The Spinner

My name is Benjamin Scott Passmore.

I grew up with my mom in a picturesque New England town among pine covered hills, farms, ye old shoppes, and the brick husks of closed textile mills.  In this environment I managed to develop an active imagination and found new and exciting ways to get drunk and/or stoned, fight, and break things.

By 16 I was a felon. My mom sent me of to a remote reform school on a hill. They managed to wail on me hard enough to drop the booze, but not so hard as to make me quit on life. In fact, even though the school was hierarchical and oppressive in many was, the students were forced to band together and create empowering autonomous groups among ourselves. I even started a short lived anti-authoritarian movement with a bunch of other students.

After reform school I wanted to continue working on making a cohesive society out of our nation. It was the Bush years and a few years after 9/11, everyone seemed to want to take action. I wasn’t much a organizer, or scholar, or politician, or medically minded, but I could draw a little.  I went to Savannah College of Art and Design for a BFA in Sequential Art, in Savannah, Georgia. Growing up I had always thought the south was ignorant and violent, so I decide to move there and see for myself. While I was in school I assisted in the creation of two anarcho-collectivist culture magazines and a bike co-op and I drew and editorial comic for the Savannah District for 3yrs. I took time to read up on american history and political theory, mostly to try and undo the glut of trash I had ingested mentally over the years.

I traveled around the US and Canada off and on for 5 years, mostly on bicycle. I wanted to see the country for myself. The road brought me to strange desert towns, nudists, religionists, wild animals, paradises, and waste lands of all sorts. I visited all the places I had read about were americans tried in various was to create a free society and where people were still trying.

While on the road I started The Gospel of Tug Benson, which combines an important time for our society and some of my experiences in the south traveling. The book is done in the same tradition as The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which uses fiction to shed light on real events or issues.

I live in New Orleans now, with my girlfriend and our Leninist cats.

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