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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2007-12-29 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Bob and Connie, with Scott Norris and Eben Rey at Norm’s restaurant in Venice, CA, while waiting to catch a plane back to New York City after spending 6 weeks on Maui and New Zealand MP3

2007-12-28 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Bob reviews the film “McLuhan Way: In Search of Truth” with Scott Norris and Gerry Fialka at the Fialka residence

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 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

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

Gerry Fialka Video: Contemporary Communications Conference: Bob and Philip Chamberlain Video (MP4): Bob and Philip Chamberlain

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

Gerry Fialka Video: Bob has his third phone conversation with Calvin Schenkel, and a phone conversation with someone about Captain Beefheart, then he reads an article about Frank Zappa, also Gerry interviews Tom Brennan without Bob

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 has his second phone conversation with Calvin Schenkel, and Gerry interviews Tom Brennan without Bob

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

Gerry Fialka Video: Contemporary Communications Conference: Bob and Marc Free

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: Contemporary Communications Conference: Bob and David Wilson of the Museum of Jurassic Technology

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: Gerry videotapes Dr. Timothy Leary at an auditorium and at a bookstore (No Bob footage)

1996-7-29 Venice, CA, U.S.A.

Gerry Fialka Video: Contemporary Communications Conference: Bob and Randy Kopang

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

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

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

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

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

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