The Underbelli Audiozine #1 – Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse

We are very pleased to say we finished recording our first audio zine! This is us and some of our friends reading from Sasha Durakov’s “Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse—The Story of the Psycho,” which you can read here. Schizo-Genesis is a text in which Sasha Durakov attempts to situate psychiatry within the history of policing, trace its relation to various ideas of “normality,” and question its premises and assumptions. He ultimately argues that we should not fear madness, but recognize its elasticity and consider it from new, and often contradictory, angles. It’s in two parts, so make sure you listen to them in order.

Our first few podcast episodes will likely be similar to this: readings of our texts with audio enhancements. But there’s a reason we aren’t calling it an audio book project. In the near future, we will branch out and do oral histories and narratives of under-discussed topics of concern for us around mental health, sex work, policing, and surveillance. We are so excited to share this with the world! Please contact us if you have recommendations or feedback of any kind!

Song featured in this episode:

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Instrumental)

Sonic Youth – Schizophrenia

The Kinks – Acute Paranoid Schizophrenia Blues

Betty Hutton – Bluebirds in My Belfry

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube – Natural Born Killaz

Tupac – 16 on Death Row

Vince Staples – Loco

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry

Daniel Johnston – Like a Monkey in a Zoo

Prince Buster – Madness


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