Archive for March, 2009

Musea Art Contest 3/30/09

March 31, 2009

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of: 

The Elvis stamp was the top selling commemorative stamp of all time. One scamp began to put the stamp on letters and purposely mail them to addresses that did not exist. What was he up to? Why did he do that? And why did hundreds follow his lead?

IS By sending it out to a bogus address, the sender got it returned with the post office stamp that says “Return to Sender – Address Unknown” just like in the lyrics of Elvis’s hit song, “Return to Sender”.

I had no eligible winners this week. It seems you all had left the building on this one.

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

Who was the first person to write in the first person? (Or first author to do so). Also this writer is the first writer in history to sign their name to their work. Name the writer (and for extra credit the work)

Good luck! Readers.

IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)

Musea Extra – The PEN Petition

March 25, 2009

Karl Wenclas, the main person behind the organization of the Underground Literary Alliance, has started a PEN Protest at http://www.penpetition.blogspot.com/

This from the petition page:

PEN was created as an organization to protect and defend dissenting, outcast, and marginalized writers. PEN American Center makes this its mission– except in America itself! In these economic hard times, impoverished writers shut out by the monied academies and conglomerates are in worse shape than since the 1930s. Democratizing PEN’s board will aid the hope that as a designated charity, PEN’s concerns and financial largesse not go to already successful authors like Philip Roth, but to talented writers facing real hardship. 

I have signed it and I encourage all readers to sign it too.

It reads: WE the undersigned petition PEN American Center in New York to democratize their organization by appointing, as Trustees, not solely writers who are entwined with book companies owned by media monopolies. This includes writers who’ve dissented against the established U.S. literary mainstream. We ask all writers, from all backgrounds, to sign this Petition, including current PEN members and Trustees, in the interest of realizing the PEN mission, voiced by PEN’s Larry Siems, of “bridging intellectual chasms and cultural divides.” ******************************************

For more info on PEN (which originally stood for Poets Essayists and Novelists) see the wikipedia page “International PEN

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea) http://www.Musea.us (named as one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine) http://www.Hunkasaurus.com ( Music -4 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music) http://www.Musea.wordpress.com (Blog for Musea) http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos)

Musea Art Contest 3/24/09

March 24, 2009

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

This experimental writer/poet is known for his book where each of the 5 chapters is restricted to using one of the 5 vowels! AEIOU. He also plans to encode his verse into the DNA of a bacteria to see how the creature reacts to his poetry! Name him (and his one chapter to a vowel, book).

IS Christian Bok and the vowel book is titled “Eunoia” (a word that means well mind or beautiful thinking. It also has the distinction of being the shortest word with all five main vowels.

I had no eligible winners this week. It seems you all couldn’t ‘reason OR rhyme” on this one.

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

The Elvis stamp was the top selling commemorative stamp of all time. One scamp began to put the stamp on letters and purposely mail them to addresses that did not exist. What was he up to? Why did he do that? And why did hundreds follow his lead? Good luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com S

OMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)

Dallas Versus Austin

March 23, 2009

Musea E-mail Club #466 SXSW What Wasn’t There

March 23, 2009

“Dallas Says, “WHEN MUSIC GOES SOUTH YOU END UP IN AUSTIN”

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST OR TRENDINESS BY TRENDIEST

The South By Southwest Music (and film) festival is over for 2009. Wisely scheduled during spring breaks, it has grown. Unfortunately it has Disneyfied too – that is, become more safe, more clone like, more bland, and less exciting.

Though I was not there – I can only judge from the podcasts, and net coverage – I found a lot that wasn’t ‘playing’. I invite those who were there to give their input on my comments.

1. There wasn’t a hit song. Know why we don’t have one hit wonders anymore? We don’t have one hit. Seems when everyone writes their own music, everyone records mediocre music. Sadly the music needs a hit, and desperately needs good professional talented songwriters.

2. There was not an ounce of rebellion. This may be the least rebellious generation yet. I see no reason to play music that is your father’s oldsmobile, yet this generation seems bent on fitting in instead of standing out in any way.

3. There was not a whiff of talk about how rock is so bad it has become everything it started out opposing. There is an overall Disneyfication of music that turns real music into Ameridan Idol corporate music contests.

4. There was not a bit of originality. No one brought anti rockor anything that was truely new or original to the festival. Everyone caved into the established order of bland bands.

5. There was no fair media coverage. The media refused to cover any opposition to the festival, or to the clone music or to the growing movement against rock or anything else. Music media has turned into an infomercial for blandness. We need fair media.

6. There wasn’t that much fun or excitement that comes from new music – the reason for the festival in the first place.

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 16 year old zine Musea) http://www.Musea.us (named as one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine) http://www.Hunkasaurus.com ( Music -4 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music) http://www.Musea.wordpress.com (Blog for Musea) http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos)


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