Juice is Stranger than Friction


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Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim

edited and introduced by Franklin Rosemont

The great IWW wordslinger, humorist & barge-captain, T-Bone Slim, hobo, IWW songwriter & Industrial Worker humor columnist, died under mysterious circumstances in 1942, this book is the first ever collection of his writings.

A working stuff, a hobo, and an irreconcilable revolutionist…second only to Joe Hill as the IWW’s most popular songwriter, T-Bone Slim incontestably was the Wobblie’s greatest man of letters”. For two decades readers of IWW publications recognized him as the Union’s “most noted columnist.” America’s finest hobo wordsmith and a remarkable aphorist, he also merits a place among the great American humorists. The aim of the present volume is to make available for the first time a representative selection of work by an important author who has suffered undeserved neglect. Every message of pure revolt deserves to be heard, and T-Bone Slim’s is one of the purest. His writing at its best has a remarkable flair, a deep and dazzling humor, a profound awareness of the sensuous alchemy of words. It also happens to be unlike anything else in the world.” [From the Introduction by Franklin Rosemont]

“T-Bone Slim blended proletarian humor, gypsy job skills and the beliefs in the commonwealth of toil. Along with John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Joe Hill and Mother Jones, he lives in legendary company, Rosemont’s Introduction ties biography to Wobbly culture…. recaptures T-Bone’s appeal.”

–Archie Green

“Gracias for the T-Bone Slim book! I loved everything in it.”

–Gary Snyder

“It’s a rare pleasure to read wise comment on important matters, put so simply and directly. T-Bone Slim has a lot to tell us, and does it well.”

–Noam Chomsky


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