January 2006 to December 2006

The first Updates 1 from March 1997 to October 2001 are archived here.
Updates 2 from January 2002 to December 2004 are archived here.
Updates 3 from January 2005 to October 2005 are archived here.

Additions - Changes - Latest Information
For the latest entry (December 4), click here.

4 January 2006

  • Liesbeth Koenen's brief review of Maledicta in the Dutch magazine Quest (Oct. 2005, p. 116) is now archived here: http://www.peptalks.nl/index.jsp?linkart=526. Then click on "U volgde een link naar dit artikel."

  • FUCK ("The Movie That Dare Not Speak Its Name") had its world première on Nov. 7, 2005, at the American Film Institute festival in Los Angeles. Among other goodies, this 93-minute documentary features interviews with all sorts of (in)famous people, including Uncle Maledictus. For a listing of the interviews click on "Interviews." See and hear excerpts and more from this film on the "Trailer" page. This film will first be released in November 2006 in movie theaters, then on cable TV (Showtime), and afterwards on DVD.
  • The counter on the Index page does not reflect the popularity of this Website, because it shows only the hits ("visits") for that single page. The number of hits for that page increased by about 1,000 during December 2005, but the entire Website received 97,746 hits for that month alone. So many visitors, so few book buyers. $#!T. So, how about buying our latest, Maledicta 13 ?

19 January 2006
  • The U.S. Postal Service raised its rates on January 8, 2006.

  • A beautiful book of Dutch graffiti, Sex drugs appeltaart & 400 andere teksten op Tilburgse muren, appeared in December 2005. My Foreword in that book is archived here.

  • Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor (eds.), The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. London: Routledge, 2005. Hardcover, two volumes; 2,189 pp. Currently £99.00, rising to £120.00 in March 2006.

  • Jonathon Green, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Second Edition. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. Hardcover; 1,565 pp., £30.00.

23 February 2006
  • I have started the Bibliography for Maledicta 14 here.

  • Meanwhile, the FUCK film has also been shown in Vancouver, B.C., and at the 8th Annual Indie Festival in San Francisco on Feb. 5 and 10. I attended the Feb. 5 screening (full house, some 400 guests) and together with the producer, Steve Anderson, entertained the viewers afterwards during a 30-minute Question-&-Answer period.

  • On 18 July 2005, I mailed Maledicta 13 to one of my long-time subscribers in New York City. The book was returned yesterday, 22 February 2006, stamped "Attempted Not Known." Godnose where that package has been for the past seven months....

9 April 2006
  • The FUCK film was shown again at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival in Sonoma, California, on April 8 and 9. It is scheduled for release in the fall.

  • Having turned 70 yesterday, I've decided to grow a beard again. Even though I am now 70, I still feel like ... 69.

    Birthday photo by Susan / April 8, 2006

5 June 2006
  • Infantile Censorship: Two editors at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently demanded that their colleague, Lori Price, delete all references to me in her article about offensive language. The reason for their absurd censorship: because I'm an ex-convict! Read Ms. Price's Aman-frei news story and my e-mails to and from the two censoring cheesehead editors Jill Williams and George Stanley here.

  • Book-Peddling Vultures: It's time again to expose some of the greediest book peddlers. These shameless vultures are trying to rip off unsuspecting or naïve buyers by charging outrageous prices for used Maledicta Press books. Read about those greedy vultures here.

16 June 2006
  • Payments can now also be made via PayPal. My e-mail address for PayPal is aman@maledicta.ORG. On payments made via PayPal, please add 2% of Subtotal 2 to cover part of the fees deducted from your payment by PayPal.

14 July 2006
  • I've added much information about MJS's absurd censorship. See Update halfway down the long page.

  • What did he say? American newspapers have, as usual, been pussyfooting around what the Italian soccer player Marco Materazzi said to France's Zinédine Zidane to incite the latter to head-butt the Italian's chest. The London Times reported on July 11, 2006, that they had asked an expert lip reader, Jessica Rees, to determine the precise nature of the dialog that caused Zidane's reaction. With the help of an Italian translator, Rees claimed that Materazzi repeatedly called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore" and added "so just fuck off" for good measure. In addition, Materazzi taunted Zidane by saying Zidane "made love to his sister" -- a standard Italian insult (Va in mona/figa di tu sorella!), literally, "Go in [= fuck] your sister's cunt!"

12 August 2006
  • I've updated and added more information about used-book-peddling vultures here.

  • Wind & Water, a book of poems by my friend Osmond Beckwith, is now available. This handsome 48-page letter-press-printed paperback, with an original engraving by Michael McCurdy, is Osmond Beckwith's last and best book of poems. See details here.

22 August 2006
  • I've put the complete article "Ethopathy: A Word Whose Time Has Come" by Joseph Salemi (from Maledicta 13) on my Web site, here.

8 September 2006
  • Mail from a Moron: Steve Ball, a self-declared price-gouging book peddler, saw my "shit list" of such greedy vultures and bragged that he screwed an unsuspecting customer by selling him our $7.50 Classic American Graffiti for $50. He asked to be added to the list of vultures, and I obliged. See his e-mail to me and my reply here.

12 September 2006
  • Toying with a sassy-mouthed moronette from the "Bookfinder Insiders" mailing list, here.

9 October 2006
  • F U C K: The Film That Dare Not Speak Its Name. The long-awaited FUCK film -- in which your humble editor appears as one of the (in)famous folks interviewed -- is going to be released in movie theaters beginning Nov. 10, 2006. See here for dates & places and some reviews).

Illustration Copyright © 2006 by Bill Plympton

22 October 2006

    Today, a gentleman sent me an e-mail commenting that this Website would be more valuable if I separated the Maledicta stuff (business & research) from my personal rants (i.e., verbal aggression in action) against all sorts of scum -- nasty lawyers, greedy bookdealers, and assorted sumbitches and morons who have made my life miserable -- and if I created a second site just for the latter.

    He is right, but I probably won't do it, as both are interconnected, and as the "business" aspect (i.e., trying to sell a few books) has turned out to be a joke (or rather, a disaster), because very few visitors to this site (several million hits since 1997; the counter on the Index page registers only viewers of that single page) have ever bought a book or the Monitor. Thus I think I'll keep on as I have been, because I run this expensive site mostly for fun. I don't have the time or interest to start a blog for the personal stuff, as much interactive fun as it might be.

    I'm also considering shutting down this site completely, sooner or later, because if nobody buys our low-priced, high-quality books, why bother with entertaining the freeloaders? Right?

    Unfortunately, I've lost that perceptive reader's e-mail while trashing all the spam and other crap that had piled up overnight in my Inbox. If he wants to remail his intelligent comments, I'd appreciate it.

3 November 2006
  • "Mr. Ron Czerwien is not a biblioklept!" The amusing battle with used-book peddlers continues. Here's an Update about his allegation of libel and my response to that silly accusation.

4 December 2006
  • Four new publications feature or mention Maledicta. See News (top four entries) about Eva Engels, Vito Tartamella and Ella Carina Werner, whose works are in Italian and German. See also Bibliography for Maledicta 14.

  • Go to the next Updates (5), beginning with January 1, 2007.