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Performing for an Audience That Doesn’t Know They’re Watching – An Interview with Bob Pagani

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The Annual

Last month we published an article detailing how Andy Kaufman faked his death. Shortly after this we received a message from Bob Pagani, co-creator of The Slycraft Hour and the man who witnessed meeting between Alan Abel and Andy Kaufman. He told us that not only had he witnessed it, but he arranged it. We got him on the phone for an interview and he dished on hoaxing the media, his relationship with Andy Kaufman, and that fateful meeting.

You’re a—would the term be “professional media hoaxer?”

I don’t know about the professional part. That implies money right? I’ve done a lot of it, yeah, over the last bunch of years, the last thirty years or so… or more actually. From when I first met Alan Abel and a thing or two I did when I was younger.

How did you become a hoaxer, and when did you…

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An Open Letter from a Black Man to His White Family in a Moment of Violence

Radical Faggot

The name of the movement is Black Lives Matter. If you are not involved, I assume you take issue with the statement. The name of the movement is Black Lives Matter. If you are not involved, I assume you take issue with this statement.

To the white people I share home with,

I’ve gotten degrees. I’ve been published. I’ve spoken at academic gatherings. I’ve taught classes and workshops. I’ve built up a resume. I’ve gained employment in the acceptable fields of social justice. For years, you told me these were the things I needed to do in order to be listened to.

I’ve participated in direct action. I’ve been arrested. I’ve survived nearly three decades in a country that hates me. I’ve predicted the formation of movements, the swell of riots, months and even years before their occurrences. I don’t know what else I need to do to be legitimized, be validated, to be worthy of being heard and taken seriously.

I am exhausted from trying to get you on board with…

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What is bipolar, anyway?

The Bipolar Girl Next door

This is as good a place to start as any. Most people hardly know what bipolar actually is, and people who think they know often have a lot of misconceptions. So let’s get started:

Is bipolar related to borderline personality disorder?

No.

I used to get them confused because they both start with a B and have a P in the name, but they’re totally different. Simply put, borderline personality disorder has to do with an intense fear of abandonment (among other things), while bipolar is about mood swings.

If it helps, keep in mind that bipolar starts with bi-, as in “two” – for two moods (highs and lows).

Does bipolar mean you’re really sad and then really happy?

No.

The “high” period (also called mania or hypomania) includes a rush of energy that can cause anxiety, jitters, and insomnia. During my most recent high, my body was falling apart…

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You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma

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Bully Bloggers

by Jack Halberstam

I was watching Monty Python’s The Life of Brian from 1979 recently, a hilarious rewriting of the life and death of Christ, and I realized how outrageous most of the jokes from the film would seem today. In fact, the film, with its religious satire and scenes of Christ and the thieves singing on the cross, would never make it into cinemas now. The Life of Brian was certainly received as controversial in its own day but when censors tried to repress the film in several different countries, The Monty Python crew used their florid sense of humor to their advantage. So, when the film was banned in a few places, they gave it a tagline of: “So funny it was banned in Norway!”

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Humor, in fact, in general, depends upon the unexpected (“No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!”); repetition to the point of hilarity “you can…

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