[OPE-L:6477] Designer Marxism

Gerald Levy (glevy@pratt.edu)
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 04:52:18 -0400 (EDT)

The following appeared on the aut-op-sy list. It's author, Joshua Freeze,
is a self-described "anarcho-banjoist" from the IWW in Austin, Texas.
Look what they have done to the _Communist Manifesto_.../ In solidarity,
PS: the server has been processing stuff very slowly again. Have

Designer Marxism

A new edition of the "Communist Manifesto" is out, described by Verso
publisher Colin Robinson as "elegant enough to grace a coffee table." Marx
and Engels have earned their place next to Sunset Magazine and Gentleman's
Quarterly because of this years trend towards "revolutionary chic." Thanks
also to its red tinged pages and stylish red ribbon, both Border's and
Barnes and Noble are featuring the book. Meanwhile, Barney's department
store in New York was reportedly planning to feature the book, along with
a selection of red lipsticks, in its windows as "conceptual art." Barney's
creative director Simon Doonan says "Its OK to look at the book as camp."
In this light he suggests the book could, if given an attached handle,
"make a snazzy accessory to a designer dress." (AP 3/22)


I kid you not - this is real.