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Air in the Paragraph Line Carries Vijay Prozak Piece on "Nihilism"
4/26/2005 23:51 PM CST
Air in the Paragraph Line, has been reborn, and issue ten is now available.
Some of you might remember Air in the Paragraph Line, way back in the nineties. Although it started as something I used to release my own personal writing, I eventually published fiction, stories, rants, and other writing by other writers I knew. The focus was on publishing stuff that was very readable and enjoyable, as opposed to putting out the stock zine stuff like record reviews and scene reports and bad poetry.
This time around, instead of photocopying, folding, stapling, and giving myself torture by a thousand papercuts, I've turned to lulu.com to publish a real book with a glossy cover, a perfect-bound spine, and 170 pages of professional-looking reading inside. At $9.99, it costs a little more, but you get a lot more for your dollar. There is also a free download of the entire thing in PDF format.
Issue ten features writing from Tim Gager, John Sheppard, Robert Howington, Julie Wiskirchen, Todd Taylor, Bradley Sands, Josh Hamilton, Larry Falli, Melpomene Whitehead, Vijay Prozak, Hippy Steve Huffman, Sgt. Zeno, and me (Jon Konrath).
Air in the Paragraph Line is only available direct from lulu.com. I also have a page on rumored.com with all of the info:
Textfiles.com has an archive of past issues of AITPL.
The American Nihilist Underground Society advocates nihilism, or a removal of interpretive layers from our perception of physical reality, as a means of transcending illusion. Nihilism denies value and purpose, which are byproducts of the human desire to judge reality and make a consensual "social reality" that by seizing on a single material factor misses the intelligible, or design-based, knowledge we need to adapt to reality. ANUS has been promoting nihilism since 1987.
Nihilism is the belief that nothing we perceive has Absolute value; reality exists, but beyond its inherent meaning to us as the physical container of our existence, it has no significance outside of what we perceive. "The world is my representation," indeed. When we strip away all of the values projected onto physical reality and its outcomes, we are left only with personal ideal and natural ideal, and bringing the former into adaptation with the latter is the lifetime task to which nihilism is a gateway.