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Disinformation:

The Interviews

Militantly Magical Book released; "banned" DVD to follow in January

metzger@disinfo.com

"Disinformation: The Interviews" - Weirder than ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’?

Ever heard a plant speak? Know how to build a working time machine? Heard about the house grown from vegetables? Wanna learn how to perform acts of sorcery in 10 minutes or less?

It’s all there in Disinformation: The Interviews, the new book from The Disinformation Company. "Wicked warlock" Richard Metzger presents the best interviews from his controversial hit UK television series Disinformation®, featuring the most radical thinkers on the planet - in the first book that an author claims is a "magick spell".

If you’ve ever wondered how you might build a working time machine - and don’t we all - look no further than Disinformation: The Interviews where noted artist and futurist Paul Laffoley explains how a science fiction device he’s invented measuring 7 square miles and hoisted into geo-synchronous orbit above the earth’s surface can fulfill the definition of time travel as it was presented in HG Wells’ novel, The Time Machine. Laffoley also unveils his blueprints for a vegetable house grown from a single seed.

Elsewhere in the book, weird science enthusiast Duncan Laurie introduces Metzger to his talking plants and discusses the "forbidden science" of radionics. Never heard of radionics? Well, you might say they’re devices that work almost like long distance "wishing machines." Sound too weird to be true? These devices were tested thoroughly by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in the late 1940’s (before they were outlawed entirely) and they *do* work. This might explain why you can’t get your hands on them anymore!

In an extended interview, X-Men scribe, comics genius Grant Morrison tells Metzger of his "alien abduction experience" in Nepal and explains how anyone can perform acts of sorcery within 10 minutes using just pen, paper and their "magic wand". And so can you -- we can’t explain this part of it in a G-rated press release!

LA Weekly’s Doug Harvey explains: "This emphasis on the magical alteration of reality through force of will may seem whimsical at first glance, but points up an essential aspect of the Disinformation® agenda. Where dissection of propaganda and exploration of alternative theories awaken individuals to the web of fictions that surrounds them, the examples of pranksters and deviants empower them to put their own, competing fictions into play. This is William Burroughs-style magic, exploiting whatever current technology works best -- culture jamming, ad busting, or hacking a hole in the prevailing consensus." (Read here.)

Hosted by The Disinformation Company’s co-founder Richard Metzger, the Disinformation® television series caused quite a stir when it aired on the UK’s Channel 4 TV network. The first season was bizarrely scheduled after Ally McBeal and surely messed with the heads of more than a few fans of that show; the second season went even further in challenging the network’s censors, resulting in Channel 4 refusing to air certain segments.

Nonetheless, the series was a hit and was bought by SCI FI Channel in the United States. They didn’t quite realize what they’d paid for, apparently, and never aired the programs. The interviews in this book represent the "intellectual" side of the series; the more "insane" pieces, such as the mayhem of the legendary ‘Uncle Goddamn’ segments, are contained on a companion DVD soon to be released.

Disinformation: The Interviews packs more than 280 color plates in its 176 pages. Startling and mind bending images from ‘outsider artists’ like Laffoley, Joe Coleman and Norbert Kox, not to mention the first ever publication of performance artist Kembra Pfalher’s notorious "Wall of Vagina" (don’t ask, but do check out page 77!)

Other items in Disinformation: The Interviews include: Robert Anton Wilson on The Illuminati - Scientist Howard Bloom (The Lucifer Principle) on the coming biological apocalypse - Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) describing what it's like to be the leader of your own cult - Joe Coleman on serial killers - Douglas Rushkoff explaining media viruses - Kembra Pfahler on why she sewed her vagina shut - Philosopher Peter Russell on ecological doomsday - and more!

A companion 2-DVD set featuring the complete Disinformation® TV series, plus highlights of the infamous Disinfo.Con event featuring speeches from Robert Anton Wilson, Douglas Rushkoff, Joe Coleman, Kenneth Anger, Marilyn Manson and others will be released soon.

For a review copy or to interview author Richard Metzger: tel. 212 529 2330; fax (212) 473 3717; or email books@disinfo.com.

For more information on the book, please see:

http://www.disinfo.com/pages/article/id2877/pg1

Or purchase directly from:

http://www.cafeshops.com/cp/store.aspx?s=disinfo

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