A Polite Call


Fifth Estate # 287, October 28, 1977

Note for web version: regular, bold and italic types are reproduced as in original. It is appropriate to note at any time that humanity has lived over 99% of its existence in primitive society. Without even the benefit of laws, …

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Street Magic


Fifth Estate # 284, July, 1977

a review of Street Magic. Edward Claflin in collaboration with Jeff Sheridan, Doubleday/Dolphin Books, 1977

The World Surrealist Exhibition


Fifth Estate # 273, June 1976

Reality, grown so thick with itself, became a fungus years ago with inbred spores and long reaching strands that have become the vampiric architecture of experience on every street in town. Thriving on dampened spirits in the totally human swamp, …

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Revenge of the Clowns


Fifth Estate # 271, April, 1976

It’s not easy being a fool. All the fools on television and in Hollywood make competition stiff but it has been worse. From the sixth to the tenth century, for nearly four hundred years, the Catholic church and the European …

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Pig Guts for Gutless Pigs


Fifth Estate # 270, March, 1976

Except for the contemptuous throwing of animal entrails, blood, and a decomposed lamb’s head all over Wayne State University President George Gullen’s office, February 19 was a typical day at the school.

Protect our Insane Heritage


Fifth Estate # 269, February, 1976

“Madness cometh sometime of the passions of the soul.” — Bartholomew of England

FE Anniversary Bash


Fifth Estate # 268, January, 1976

While not nearly as exciting as a riot, and perhaps lacking the dignity of a well-executed bank robbery, the Fifth Estate’s 10th anniversary party was still a hell-raising triumph of communal insanity.