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Black Rose

Last Writes:


March 9: George Salzman- The Conquest of Bread: On Food, Energy, Entropy, and Anarchism

March 23: Danielle- Prostitution as Psychological Gueri/la Warfare April 6: Grace Paley-Reading from her work

April 27: Howard Erlich-Building a Transfer Culture: How To Get From Here to There

May 4: The Women's Community Health Center-Self-Help as an Organizationa/ Tool

We received a great deal of help from many people in producing Black Rose. We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the people at Radica/ America who helped us arrange our mailing lists. Radical America (P.O. Box B, Cambridge, MA 02140) is a bimonthly magazine of generally marxist persuasion. Their latest issue 0 an.-Feb.) features a look at pornography, "Erotica and Socialist Morality," and an article on city organizing in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts by Kathy McAfee of the City Life group active in Jamaica Plain.

Frank Brodhead of Resist (324 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143) also helped a great deal with the mailing. Resist functions as a conduit for funds which are given as grants to various groups engaged in what can be called "progressive" organizing. The selection of groups for grants is non-sectarian and wide-ranging. Resist is also the name of that group's monthly newsletter.

"Last Writes" is a space given over to the editor of each issue to use for announcements of events or to point out articles or journals of interest. The group as a whole has input, but the final choice is at the editor's fancy, there being no other criteria. Perhaps this is the place to state our policy toward exchange subscriptions with other publications. We will willingly exchange with any publication so desiring. But we have decided as a group that we will not exchange advertisements, and will print no advertisements of any kind in Black Rose, save what is mentioned by the editor in "Last Writes," as I said before.

So, to mention but two. Since the beginning of the Black Rose group we have enjoyed a working, and for some of us a personal, relationship with Murray Bookchin. He has recently revived the publication of a provocative tri-weekly newsletter, Comment, which he published in the early sixties. It basically presents Murray's thoughts on things and costs eighty cents an issue. The address is P.O. Box 371, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Cultural Correspondence (c/o Dorrwar Bookstore, 224 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906, $2 each issue) publishes seriously humorous articles on a variety of topics. Recent issues center upon "feminist humor," including women's underground comics, interviews with Trina Robbins, and Mary Beard's "Laughing Our Way."

A very well-done reissue of Rudolf Rocker's long out-of-print "anarchist classic," Nationalism and Culture (written in the 1930s), has been released for $15 (600 pages) by Michael Coughlin, Publisher, 1985 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.

The Association of Libertarian Feminists and the Gay Men's Alliance of Hunter College will sponsor an anarchist feminist conference on Saturday, April 28, at Park Royal Hotel, 23 West 73 Street, in New York, starting at 11 a.m. Speakers will include Alix Kates Shulman and Paul Avrich. Their address is 41 Union Square West, Suite 1428, NY, NY 10003.

We have heard an unsubstantiated rumor that a well-known West Coast chantreuse with avenues of influence in that area's governmental circles has seen the light and is changing her name to L. Kronstadt. Not with a bang but a whimper.

Finally, the second issue of Black Rose will appear by June and will feature an interview with Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, an article on the revival of the selective service, a piece by Lester Mazor on the State, book reviews, poetry, and more. We can always use more articles and anyone who wishes may submit an article to us. Articles should be typewritten, double-spaced, and will not be returned. We will not print every article we receive and will try to respond as quickly as possible to each author about their article. We also ask that articles given to us not be given to other publications until we have decided upon whether to print or not.

-John Hess


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