• The Asylum Issue
    October 2015 #21
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    • on the cover Palestinian girl reading in occupied East Jerusalem after her house was bulldozed to the ground by Israeli soldiers. Photo by Finnish freelance journalist and photographer Kukka Ranta. Check out our interview with Kukka!

    • the black magic of networked infrastructure last month we interviewed artist and researcher Ingrid Burrington.

    • emojis will get you anywhere ruby brunton reveals her favorite emojis.

    • write for us november marks “the persona issue” – read our call for submissions here.

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    Table Of Contents

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    This Immortality Is out of Your Price Range

    Half of Americans make less per year than we spend online in 4 seconds! Social media could be the Holy Grail of eternal life! Google surrounding the world with Internet balloons! Unpermitted music video filmed in county jail!


    Anna Kavan’s Asylum Piece reveals a intricate layering of her personas.

    Fugitive Hopes

    by Brendan C. Byrne

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    Yena Sharma Purmasir traveled around the world – from New York City to London, Oslo, New Delhi, Auckland, and San Francisco.

    Around the World in 33 Days

    by Yena Sharma Purmasir

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    Before plastic fangs and fake blood, October 31st was a day of rebellion; the history of Halloween spans five hundred years and two continents, featuring pagan rebels in the Medieval British Isles, the European witch hunts, Irish migration to the States, and even widespread arsons in Detroit in the 1980s.

    The Devil’s Night

    by – Anonymous

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    This Week in ACAB by Ash Jegroo

    19 Greek Anarchists Arrested During Occupation of Fascist Party HQ

    This week in ACAB, police assaulted a teen girl during her high school class, bagged 19 anarchists occupying the fascist party headquarters in Greece, and tear gassed counter-protesters in Germany, and other news from the field.

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    Mhysa takes you behind-the-scenes and between-the-screens in their latest track/video, “power cuts,” featuring Chino Amobi.

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    What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee when you add up the little numbers to do the arithmetic that turns home into a desert and suffocates your family slowly with a poisonous gas called “globalization”?

    I've Come Here from so Far

    by Rebecca John

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    What does asylum look like in a place whose laws and infrastructure actively seek to deny Black people the right to assemble, the right to live? It might look like these protests, like the reclamation and transformation of place and an insistence on the right to the city and suburbs alike.

    Political Assemblies, Unlawful Asylums 

    by Jonathan Karp

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    The year is 2015, and in terms of goth clubs, New York City is over. Leigh Barton joins a Blade-themed resurrection of the scene and discovers it’s still possible to awaken the ancient blood gods, even if for one night only.

    Partying with Vampires at Blade Rave

    by Leigh Barton

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    When It Rains, It Pours

    New research into artificial brain cells are helping computers navigate like humans! Even Republicans are afraid Trump might win! 99 percent chance of earthquakes! Twitter sponsors forum on #BlackLivesMatter with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders!

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    When Stela Xhiku and her family left Albania for the US in the 90s, they moved into her uncle Xhorxh’s apartment in New Jersey. Two decades later, Stela is tired of chasing overpriced subpar apartments in Manhattan, and moves back to live with her uncle, who now has a family of his own.

    Back to Uncle Xhorxh’s

    by Stela Xhiku

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    This Week in ACAB by Ash Jegroo

    Riot Police in Italy Evict 300 People from Occupied ex-Telecom Building

    Italian riot cops use water cannons to evict 300 people from an abandoned building, police in Nicaragua attacked protesters with teargas, and other stories from the field.


    Growing up, Victoria Shelton’s grandfather was violent and abusive. But he was also her household’s main provider, making it a difficult decision to leave.

    Leaving a Home of Abuse

    by Victoria Shelton

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    Too Much of a Bad Thing

    Technology is bad for teenagers! Luxury bomb shelters apparently a thing! Brain is a hallucination machine! Navy reconsidering star-gazing! Lab-grown hamburgers seem tasty I guess! California gets too much water! Amazon suing fake reviewers!

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    A hybrid memoir, thick with the feeling of a certain time and place, takes us on an excursion across personal, political, and pop landscapes, opening up new possibilities for disarming a cultural climate hostile to transgender individuals.

    Reading Trans, by Juliet Jacques

    by Vanessa Willoughby

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    This Week in ACAB by Ash Jegroo

    Anti-Police Riot in Phuket, Thailand Set Fire to Multiple Police Cars

    And in Turkey, police beat and teargas protesters after two explosions rocked leftist rally in Ankara on October 10.

    A s y l u m 0 0 1   c o v e r

    DJ Precolumbian drops her latest mix about the migrant's double bind, and shares her thoughts on the mundane tyranny of the international calling card.

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    Aww You Shouldn’t Have by Ripley Soprano

    No Such Thing as Stasis

    There is no such thing as stasis, even when you have vertigo and agoraphobia and spend all your time Googling random shit about pop stars.

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    En Rogue by Alex G. Brown

    Listen to the Kids, Brah

    Yeezy’s latest collection presents a version of the future that is more pure, without excessive need for wealth and the flash that goes along with it.

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    Bad News by Tyler Reinhard

    This Too Shall Come Too Late

    Cheerios recall! Stackable airplane chairs! 11 million dollars of weed! Prisoners beat Harvard students – in debate! Fake internet city for your fake internet soul!

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    This Week in ACAB by Ash Jegroo

    Massachusetts Police Arrest People with Pink Handcuffs to Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness

    Massachusetts police celebrate breast cancer awarness with pink handcuffs, Kurdish militants clash with the police, and other stories from the field.


    Letters by Hanna Hurr

    Hopelessness in a Lovely Place

    This month, we think about Asylum, exploring stories of the different reasons people look for sanctuary and navigate the fact those places aren’t necessarily safe.

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