San Francisco: Upshot, [ca. 1978]. Single 8.5x14 sheet, photocopied on one side on yellow paper, minor handling wear.
Montage of genuine and fake news items, illustrated with small cartoon of pigs ganging up on a farmer and illustration of an alarm clock. "A totally unnatural world, of tedium and deprivation, where love and play do not survive, is crumbling." Published by John Zerzan's group based in San Francisco. Oregon native Zerzan attended Stanford and SF State but dropped out of USC before completing his dissertation in history. He worked for a welfare agency and with union movements in San Francisco before entering the local anarchist and situationist milieu. In the 1980s he went on to become a prominent theorist of the anti-civilization movement, arguing that the hunter-gatherer stage of prehistory was mankind's only successful adaptation the the environment. His work attracted more notice after he announced his support for the doctrine of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, though he opposed Kaczynski's method of mail bombings. He was also widely interviewed as a de-facto spokesman for the anarchist "black block" demonstrators at the WTO in Seattle, 1999.