"A book cover is a promise that the book itself either keeps...or breaks."

Lowell T.
The covers on the right are my ideas for books yet to be written.

Need I say more? I was going to put a big photo of Sarah, Rush, Glenn, etc. on the cover, but I didn't want to get sued. Beside, it would be redundant, wouldn't it?

As Malcolm once said about "Negroes", "white" Americans have been "took, had and bamboozled" - by other "whites". The latest economic meltdown is just the most recent evidence. But there's a long and sad history, starting with the terms "white" and "Caucasian".

It's about time...isn't it?

What happens when the secessionists finally succeed? You'd be surprised. Or would you?

I just thought of this this morning, January 22, 2010 - the morning after the latest bonehead, anti-American Supreme Court decision.

I was waiting for someone to write this book. But nobody did, so here I am once again to the rescue.

In the tradition of James Weldon Johnson's "Autobiography of an Ex Colored Man" and William Styron's "Confessions of Nat Turner" I thought I'd begin this series of books. Should it be fiction or non-fiction? You decide. Email me at lowellt@hotmail.com with your vote.OK? I'll be waiting here by my modem.

Most sentient beings seem to agree that the consequences of too much capitalism has pretty much put our species on the fast track to extinction. Right? But few are talking seriously about the devastation of our mental atmosphere, especially here in the capitalist capital of the world. Well, let the games begin, here.

Nobody asked me but here's my gratuitous comments on the state of the American Experiment. From George Washington to Booker T.. From Abe to Zsa Zsa, you'll get a second opinion on the gaudy spectacle they call the US of A from a member of its original "captive audience".

Now it can be told - the so-called experts, pundits, scholars, academic wunderkinds, etc., are clueless about so much that what they do actually know "fer sure" doesn't really compare. This is an exposé of the knowledge priesthood - and not a second too soon. I just read a piece by David Brooks on the NYTimes site that is exhibit A in the case against the punditocracy. No, I take that back. Alan Greenspan's "beats the hell our of me" response to Congressional questioning about how his Ayn Rand philosophy proved so wrong in our latest economy crash is Exhibit A. As Malcolm said, in essence, "We been took, we been had and bamboozled" by false profits (misspelling intended).

Out of a Job...And Lovin' it.

Out of a Job...And Lovin' it.
Isn't it about time our politicians told us the truth about the economy...and then design a way to deal with it in our post-industrial nation?

Making a Good Living.

Making a Good Living.
There's seldom been a better time to re-think your priorities. This is not your momma and daddy's job market. Maybe you should think about whether you really want to live their lives. I know it's kinda philosophical, but I'm in one of those moods.

Governed by Greed

Governed by Greed
Taking a hint from Deep Throat in "All the Presidents' Men" (at least in the movie version), I found that almost everything in American life can be understood if you "follow the money". In this book I plan to do just that, starting with our nation's first "killer app", slavery.

THE SKINNERZ

THE SKINNERZ
This is my first attempt at fiction on this site. In fact, it's not really fiction. It's a new category I just made up called Finction or Fuinction. (Don't ask me how to pronounce it). Or you can call it Functional Fiction, which I define as fiction designed to serve a purpose in the real world. I know, I know, real writers aren't supposed to care about that. But since I'm a writer without portfolio, I can do whatever I damn want. Right? Want to find out more, email me at lowelltho@gmail.com, OK?

America, AB

America, AB
How will the election of the nation's first "Black" President change US? Let the speculation begin.

Paying the Skin Tax

Paying the Skin Tax
Stuff happened since I posted this Cover a few weeks ago, 1. I found out somebody had already used "SkinTax" as a title for a poetry book a few years ago. 2. Henry Louis Gates became the poster boy (man?) for paying his Skin Tax and exhibit AA for the phrase. So I changed my title to "Paying the Skin Tax" and wrote a comment on Gates Gate on HuffPost. (Click on the cover if you want to read it).

DuhMocracy in America

DuhMocracy in America
We Americans love to lambast our politicians as we cynically watch them being bought and sold by our Monetary Masters. But what if we suddenly had to actually run the country ourselves? What if the much-touted "People" were really in charge? I'm talking about your idiot cousin and your barely sentient uncle J? Scary isn't it? I like to think of this book as the new millennial sequel to Tocqueville's 19th century tome, "Democracy in America". But, what do you think? Email me at lowelltho@gmail.com. BTW: I just my first vote from Dennis L.. He gives ""Duhmocracy..." Title 9; design 5" (which he upgraded to 6 after he realized my scratchy style was on purpose).
I came up with this when atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens launched their attack on all things religious a few years ago. At first, not being faithful to any particular religion myself, I thought it was good to finally hear from the non-believing peanut gallery. 

But then I read reviews and parts of each book and felt a little conflicted.

On one hand, I liked their pluck and their willingness to express what many people think but would never think of saying.  They all were pretty articulate and even entertaining in their own ways. But they each expressed their faith in no-faith with a snarky certainty that rubbed me the wrong way. I thought, "There's got to be a better answer to this age-old conflict than this". "Faith in Good" is my answer. If you'd like to find out more, email me at lowelltho@gmail.com.

In 1957, a business journalist named Vance Packard wrote a book that woke Americans up to the dark magic of the ad industry, The Hidden Persuaders. Weapons of Mass Manipulation is its new millennial successor, not written by a journalist, but by moi, a man who spent his adult life creating ads. I guess you could call me a recovering adman, putting my communications skills to better use.

How much should we know about the self-appointed guardians of our freedom? More than we do. My idea is based on the old journalist's motto, "If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out".

Monday, May 25, 2009

14 comments:

Arda said...

This site definitely kicks ass, love it!

Lowell said...

Dr. Arda,
I really appreciate you taking time on your much-deserved trip back home to comment on Little Lowell's little blog.
Thanks,
Lowell

Arda said...

I got to say I became a frequent visitor of your website. I find the idea very interesting. Congrants. Very inspiring..

Lowell said...

Dr. A,
Thanks. Now go tell your friends.

I need enough traffic to sell out to Amazon or Google or Barnes & Noble...or somebody.

Also, did you check out my latest Huffpost blog yet? Just Google my name, + Gates + Skin Tax and you'll find it. Then get back to me with your words of praise and awe.

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith said...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lowell Thompson has something to say...Chicago's Very Own MCA: Most Creative Artist


Chicago, IL USA:

One of the Greatest Artists of all Times, lives right here in Chicago and I am proud to call him 'Friend.' Being as controversial, clever and creative as he is, LOWELL THOMPSON posted an interesting Paragraph on his latest BLOG called:

buythecover.com

that I just had to comment on. Then feeling my answers were just as 'radical' as his, I posted it here -- to get more BANG for one's buck. This is that Comment(ary). Do visit

buythecover.com

as it's an IDEA that will change the course and discourse of Modern Literature.

My eNote Response to Lowell follows:

* * * * *

LOWELL:

Lowell-say: This is my first attempt at fiction on this site.



ASK-say: That’s not evident, at all.



Lowell-say: In fact, it's not really fiction.



ASK-say: You don’t say. You mean there is something else out there floating around. Could it possibly be THE TRUTH, disguised as Commercialness.



Lowell-say: It's a new category I just made up...



ASK-say: Lowell, my Man, if you are going to WRITE on The Internet – then sound professional. How would U do that? Well, I will tell you. It’s quite simple. #1: Take the Word: MADE UP and substitute: CREATE. It’s much more impressive, classy and extends a better Image than those who MAKE things up, although they are creative in their own manner. Sometimes, SOUNDS in writing does make the difference between acceptance and believe. I know you want to 'garner' both, as well as a paycheck, satisfying as that is.



Lowell continues: ...called Finction or Fuinction. (Don't ask me how to pronounce it).

ASK-say: The pronunciation is also simple. Try:



Feek-shun and FOO-in-shun.



That’s easy enough but those Acronyms don’t have a special or certain RING to them like most of your other Work and Paintings do. Lose it. But if you insist, which you probably will: Finction or Fuinction (because those words stand for:



Functional Fiction



you could use the hyphenated Word:




Lowell-says: I can do whatever I damn want. Right?



ASK-says: Lowell, there might be children 'out there' surfing the Internet who want to become an Artist/Writer/Advertising Pro like you – a Func-Fictionist-@-large in a functional way, means and manner so you really should not DAMN anything on The Internet – it’s a Netiquette Type Thang to do or not to do. Bill Shakespeare wouldn't.



LT-says in closing: Want to find out more, email me at lowelltho@gmail.com, OK?

ASK-say: You have time to correspond with The Masses when most of the Art in the Museums & at the Galleries of the world could use some of



The Thompson Touch?



Better start cranking out The Art, Lowell – leave the WORDS to the Critics who will be examining pieces as YOUR OBAMA Portrait which should be hanging in President Obama’s Office…WRITE now, as a matter of fact…and all those other fine pieces you have created as well as those Gems also known as: Advertorial Art Forms you place on:

BUYTHECOVER.com

Hey, if you can DO both – the more Power to you…it’s nice to see somebody succeed – and be as concerned about The Arts as you do!

As you know (in Final clo-ZING), G-d loves the Little Children that love themselves. Or so it goes, on and on and on. As usual, I enjoyed reading and perusing your latest Blog Pages – BUY THE COVER. It certain contains so much Creativity, it should be voted BLOG of the Year, next to mine, of course!


Be well – Creativity is all around us – how it’s interpreted is what it is all about…

And that's why I call this PLANET:

THE LAND OF LOWELL (R).

For the entire Blog, please check out:


KOOPERSMITHIn'
http://adriennesiouxkoopersmith.blogspot.com/

for August 4, 2009


Signed & Posted by:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Koopersmith’s Global Communications
“People read what ASK writes about…”
&

Author of: SKiN: How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race ©2009

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith said...

Lowell, Lowell, Lowell,

will you ever learn? There's a Difference between BEING HUNGRY for food and for fashion and fame. That's exactly what the Magazine is trying to do. Glorify FAT. Listen, I've been there. I was chubby when I was little becuz I was very fortunate and had a stay-at-home MOM who made meals -- real meals with real food -- all by scratch and not only did I eat what was in my PLATE, but a few helpings.

OK, granted the GAL is sticking up for our Fatter American Babes who have some 'sexy' flesh on their bones, but for the most part, the cover model is air-brushed and any BMI: Body Mass Index amount over 20 lbs. is just plain BAD - as in unhealthy for your bones; heart and what is known as longevity.

I rather have the Premise of that magazine be a helpful guide to OVER-coming your hunger for eating too much -- than a glorification of Flubber and Flab.

Another Pertinent Point (taking into account the APP Factor) that needs to be made at this crucial time since HUNGER got your attention, therefore it's of national concern now is that I actually watched 80% of NBC's Biggest Loser last nite on prime time and those 'young adults' have major problems. Their coaches even made mention of how these young adults - the 'contestants' if you want to call them by that label - were using FOOD to stuff their emotions. Granted, by being worked to the bone, some lost as much as 19 lbs. in a week, there's deep underlying problems to any addiction - whether it is food, drugs, liquor, sex, shopping, etc.

The most current statistics in America (as well as other industrialized countries) state that Morbid Obesity has never seen higher levels.

It's far better to BE AT THE GYM exercising and NOT exorcising your body every day...than to be behind a PC publishing and creating a Magazine that condones this kind of behavior.

OK, so you're rating a cover - but it's far deeper a problem than most men realize...

Enough said. Your turn.

Posted by:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Author: SKiN: How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race (C)2009

Posted 9-16-9 - 2:52 PM CST

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith said...

Dr. Thompson: What the Experts don't know, LOWELL does...but then again,you have to figure out what an Expert is, definition wise. Does experience make you an expert? Does winning prizes and awards make you an expert? Are there experts in the animal kingdom for a pet that travels home 1000s of miles when lost? Do all experts write books or need to? Was Einstein an expert or Edison? The same goes with the words: Author and Authority? If we wish to make our lives simpler and less complicated in this complex of all worlds, we wouldn't have to deal or concern ourselves with Experts or Authors & Authorities and just concern ourselves with Life itself.

Your take, Dr. T?

FROM:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Author:
SKiN: How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race
Chicago, IL USA

Posted: 9-30-9 - 10:13 AM

Anonymous said...

To quote your latest Blogmentary, Doctor T:

The photo is also middle-of-the-road hack art. If I had done it, I would have put her in the distance in silhouette on top of an Alaskan glacier with a big Bowie knife in her hand and a hunting rifle strapped to her back. That's going rogue.

And, as you had asked: But, what do you think?

ASK here: I totally agree. The picture is boring; it makes her look like a school gal and nothing ROGUE-ish it all. And, of course, she is capitalizing in on the entire fiasco only because McCain was in the news recently -- the last few days or so.

Why don't you do your interpretation in Art Form, Lowell and place it next to hers - I'd love to see that - altho I must say I would not have rated the design and title anything higher than a 2.1.

For those publishers who need a real artist to draw a real cover by a real PERSON, they should hire you -- live and kickin here at:

Lowell.does.The.Best.Art.com

Thanks for the thought provokations, Doctor T. And how about a BOOK on How Chicago lost the Olympics. My art would look like

chicagOLYMPICS go South to:
riOLYMPICS (R).

You can do the rest...

Cheers,

ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koop
Author: SKiN: How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race (C)2009
Chicago - IL USA

Posted: 10-2-9 - 12:50 PM CST
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