TALKING VERBS NOT NOUNS WITH PUNK PUBLISHER V. VALE
By Beatie Wolfe
It’s so rare to meet an artist who still embodies everything they stood for when they first began their mission. But that’s V. Vale: a writer, publisher, researcher, documenter, musician, and constant curator and
contributor to the counterculture continuum. Described as the last 70s punk publisher, Vale is in perpetual motion, “a verb” in full evolutionary process, living in his same San Francisco flat that he and his partner Marian have lived in for over 40 years. In Vale you find a true original and one with a tremendous heart.
A sheep screamed. Naoko hadn’t realized a sheep could scream like that, a surprisingly human sound, and it raised the hair on her neck. Reflexively she and Ten stood up, and in the darkness saw a struggling animal being lifted violently over the slatted fence on the other side of the pen – lifted by something long-limbed and ten or twelve feet tall. “What is it?” Ten gasped as they vaulted over the fence.
Music’s been center stage of every narrative, love and healing moment of my Life. And the world today, has a deaf absence I feel, of men, whose interior visions and convictions never play past historical tropes or ideals of ‘the man’ & this has harmed futures more than it’s ever protected.
With over a year of planning, three adventurous photographers — Nate Luebbe, Autumn Schrock and Austin Smith of the Denver-based production company Lost Horizon Creative — embarked on a wild journey to become the first film crew ever to capture cinema-quality footage of the Northern Lights from the edge of space.
While my brain may reap the benefits of millions of years of evolution, all too often it’s wasted on the random, weird thoughts that I have throughout the day. (Though I suppose it could be worse. I could waste it on sports, for example.) Lacking anything better to do with my overactive brain, I have learned to lean into this random contemplation. That way, I can give my mind something constructive to focus on, which helps mitigate dwelling on the meaninglessness that’s ultimately behind the nature of existence. I like to document these musings, because there are a lot of hours in the day and this is how I fill them …
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Ali Hoff, Passenger | Issue 087, March 2021 // Jonathan Dodd, Poke| Issue 086, February 2021 // Godric, photo by Dalvin Nichols | Issue 087, March 2021 // Jonny DeStefano, Land Sea Sky | Issue 063, March 2019 // Jash Tracey, Shark in the City | Issue 077, May 2020 // Mark Mothersbaugh, Last Day at Abby Road Studio | Issue 053, May 2018 // Ray Young Chu, Karate Kat | Issue 007, July 2014 // Janell Langford, CJ’s Dream | Issue 073, January 2020 // Amy Guidry, Expatriate | Issue 084, December 2020