Original writing by Trevor Blake…
- Animal Sacrifice, Texas Style: “It appears that animal sacrifice is acceptable in Texas, but only if it is the correct religion.”
- Coffee and Orange: “Through a long series of strange and wonderful turns of fate, I live in Portland Oregon USA yet I can buy coffee and oranges any time of the year.”
- Suffrage: “In the United States, is there a relation between when a group of people gains suffrage and the percentage of that group that is registered to vote?”
… as well as references to…
- Cinnamon Stillwell: Honor killings
- Sara Corbett: A Cutting Tradition
- Richard Owen: Pope calls for continuous prayer to rid priesthood of paedophilia
- AP and Susan Harding: Mayor’s racy photos become the talk of the town
- Christine Clarridge: Phony psychic sentenced for bilking woman of savings
- Shawn F. Peters: Abusing Children in the Name of God
- Jo-Ann Goodwin and David Jones: The unspeakable practice of female circumcision that’s destroying young women’s lives in Britain
- Maged Thabet Al-Kholidy: There must be violence against women
… see also twenty-one years worth of zines (going back to the days of photocopies and post office boxes), original art and more.
High quality scans of each individual page of OVO issues 1-14 (1987-1992) are now online. These images were used to make the PDF and OpenOffice editions of OVO. Additionally, there are more than images that have never been seen online before. Some are color scans of original art to compliment the previously available monochrome scans of multiple-generation photocopies. Some are previously unpublished collages made during those years. Some are relevant photographs.
When I started publishing OVO I was just a self-important hayseed living in a small town making a dumb little zine among thousands of others. But OVO did accomplish a few things in the first fourteen issues. OVO was the first to publish several essays by Hakim Bey that later appeared in his book T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone. OVO published work by Mike Diana long before his work drew the attention of State and Federal employees. Photographs of body piercing appeared in OVO two years before the Modern Primitives issue of Re/Search. The phrase ‘phone tag’ appears in print for the first time in the first issue of OVO. ‘Liberating Wednesday’ by PM, author of bolo’bolo, appears in OVO for the first (and only) time; this is nearly a decade before and fifty-two times more radical a suggestion than ‘Buy Nothing Day.’ Crop circles and the Men in Black are referenced at a time when they were still obscure. The first appearance of Ride Theory in print occurs in Ignatz Topolino’s contribution to OVO. And OVO was aware enough of the outer edges of scientific ethics to mention gene patents in the same year they first were granted.
OVO has a second life in the 21st Century. The contacts and content that informed the original photocopied editions remain active. At the same time, new issues are available that take advantage of the distribution capabilities of home computers, the Internet and print-on-demand services. Hundreds of thousands of pages of OVO have been distributed and new issues are in production.
A sample of the original content that appeared in OVO blog this month:
- Christ @ Work. The Bible does contain some fine moral advice in it. It also contains some inhumanly evil moral advice. It also contains some foolish nonsense that dresses itself up as moral advice. That doesn’t make it much different from any number of other books, ancient and modern.
- Extremophiles. What might humanity be able to engineer for ourselves to become extremophiles? What dangers do exremophiles present to humanity?
- Interfaith Dialog. In some places, disagreements are resolved by discussion. In other places, disagreements are resolved by flogging.
- Islam is Peace. Islam, like Christianity and all religions, is a collection of mean-spirited superstitions invented by illiterate pre-scientific nobodies that we have no reason to heed.
- Krankheit. Sometimes sickness is a benefit.
- The Latter-Day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a terrible thing if the Mormons got out of the Scouting business.
- More Sperm. February 2005 saw the return of OVO after 13 years of hibernation. The theme for that issue was ‘sperm.’ Sperm remains in the news, and here are some of the top sperm stories from the past two years.
- Peaceable Protests After Amsterdam Attacks. Police in the Dutch city of Amsterdam say several peaceful protests were held in the sixth night of memorials after officers shot a Moroccan man dead.
- Priorities. It seems that other people being free to celebrate or have their own superstitions is intolerable to Muslims, while public whippings and stoning are just fine as long as they occur in-house.
- Publius Enigma. It has something to do with Pink Floyd and the Internet and a treasure hunt.
- Saturn Return. Saturn Return is when Universe picks you up from under the Christmas tree and shakes you to see if it can figure out what you are.
- SB777. SB777 protects religious belief against discrimination. It also protects discrimination in religious belief. Only religion can distort the rule of law to this degree.
- Sharia in the United States of America. It is illegal to non-surgically amputate people’s hands as a punishment for a crime. Illegal under United States law, but legal under sharia law.
- Superstitious Exemption from the Rule of Law. For better and for worse, it is not the case that we can all happily get along. But where there is the rule of law and not force, fiat or superstition we can at least get along peaceably.
- Two Articles from All Africa. Replacing witch doctors with Christians is not going to help the situation.
- Two Links via God is for Suckers. All money spent on religion is money wasted, wasted more thoroughly than money spent on weapons or torture. At least when someone is killed or tortured, something happened.
- Workplace Religious Freedom Act (S. 893). If this bill becomes law, then religious employees will have rights and privileges that no atheist employee can have.
Many other essays and links appeared with original commentary. Fine photographs by Trevor Blake were also to be found. Visit OVO blog today.
Did you know OVO mastermind Trevor Blake was the original publisher of Hakim Bey’s Temporary Autonomous Zone?
He is one of many we are proud to see post regularly here at American Samizdat. An old zinester like me but much earlier – thanks, Trevor!