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(Collector's Edition)

• 2 LP records (4 sides)
• 1 fold-out (2 pages, 19")
• 1 tryptich (folded, 20" x 30")
• 2 "souvenirs" (Kitsch)
• 8-page Gay Atomic Coloring Book
• 5 drawings for Rumpelstiltsken
• 5 critical dissections (22 pages)
• 1 short story of "statistical erotica"
• 1 diary (130 pages)
• 1 pattern (British Knickers)
Physical Dimensions
• Width: 10 in.
• Length: 10 in.
• Height: 1-1/4 in.
• Interior: 125 cu. in.
• Media Formats: 9
• Total Items: 17
• Price: $4 USA
  £1-14s Gt. Britain




ASPEN's irreverent British Box is $4. But you can receive it FREE by mailing the coupon below.

Here in 125 cubic inches of LP records, posters, tryptychs, diaries and fold-outs are some of the most talented (and talked about) tradition-topplers in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland today. Painters, sculptors, composers, film-makers, musicians, satirists, poets (as well as experimentors so far afield, the art world can't even agree on what to call them yet). Here's what they've contributed to the "box":

· LP record #1: Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono sing of private matters not likely to turn up in your friendly neighborhood record store.
· LP record #2: John Tavener's THREE SONGS FOR SURREALISTS; and dis-Establishment poet Christopher Logue reading his NEW NUMBERS.
· A 600-square-inch typographical tryptych (unfold it yourself) by John Furnival entitled EUROPA AND HER BULL illustrates a Rabelaisian view of Anglo-American relations in a new art form,
· A "concrete" poem by Ian Hamilton Finley in the form of a two-page fold-out.
· John Lennon's LONDON DIARY. (Blue-nosed reviewers will have trouble with this one.)
· Two overripe Kitsch art "souvenirs" by Peter Blake.
· Eduardo Paolozzi's satiric 8-page GAY ATOMIC COLORING BOOK. Color it very Black.
· New drawings for Rumplestilskin by David Hockney. Exceedingly grim Grimm.

Also: Discover UFO (Unlimited Freak Out) · Magic's return to industrialized society · The Gestalt of the mini-skirt · Communications a la W. C. Fields. · The myth of "swinging London" (as dreamt up by Time-Life) · The sexual behavior of spectators at automobile accidents (didn't know about that, did you?)...and much more.



ASPEN gives you actual works of art! Exactly as the artist created them. In exactly the media he created them for. When a new issue arrives you don't just read it — you hear it, hang it, feel it, fly it, sniff it, taste it, fold it, wear it, shake it, even project it on your living room wall.

ASPEN reports on experiments in avant-garde cinema by literally sending the experiments to you on 8mm film! It covers a brilliant sculptor's new work by sending materials and instructions to create an actual replica of the sculpture itself! It introduces the eerie aleatory music of Gordon Mumma by actually sending you an LP recording of his latest work for French Horn and Cybersonic Console! It illustrates the delicate beauty of Oriental art by actually enclosing a breath-taking Sung Dynasty (11th Century) rolled landscape scroll you can hang on your own wall!

(included in your subscription)

FAR EAST ISSUE — (Postponed till now because of difficulties in assembling, rolling and shipping the many delicate Chinese scrolls from abroad). Contents include: FIVE ROLLED SCROLLS (1) Kuo Hsi Landscape, Sung dynasty, 11th century, (2) calligraphy scroll from Palace Museum on Taiwan, (3) Ch'an masterpiece by Yu-Chien, (4) yard-long frieze of Indian temple sculpture, (5) Tibetan thanka. PLUS miniature screens from the Shoko Zen Temple in Kyoto Raiput miniatures from India · Zen parable cards · Fan-fold books · Even a dragon kite you can assemble and fly yourself (local ordinances permitting) · And much more · All scrolls and "articles" are scented with incense. Truly an issue to hang all over the house!

BUCKMINSTER FULLER ISSUE — Each "article" opens into a geodesic dome or other three- (or "four-") dimensional construct, several feet in size.


DREAMWEAPON ASPEN — Our ultimate avant-garde extravaganza, including: "Ikons of a 20th Century nature-priestess"... Calligraphy for "Soul of the World"... Fluorescent paintings by the one-time zeitgeist of the San Francisco Oracle... Universal Mutant photographs... Psychedelic slides projected on nudes (as postage stamps!)... A Mandala music score... Poetry poster by high priest of rhapsodic cynicism... Glyphic charts... LP records and much, much more.



But make haste. The "box" comprises many parts, created and produced separately, in different media, by different processes; then combined, collated, and individually assembled and shipped. We cannot simply run off a million or so copies at the drop of a hat like Reader's Digest or Life Magazine. Which means the supply is extremely limited. Please act promptly to claim your $4.00 British Box FREE with a trial subscription to ASPEN.


Mail to: Aspen Magazine, PO Box 205, New York, N.Y. 10014


Yes, ship ASPEN's British Box FREE with my Introductory Subscription. ASPEN (published quarterly) costs $16.00 a year at the single-copy price, but my Introductory Rate is only $12.95 for a full year plus free British Box. (A total saving of $7.05 off the single copy price.) If not completely delighted I may return British Box Issue within 30 days to cancel my subscription without obligation. My money will be promptly refunded in full.

I enclose $12.95 for 1 year's subscription plus free British Box (a saving of $7.05). ASPEN pays all postage, shipping, handling and insurance.
Save me $12.10. Send two years of ASPEN (plus free British Box) for which I enclose only $23.90.





from Evergreen Review no. 76, March 1970



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