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The bombast transcripts : rants and screeds of RageBoy
Locke, Christopher.
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Cambridge, MA : Perseus Pub., [2002]

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vii, 278 pages ; 22 cm
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Entropy gradient reversals.
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E169.12 .L57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In more ways than one, Chris Locke has raised a godawful racket on the Net. Under his alter-egotistical nom de plume, RageBoy, and through his webzine, Entropy Gradient Reversals, he has entertained and enlightened thousands of readers from some of the world's largest companies, governments, and institutions-including those from which he's managed to escape.Now for the first time in browser-free format, The Bombast Transcripts brings together the best of his worst. And his worst is very good indeed. Marvel as one of America's foremost social critics interviews pop-media superstars such as IBM's Lou Gerstner, Sayanarology's Moe Ron Hubbard, Godzilla, Mr. Ed, and, in a twisted hall-of-mirrors tour de force, RageBoy himself. Tremble in awe as mysteries of the universe unfold, from thermodynamics and cutting-edge neurophysiology to sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. Thrill to obfuscation so arcane you'll need to be sedated. Laugh so hard you'll think you have been. While Locke's semantic antics will have you in stitches, his real aim is for the jugular-via a triple bypass transplanting business, media, and social mores into a carnivalesque landscape of the imagination where conventional logic bellies up and flatlines. Part scathing send-up of commercial techno-fetishism, part hysterical stand-up on the theme of spiritual bankruptcy, part intimate memoir of a vibrant and uncompromising life, The Bombast Transcripts will rock you, shock you, and leave you pondering what The Economist once called "the wisdom of RageBoy."From the Bombast Transcripts: "Wandering barefoot on the Lower East Side of New York, over a thousand dollars cash in my pocket, looking to score, bring back for the holy freaks the one good thing. Odysseus adrift. Also in my pocket, the Tarot, the Waite deck I'd just bought that day. I went into The Eatery on Second Avenue and my waitress saw the cards. 'I was raised by Gypsies,' she said. 'I will tell you about the trumps if you like.' I had just dropped another tab and had little time left I knew, but she sat with me and pointed to each of the major arcana, the Lovers, the Fool, the Tower, Death. Then stopped. 'You have two Magicians,' she said...."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

RageBoy, the cyber-handle of gonzo-journalist Locke, has collected here his online columns, mostly from his Web zine, Entropy Gradient Reversals. Entries range from the autobiographical (his LSD and drinking years, followed by his own weird version of sobriety) to mock-interview (his chats with TV horse Mr. Ed or "Moe Ron Hubbard, father of Diuretics and Sayonaralogy"). Favorite targets include corporate culture (which he'd consider an oxymoron) and academic posturing (his "Snack with Andr" imagines situationist philosopher Guy Debord as Port Authority panhandler DeMerde; his piece "deriding Derrida" exposes French postmodernists as so many "petty control freaks"). While his rants take potshots at a variety of cultural sacred cows (including a wicked analysis of America's fondness for the Weather Channel), it's Locke's own history as an early artificial intelligence/cyberspace pioneer that informs his most damning critique the co-optation of the Internet. In the early days, people who knew how the Internet worked "were mainly using it to fuck off We thought it was important to fuck off." They wanted the Internet to be different from all the other media, a place to "tell stories" about things that mattered, like "heaven, earth, man, woman." But it wasn't long before the "marketing boys" took over, reducing the Net to just another way to sell product. Resurrect William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Ken Kesey, add a dash of Dilbert and that's RageBoy. Though it's not for everyone, this "browser-free format" may bring in new audiences. (Feb.) Forecast: This work will be popular with college kids at places like Berkeley readers of Locke's earlier Gonzo Marketing may not get these rants. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Author's Note and List of Unindicted Co-Conspiratorsp. vii
Introduction: Dr. Paracelsus, I Presumep. 1
Disclaimerp. 8
Reading the Dictionaryp. 9
Winter Solsticep. 14
I Was a Teenage Brain Surgeonp. 18
RageBoy Tells Allp. 30
Pattern Recognitionp. 41
Shake!p. 48
Signs and Portentsp. 56
Dust My Broomp. 63
Bad Science, No Picturesp. 71
She Moves in Mysterious Waysp. 78
Wordp. 83
Desideratap. 94
I Have a Dream: An Interview with Corporate Legalp. 96
Ships in the Night: The 666 Exit Interviewp. 103
50-Minute Hourp. 111
The Cover Letterp. 118
Uniquely Qualifiedp. 126
Welcome to the Weather Channelp. 130
On Getting Itp. 135
DiChirico Fends Off the Spectral Bats of Andalusiap. 143
China Risingp. 148
Our Snack with Andrep. 153
Deathp. 159
Two Guys in a Barp. 168
Sex Rears Its Ugly Headp. 175
Omar Reads the Netp. 179
Faster Horses!p. 186
Moe Ron Hubbard on Diureticsp. 192
Bopp till You Dropp. 199
An Interview with Mr. Edp. 203
Talking Curep. 213
Tonight on Cary Ling Jive!p. 225
Writer's Blocp. 234
Foreignerp. 240
Trip Reportp. 242
Celebrate Responsiblyp. 255
Clues You Can Losep. 262
Red Shift Bluesp. 270
Music Appreciationp. 275