Literary/Aesthetic Cliché-Probes

On America’s Bicentennial, July 4 ’76, I was standing on the top floor of one of the towers of New York City’s World Trade Center viewing the Tall Ships’ Armada sailing up the Hudson River. Over the loudspeaker broadcasting the ebullient ceremonies I heard the interviewer addressMarshall McLuhan with a question about his thoughts on the future of America as it entered its third centennial.

with a question about his thoughts on the future of America as it entered its third centennial.

With no hesitation McLuhan answered:

“In one word, apocalypse.”

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2007-10-21 Toronto, ON, Canada

Bob leads an open forum discussion following a screening of David Lynch’s film “INLAND EMPIRE” presented by Bob Marshall in the Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto

1997-10-18 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob and Tom Brennan in discussion

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at the Fialka’s and then on the street, then at a bookstore, then Bob gives a tour of the exterior of Frank Zappa’s House on Belleview

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at a restaurant, then also at the Fialka residence reading David Kahn’s “The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet”

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at the Fialka residence in the morning Video (MP4): Morning Discussion

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion on “The Bench” with 3 seperate people

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion with Ned, Phil, Gerry and others at “The Bench,” followed by talk on John Cage and some morning couch dancing at the Fialka residence

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion in the garden at the Fialka residence Video (MP4): Bob in the Garden

1996-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion with musician Tommy Mars about Frank Zappa in the garden at the Fialka residence Video (MP4): Bob and Tommy Mars

1996-7-28 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob’s morning routine and some discussion before a car ride

1996-7-27 Santa Monica. CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob on panel discussing Harold Boihem’s “The Ad and The Ego,” hosted by Gerry Fialka, from which the Essay “Phatic Communion with Satellite Machines” was largely based

1996-7-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion with filmmaker Craig Baldwin in the garden at the Fialka residence Video (MP4): Bob and Craig Baldwin

1996-7-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at an event reception

1996-7-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob and Scott (?) in discussion at the Fialka residence Video (MP4): In Conversation at the Fialka’s

1996-7-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: In prelude to discussions on “The Bench,” Gerry gives a tour of his garden, then interviews someone in an art gallery, and shoots a man’s rant on the street

1996-7-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion on the phone with Calvin Schenkel

1995-8-14 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Post-show discussion following “Studio 13”

1995-8-8 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at the Fialka residence Video (MP4): Bob_05_95

1995-8-7 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at the Fialka residence

1995-8-1-1 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion at “The Bench”

1966-8-1-1 Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob in discussion with Nigey Lennon about Frank Zappa