“Raving Radicals” is Out! Reflections on publishing my first novel

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Esteemed 21st Century Proletarian Literature followers and passersby,

As you may have already noticed from recent updates to my website, the 21st century proletarian novel Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax is now on sale.

The publication of Raving Radicals represents the culmination of a long and arduous process.

I began writing  Raving Radicals over three years ago, in the summer of 2013. Many significant changes took place in my life since then. I left my precarious job as a low-income airport worker and took what I could say is perhaps a more culturally productive job halfway around the world, encountering many interesting strangers here, some of whom have even become my family members. Although the nature of employment in the Second World has lowered my income in real terms, it has allowed me to leave behind the cesspool of ultra-reactionary settler descendants which is the USA, which I am thankful for. Even though much of my family is indigenous to the Americas, I think avant-garde decolonizers should seriously consider voluntarily evacuating the occupied lands of North America. It is a patronizing self-entitlement settler mindset of the white Leftist which says that it is somehow more courageous to continue to reap the benefits of genocidal papal bull-based land theft than to go away, or at least take a long hiatus (and not in Canada!). There were plenty of days and weeks when I felt blocked and inspiration deficient, and when it came time for proofreading and editing, some serious flemme onset began when I realized that I was working with what must be the most glitchy word-processing program ever. Eventually though, it was over. While the publication of Raving Radicals represents the end of one process, it is also the beginning of another: that of 21st Century Proletarian Literature revitalization.

Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax will be fundamentally dissimilar to anything you have ever read before.

Raving Radicals is a satirical geopolitical thriller and a transmo proletarian novel. It is like an inverted Red Dawn; that’s why its working title was Red Twilight. I feel that there are two essential literary sources of inspiration behind Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax, though there may be others of secondary importance. One was Tzvetan Todorov’s Introduction à la littérature fantastiqueI was fascinated by the notion of the fantastique, which I believe captures the revolutionary spirit of these apparently “pre-revolutionary” times we live in more closely than either the merveilleux or l’étrange, because we constantly face the tension between feasibility and infeasibility. The revolutionary overhaul of society is a strange outcome-prediction in that it will seem inevitable, understandable by the common framework of understanding once it has become a past event, but proletarian literature must be fantastic–not strange–because Marxian science is by its nature flirtatious with impossiblity: bourgeois ideas rule, and are therefore socially imbued with feasibility, while proletarian and subaltern ideas are construed as infeasible, impossible. The second literary source which I would acknowledge as impactful upon the production of Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax was Marimba Ani’s Yurugu: An Afro-centric Critique of European Thought and Behavior and its insistence upon the consciousness-altering hormone. I also harnessed fantastic, strange, and marvelous bits and pieces of the histories of myself and my ancestors. I should also acknowledge and thank the members of Red Shadowthe economics rock ‘n’ roll band, who gave me permission to reproduce the lyrics to their song Get Your Ass with the Class in a scene in which the radical Santa Muerte-worshipping revolutionary protagonists play communist music like Red Shadow, Sun Rise Above, and 240 Bravo to de-program to captured agents of the Homeland Intelligence Agency.

The recent fire and mass casualty in Oakland, California comes as a timely and macabre reminder of the necessity of socialist revolution. It comes just over one year and one month after a similar fire in Bucharest which killed 64 persons, in a similar space.

Raving Radicals seemed to anticipate these tragedies in a way, because Raving Radicals begins with a group of young activists who go to a warehouse rave where a mass casualty incident occurs. Mass casualty incidents are tragically often the inciting incidents of our modern stories. In Raving Radicals, the partygoers are not killed by fire, but by a stampede triggered by a police raid. Because Raving Radicals is satirical, much of its action is over the top. However, given that the conditions of capitalism push people, especially young people, into precarious situations, we can consider that fires caused by bourgeois negligence are not unlike a stampede caused by maximum voltage taser-happy pigs.

If you do decide to read Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax, please consider purchasing it from:

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Help promote 21st century proletarian literature

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*IMPORTANT NOTICE*: Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax is competing in the “Grand Novel Contest”. As such, until further notice, please go read RRBB here and help promote 21st century proletarian literature by voting for RRBB!




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Installment 20: “Radicals Regroup” – OUT NOW

Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax reaches its twentieth installment today. Get out your notebooks, because Wither slapte will be dropping some serious nuggets of Marxian wisdom as the raving radicals begin their May 1st occupation of the State Capitol Building, organizing a teach-in near the Capitol’s Rotunda. But don’t despair, action lovers. Things are sure to heat up when the National Guard crashes the party in a bid to put a stop to the blasted radical commie protest.

In the mean time, feel free to relish this clip exhibiting the exquisite fusion of electro milky way style dance and proletarian internationalism:

Read it NOW – Chapter 9: “DANCE WITH THE DEVIL”

The 21st century proletarian novel Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax continues! The latest installment, Chapter 9: “Dance with the Devil”, from Part One: “A Book Club Gone Awry” is now AVAILABLE TO BE READ.

New chapter, “NEWSMAKERS” – now AVAILABLE

You can now read Part 1, Chapter 4: “Newsmakers” from Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax. 

In this chapter, we are presented with a newspaper article from the fictional Twin Cities newspaper, the Sun Tribune. Witherslapt and Izzy have just purchased the paper, surprised to find out that a large number of persons died when the rave they were at the previous night was busted.

In doing a little research for this chapter’s subject matter, I came across this very surreal video of militarized police in Utah busting a rave party (which apparently even did have a permit) in 2005, just 2 years after the invasion of Iraq. How quickly the chickens come home to roost!

An article about that incident: Police bust Utah rave, arrest 60, assault others

Chapter 2 is now up

“Chapter 2 – Piggies on the Prowl” from Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax is now available. In this chapter you’ll meet Officer Peabody and Lieutenant Jackson, two important foes of our protagonist youths.

Link to “Chapter 2 – Piggies on the Prowl” from “Part One: A Book Club Gone Awry”

First installment of „Raving Radicals” is up

So, I just posted the first chapter (Blazin’) from “Part One: A Book Club Gone Awry” of Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax!

It feels . . . good to finally start getting my story out there.

This is a proletarian satirical geo-ethno-political thriller for the masses, the hipster youth and leftish leaning masses. But does such a market exist? Well, yes and no. I’m more concerned with demographics than marketability right now. Raving Radicals was written to entertain, inspire, perhaps even educate, not to make a profit. But pobre de mi patron, piensa que el pobre soy yo. I really believe that  Raving Radicals does something that few other books are doing right now, and it’s something very necessary. Don’t let this rambling post discourage you though; just read the chapter!

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