December 1982



Empires rise and fall like the abdomen of God. It’s just the universe breathing.

Scoop Nisker

The Sun Interview

Buckminster Fuller Talks Politics

As of last year, more than 37,000 articles had been published about Richard Buckminster Fuller and his work. The first of these appeared in 1917; half were written in the past twenty years. Fuller, now 87, is a one-man global institution: the genial grandfather of American inventiveness, the man who geodesically squared the circle, the best-known American thinker alive. The universal adoption of his dome designs has made him the most prolific architect in human history . He has been awarded 39 honorary doctorates, a gold medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, one from the British monarch, and at least five other gold medals, two grand prizes from the Milan Triennale exhibition, and five awards from the American Institute of Architects — although he was expelled from college, earned no degrees and is not licensed
to practice architecture. Fifty years after his Harvard class graduated without him, Phi Beta Kappa awarded him its key. He always wears it.

By Lightning Allan Brown
The Sun Interview

Looking Back

Tuli Kupferberg On The Not-So-Bygone Sixties

At a time when radio stations clung safely to bubble-gum rock, The Fugs — Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Saunders, and Ken Weaver — were to music what Lenny Bruce was to comedy. Their shows were communal theater, their style off-beat and irreverent, with simple tunes and lyrics ranging from lightly sarcastic to outright raunchy. With songs like “Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side,” “Coca-Cola Douche,” “I Couldn’t Get High,” and “The Nothing Song,” they were catalysts of what Tuli Kupferberg calls “a kind of beat-hippie -bohemian defiance of the status quo, the establishment, and the America that sucks.” That was 1965. Seventeen years later, it seems an era has come and gone. Or has it?

By Various Authors
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Pocket Physics And The Metaphysics Of Pocket Physics

What is proposed here is a new model of the universe which can easily be verified by computer, perhaps in just a few hours. Indeed, as will be seen, it has much in common with the way computers themselves are working. However, since I know little about computers, physics, or mathematics, I am making no claim for the argument beyond the few ground rules at the start. If they are correct, and show themselves useful in describing physical events, then computers themselves will provide far more convincing extrapolations and statements than I could in these few pages.

By Thaddeus Golas
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Legally Piggly

When I was young, there were people whom everybody knew to be very “wealthy.” Nobody had the slightest idea of what the “wealth” consisted. “Rich” people sometimes had their own private banks — as, for instance, J.P. Morgan and Company. Ordinary people rushed to deposit their earnings in the wealthy people’s banks.

By Buckminster Fuller
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Main Thing

8/14/77 — Got up at noon. After that the only thing that held any interest for me was having a roast beef dinner. Nevertheless, I went from writing to chanting to errands. The butcher at Fireside Market picked up a huge chunk of rolled sirloin tip and said he could cut it in half, for $2.06 a lb. My finger pointed to the beef on sale for $1.89 a lb. He dismissed the gesture. “Is it a lot better?” I asked. He nodded. When I got home I tried to fasten a belt attachment on the vacuum, before putting groceries away. Jason came in and saw me struggling, brown grocery bags on the table. “You haven’t even got the ice cream in the freezer yet. It’s going to melt all over,” he screeched. Then, because he was in a hurry himself, he charged back out the door to play.

By Cheryl Schilling

The Gabriel Books


“The Gabriel Books” are a series of small cartoon books.

By Natalia d’Arbeloff


(March 22, 1977)

By Michael Shorb