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U.S. Presidents Neutered in Washington D.C. Mural

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From Deborah: Sam Husseini reports on his blog about the de-facement (actually de-ballment) of a mural in Washington D.C..

A new political mural has gone up in Washington, D.C.

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Well, sort of new.

The mural has been there for a few years, but it’s been transformed just recently. Some might say, made more whole, reborn.

It’s a mural on the side of a restaurant formerly known as the Calvert Cafe. It features U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to Obama with Mama Ayesha, who founded the restaurant that is now named for her: Mama Ayesha’s, just near the Duke Ellington Bridge in Adams Morgan. It was originally labored over by Karlisima Rodas.

The recent transformation involves someone having apparently paintballed all the presidents, shooting them in the balls with red paint. Or trying to. Who ever did this seems to have been richer in inspiration than in sniper skills, which may on balance be a good thing. It’s a bit messy, but the intent is fairly clear: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton I, Bush II and Obama — all shot in the balls. Scrawled on the side is “The War Thugs.”

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Below is a list of books and films about topics covered on The Art of the Prank. If you click on the name of the item you will be able to purchase it from Amazon.com or other booksellers such as RE/Search Publications.


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The Activist Cookbook, by Andrew Boyd, United for a Fair Economy, 1997

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The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum, by James W. Cook, Harvard University Press, 2001

At the Edge of Art, by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito

At the Edge of Art, by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito, Thames & Hudson, 2006

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Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work, by Ted Brader, University of Chicago Press, 2006

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The Chalice and the Blade, by Riane Eisler, Peter Smith Publisher, 1994

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Comments on The Society of The Spectacle by Guy Debord, Verso, New Ed edition, 1998

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Consciousness Explained, by Daniel C. Dennett, Penguin Books Ltd, 1993

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The Demon Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, Ballantine Books, 1997

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The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson, Spectra, 2000

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Don’t Believe It!: How Lies Become News, by Alexandra Kitty, The Disinformation Company, 2005

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Essays on the Blurring of Life and Art, by Allan Kaprow, University of California Press, 2003

Other Books by Allan Kaprow

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Fakes, Frauds & Other Malarkey, by Kathryn Lindskoog and Patrick Wynne, Zondervan Publishing House, 1992

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The Fame Formula, by Mark Borkowski, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 2008

Fiona: Mysteries & Curiosities Of Literary Fraud & Folly, by W. J. Elvin III, CreateSpace, 2008

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Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov, Doubleday, 1982

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Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet, by Graham Meikle, Routledge, 2002

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Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up by Joshua M. Epstein and Robert L. Axtell, The MIT Press, 1996

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Happy Mutant Handbook: Mischievous Fun for Higher Primates, by Carla Sinclair, Gareth Branwyn, Mark Frauenfelder, Riverhead Trade, 1995

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Herzog on Herzog by Werner Herzog, Paul Cronin (editor), Faber & Faber, 2003

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Hoaxes, by Curtis MacDougall, Dover Publications; 2nd Edition, 1958

How To Draw a Bunny (2002)

How To Draw a Bunny (2002), DVD, by John W. Walter, Palm Pictures, 2004

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Jamming the Media, by Gareth Branwyn, Chronicle Books, 1997

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The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers, Wildside Press, 2005

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Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits, by Jason Salzman, Perseus Books Group, 2003

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Media Hoaxes, by Fred Fedler, 1989

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Media Virus!, by Douglas Rushkoff, Ballantine Books, 1996

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Media Wizards: A Behind the Scenes Look at Media Manipulations, by Catherine Gourley, 21st Century, 1999

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Metamagical Themas, by Douglas R. Hofstadter, Basic Books, 1996

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The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing, by Todd Robbins, Bloomsbury, 2008

Modern Primitives, RE/Search Publications

Modern Primitives, by V. Vale, RE/Search Publications, 1989

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The Moral Animal, by Robert Wright, Abacus, 2004

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Mount Analogue, by Rene Daumal, Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 2005

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The Museum of Hoaxes, by Alex Boese, Orion, 2004

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No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs, by Naomi Klein, Picador, 2002

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OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture, by Christine Harold, University of Minnesota Press, 2007

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Pranks!, RE/Search Publications, 1987

Pranks! 2, RE/Search Publications

Pranks! 2, RE/Search Publications, 2006

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Publicity Stunt, by Candice Jacobson Fuhrman, Chronicle Books. 1989

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Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, by Jeff Sparrow and Jill Sparrow, Vulgar Press, 2004

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The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2006

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The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord (Author), Ken Knabb (Translator), AKPress; New edition, 2006

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Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, Goldmann, 2002

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Spite, Malice and Revenge: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Even (3 Diabolical Volumes in 1), by M. Nelson Chunder and George Hayduke, Random House Value Publishing, 1988

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Spook Country, by William Gibson, Putnam Adult (August 7, 2007), Putnam Adult, 2007

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Stories of hoaxes in the name of science, by Irving Adler, Collier Books, 1962

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The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution, by John Brockman, Touchstone, 1996

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art, by Carlo McCormick (Author), Marc Schiller (Author), Sara Schiller (Author), Ethel Seno (Editor), 2010

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The Wolf Files: Adventures in Weird News, by Buck Wolf, Globe Pequot, 2003

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The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead, by Scott Kenemore, Skyhorse Publishing, 2007

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