Mother American Night: John Perry Barlow's posthumous memoir

John Perry Barlow lived many lives: small-time Wyoming Republican operative (and regional campaign director for Dick Cheney!), junior lyricist for the Grateful Dead, father-figure to John Kennedy Jr, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, inspirational culture hero for the likes of Aaron Swartz and Ed Snowden (and, not incidentally, me), semi-successful biofuels entrepreneur... He died this year, shortly after completing his memoir Mother American Night, and many commenters have noted that Barlow comes across as a kind of counterculture cyberculture Zelig, present at so many pivotal moments in our culture, and that's true, but that's not what I got from my read of the book -- instead, I came to know someone I counted as a friend much better, and realized that every flaw and very virtue he exhibited in his interpersonal dealings stemmed from the flaws and virtues of his relationship with himself.

The Internet Archive's John Perry Barlow collection

It's been less than a week since the death of EFF co-founder, cowboy poet, Grateful Dead lyricist and Mayor of the Internet John Perry Barlow died, and he's already sorely missed. But Barlow was an open access advocate before that was a thing, and the archive of his work at the Internet Archive is full…

John Perry Barlow vs The Man

In September, friend and EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow was arrested at the San Francisco Airport and charged with the misdemeanor possession of controlled substances that had allegedly been discovered during a search of his checked baggage. He was requested to get off the plane (which was about to take off) by an attendant, who…

RNC-NYC: report from John Perry Barlow's dance protests

Follow-up on this previous BoingBoing post from Cory: Link. As he steps out the door to "lead another sortie of dancing fools out into the streets of Manhattan," John Perry Barlow reports on the dance protests he's been organizing this week in NYC: After four missions, Dancing in the Streets has exceeded my fondest expectations.…

Reason interviews John Perry Barlow

Reason has published the best interview with John Perry Barlow I've read. He talks about becoming a reality TV star, a Democrat, and getting busted for marijuana possession at an airport. I have grave misgivings about John Kerry, but I certainly don't have misgivings about Kerry that equal the terror I have about another four…

John Perry Barlow : "War in the Land of Peace"

The latest missive from "cognitive dissident" and EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow, written on the road from Brazil: I know that we can turn Baghdad – a town with 2 and a half million children – into telegenic Disney Hell with several thousand tons of high explosives and injure only Bad Guys. (Indeed, watching CNN,…

John Perry Barlow on TIA, IAO, and PATRIOT Act: The All-Seeing Spy

Earlier today, Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder and "cognitive dissident" John Perry Barlow distributed to a mailing list of friends and fans this essay on Total Information Awareness, The Really Scary IAO Logo, and his proposed alternative to the IAO–an "Open Intelligence Office." Excerpt: What we see here is a technological vision and depth that is…

John Perry Barlow essay on the state of the nation: "Pox Americana"

John Perry Barlow just published an essay on "the present state of the American Experiment" to a mailing list of friends, fans, and assorted geeks. I've posted a copy online. Excerpt: A lot of what's wrong may be the very sort of thing you're reading right now. The Internet, has, as expected, provided a global…