Tuli Kupferberg Quotes – The Fugs

Tuli was a founder member of the Fugs and a truly interesting man, poet, singer, songwriter, performer, writer and personality. He was a pacifist and a libertarian. He used a lot of humour!

“There was once a big atomic bomb
That wanted to be a bullet.
His friends all asked why, when he was such a big atomic bomb, he would want to be a tiny bullet.
“I miss”, he sighed, “the personal touch.”
I love this one. Once you had a sword and you had to get close, risk life and limb and apply strength, cunning and skill to kill your foe. It made it all immediate and terrible. You knew exactly what was involved in death – the fear, terror and agony. Now you just press a button and can wipe out millions of faceless people. It’s too easy.
“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
We need to break a few patterns today. Better things need to emerge.
Nobody who lived through the ’50s thought the ’60s could’ve existed. So there’s always hope.
There is always hope. Out of dreadful things beautiful things can emerge. I am an optimist dreamer.
These were some of Tuli’s 1001 ways to beat the Draft put out by Sparrow.

724. Bring a gun and a target and at an appropriate moment (say the eye exam) lean the target against the wall and start shooting at it, screaming: “Kill the Commies! Kill the fucken Commies!”

427. Tell them God is on your side; if they say God is on their side, answer OK, it’s a draw, let’s go home.

845. Secede from the U.S. Set up your own country and demand to be treated as a prisoner of war under the Geneva agreements.

I’m not totally convinced that they would work in the way intended.

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