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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Moon of Innocence -- Chapter 2 posted; Win $500

Chapter 2 of the free blog serialization of my new novel The Moon of Innocence is now posted for your reading enjoyment.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Moon of Innocence -- published

The Moon of Innocence a new novel by Uke Jackson is now published.

You can order it in Kindle format for $3.99  to read on your Kindle, your smartphone, your laptop, your iPad or other tablet:

You can order it in paperback:for $9.99:

You can read it for FREE as a 50 week blog serial:

As always, the green links are for clicking, not golf.

Here's a description of the book:

Friday, November 18, 2011


Great news from the Delaware Riverkeeper:

Turning Point in the Delaware River Watershed
Against Gas Drilling and Fracking
Delaware River Basin Commission CANCELS Special Meeting
Governor Jack Markell of Delaware Announces Opposition 

            Wilmington, DEThe Delaware River Basin Commission has cancelled the special meeting set for Monday November 21 they had scheduled to vote on opening the Delaware River Watershed for gas drilling and fracking.  The dominoes began to fall when Governor Jack Markell announced that Delaware would vote against the plan to allow gas development to commence in the Delaware River Watershed.  New York had earlier stated that they were voting “NO” on the proposal.  Apparently, the Commission did not feel they had the three votes needed to move the proposal forward, cancelling the use of the War Memorial Theater for Monday. 

            Members of the public who opposed the adoption of the proposed natural gas development regulations praised Governor Markell for putting science above politics and listening to tens of thousands of people who have said “Don’t Drill the Delaware”.  They also cheered the cancellation of the meeting and heralded the news as the first step towards killing the plan to allow drilling and fracking for natural gas in the sensitive Delaware River Watershed, water supply for 15 million people and a National Wild and Scenic River. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Plexus is Back in Town

Last night in the Music Deparmet of NYU, John Gilbert hosted a celebration of the great Sandro Dernini's new book about the Plexus art movement of the 1980s. The title is Art Slavery from the Plexus Eighties and it is an illustrated catalog of photographs from Plexus events from around the world.

It is worth noting that until now, Plexus has remained ignored by the art and performance world's "official gatekeepers" (read elitists). The reason for this is that Plexus was open to any artist who showed up to participate. We opposed the elitist attitude that established an "art market" hierarchy dominated by the elitists for the elitists. We were a community-based effort to make art accessible and open to all.

In those days, The Unknown Playwright was the impresario and dramaturge fror Plexus. Several of my early posts on this blog were about Sandro and Plexus. Anyway, lots of old friends and colleagues showed up Here are some fun shots from this blog's resident cartographer and photographer Mike Anton.  

As always, the green links are for clicking, not golf.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The Unknown Playwright is currently in Hollywood (Florida). However, on the morrow he returns North and he will join the inimitable JJ Peppers on Friday night at the Hunters Lodge on Route 46 in Knowlton Township, NJ.

Working Class Bohemians

Hunters Lodge
 9pm - Midnite

Route 46 Knowlton Township, NJ

Friday, November 11, 2011

Startling (Horrifying?) Realization

It took coming back to south Florida to see the whole picture.

After the line up of clowns running for the Republican presdiential nomination have shot themselves in their respective feet,  the wildly unpredictable Tea Baggers may very well split the primaries to the point where the convention opens deadlocked. A "true conservative" is drafted in a series of backroom deals. He is presented to the convention and wins the nomination by overwhelming popular acclaim. His coffers and those of the superpacs supporting him are immediately overflowing with double the incumbent's touted billion dollar campaign fund. The Republican nominee goes on to defeat Obama easily. In 2013, the world witnesses the inauguration of President Jeb Bush.


On Vacation

The Unknown Playwright is on vacation in South Florida, relaxing af6ter finishing his new novel "The Moon of Innocents". Regular posting resumes November 18.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bookstore Speakeasy Tonight

Friday, November 4, The Bookstore Speakeasy

Ginseng Roots Trio
9pm - 1 am
336 Adams Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015-1661

Thursday, November 3, 2011

General Strike blog reactivated

In 2009, when it became obvious that Obama's campaign rhetoric was more cheap lying from a hack politician, I started a blog to promote the formation of a General Strike Committee. That did not go very far as an idea, or a blog. However, now I am reactivating it. If there are any readers who support the idea of a general strike across America, and you would like to post on this blog, please let me know.

Meanwhile, most of my political ranting not related to the arts will be posted on the General Strike blog:

Representative Paul Ryan -- lying piece of crap

Morning Joe has Rep. Paul Ryan of Minnesota as a guest today. He was denouncing crony capitalism. Who is his second biggest contributor of campaign cash? Goldman Sachs. "Securities and investment" is the second biggest industry source of money contributions. Crony capitalists are among his biggest contributors and we're supposed to believe he will rein them in. Hah!

The bloviators on the show are saying nothing to challenge the guy on this. He's still on. With all their Blackberries and laptops, they could have fact checked this lying piece of crap. I did.

No one in public office anywhere deserves to be re-elected. The standard of truth in American politics is -- "Say whatever you like. The media will only challenge you on something if there's sex involved."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Video from SteelStacks gig

So, last week we played at the Bethlehem SteelStacks cultural center. Bob Peruzzi sat in on trombone for several tunes. You can see him in this video. Also, JJ Peppers on sax and Jim Daniels on tuba.

I look like a damn zombie thanks to the lighting (or maybe I really do look like a zombie) but it was Halloween weekend, so it sort of works. The video quality is so-so, at best; the sound quality less so. Still, it's kind of fun to watch.

From the Dept of Random Thoughts

Banking is theft, not business.