Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The best friend I didn't meet

WFMU radio provides vertigo inducing free form radio. If you're a sound junkie, WFMU is the purest shit there is.

I turned on Irene Trudel's show this past Monday to hear John Goodman, Ed Haber and Kenny Kosek memorializing some dude named

'Citizen Kafka'.

I vaguely remembered hearing that name on WBAI radio but had never heard the show - Citizen Kafka having left years ago. I had always assumed it was a political show about loss of individual rights.

I was wrong. So very wrong. Citizen Kafka aka Richard Shulberg of Bronx and Brooklyn New York was a zany, brilliant genius who I would have adored following. As I listened to Irene Trudell's radion show, falling out of my chair laughing, I recognized a kindred spirit.

On March 21st, 2 days after Citizens's 'change in vibrations/transmigration' as his friends put it,
NPR's All Things Considered recapped Citizen Kafka's life.
If you enjoy these audio and video clips of Cit's work and are curious about who he was, I recommend a listen. It is cheesy, like most of NPR's All Things Considered, but it gives more info on the man.

Sleuthing around the internet for more traces of Citizen Kafka,
I came across this gorgeous hand stamp signed "Citizen Kafka"
I'm pretty sure it's the same person.

More views into the inside of Citizen Kafka's head can be found
at his Secret Museum of the Air

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