Reading Is Bad

You shouldn't read. This activity is not good for you. When you read, you get ideas, and ideas are dangerous. Reading cuts into valuable time that might be spent sitting and watching pictures change, or pressing little buttons to make pixels move from one part of a screen to another. 

Nonetheless, many people do choose to read, and expose themselves to the potentially disruptive, offensive,  and strange thoughts of other people. The inner panels of the booklet for our album An Index of Maladjustments display, as a kind of cautionary message, a collection of books pulled at random from the shelves of one of our members. Yes, he's a reader. It's too late for him, but you can protect yourself.

In response to requests from concerned citizens organizations, we have agreed to share the list of volumes that are pictured on the CD booklet. Under no circumstances should you consider reading these or any other printed works.

The books on the inside panels of An Index of Maladjustments are:

The Politics of Experience, R. D. Laing

The Palm-Wine Drinkard, Amos Tutuola

The Politician, Robert W. Welch, Jr.

Twenty-Four Hours a Day, Richmond Walker

Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear, Javier Marias

The Abortion, Richard Brautigan

Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound, Paul Drummond

The Long Afternoon of Earth, Brian W. Aldiss

The Early Works of Windsor McCay, Volume 4, Windsor McCay

The Sixties Papers, Judith and Stewart Albert

The VALIS Trilogy, Philip K. Dick

Beau Pogo, Walt Kelly

Wreckers of Civilisation, Simon Ford

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

A Series of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums, Crass

Bend Sinister, Vladimir Nabokov

The Good War, Studs Terkel

Pop. 1280, Jim Thompson

The Trickster, Paul Radin

Love All the People, Bill Hicks

Max Ernst, Uwe Schneede

U.S.A.: Nineteen Nineteen, John Dos Passos

The Process, Bryon Gysin

High Rise, J. G. Ballard

Archy and Mehitabel, Don Marquis

The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend, Windsor McCay

Secret and Suppressed, Jim Keith

Why Are We in Vietnam, Norman Mailer

No Logo, Naomi Klein

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