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Juice is Stranger than Friction
Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim

Juice is Stranger than Friction by Franklin Rosemont (1992) - 160 pages
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"Wherever you find injustice, the proper form of politeness is attack."
T-Bone Slim

Mysteries of a Hobo's Life

A workingstiff, a hobo, and an irreconcilable revolutionist - that is to say, utterly lacking in qualifications for literary respectability - T-Bone Slim won for himself a total exclusion from academic histories and textbooks of American literature, a distinction legions of lesser writers, before and since, have found it nearly impossible to obtain.

Yet he was by no means an "unknown." Indeed, he contributed some of the brightest pages to the American labor movement's all-time best-seller: the "Little Red Song Book" of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Second only to Joe Hill as the IWW's most popular songwriter, T-Bone Slim incontestably was the Wobblies' greatest "man of letters." For two decades readers of IWW publications recognized him as the Union's "most noted columnist." America's finest hobo wordsmith and a remarkable aphorist, he also merits a place among the great American humorist.

The aim of the present volume is to make available for the first time a representative selection of work by an important author who has suffered undeserved neglect. Every message of pure revolt deserves to be heard, and T-Bone Slim's is one of the purest. His writing at its best has a remarkable flair, a deep and dazzling humor, a profound awareness of the sensuous alchemy of words. It also happens to be unlike anything else in the world.

T-Bone Slim was one of the very few American authors of the 1920s and '30s who realized that the abolition of wage-slavery requires the abolition of mental slavery - that the unfettering of the imagination is the revolutionary writer's first and essential task. A vigorous protest against the bourgeois devaluation of language as a medium of exchange, T-Bone's writing reflects an authentically surrealist ambition to expand the limits of human expression - to exceed the accepted boundaries of discourse by putting language in a state of exhilarating effervescence.

Franklin Rosemont's nearly thirty books include T-Bone Slim: Juice is Stranger Than Friction, and From Bughouse Square to the Beat Generations: Selected Ravings of Slim Brundage, both published by Charles H. Kerr, and Penelope: A Poem (Surrealist Editions).

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Juice is Stranger than Friction
Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Juice is Stranger than Friction
for showing us another remarkable man who fought against
the capitalist bosses for the rights of the working man.