We can feel it – there’s something about 2014 that creates an odd buzz of positive change, everyone is getting pissed off, angry and more and more alternative media is telling us what the state owned media are paid not to. We are waking up, I can see it, you can see it – and even Russell Brand can see it. The thing is we all feel that a change is gonna come, to quote the beautiful Sam Cooke (or darling Mia Zapata if you’d rather), but we don’t know what the fuck to do with it, and all logic says that it must get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. So here is the Grrrl To Do list for The Revolution -
1. Write poetry, write like nobody will ever read it, find an honesty you never knew you had, then sing it – in the shower, at bus stops, under your breath…
2. Switch off the TV and internet for a day, a week, a month – record the spiritual effect it has on you. 3. Go to protests and shout as loud as you can, shout for Patti, Courtney, Sylvia and Patsy as if your life depended on it. Shout that you’re mad as hell, and you’re not going to take it any more.
4. Read the books that inspired your heroes – read Sartre, Camus, Plath, Wilde, Pamela Des Barres, Patti Smith and De Acosta. 5. Take pictures of your city. Find what you love about what you see every day. 6. Go out for a day without make up, realise that it doesn’t make a difference. 7. Make a playlist of your favourite protest songs 8. Say hello to a stranger, ask about their day - Speak with someone homeless. 9. Keep a diary
The next attempt of the French Revolution will be no longer, as before, to transfer the bureaucratic-military machine from one hand to the other–in other words, to replace one repressive, bureaucratic state with another–but to smash it, and this is essential for every real people’s revolution on the Continent. And this is what our heroic Party comrades in Paris are attempting.
“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.”