That’s right, the monsters of the Monster Union, Local 826, have gone on strike! We’ve been hearing rumors of it for a while now, and we certainly noticed a great deal of unrest among our monster brothers and sisters over the last few months.
Enlisting some of their musician friends—Steve Amick, Scott Beal, Dave Lawson, No Exit, Tall Friends, Actual Birds, Mariah Cherem, and Ramshackle, to name a few—the monsters have released I Am Not a Philosopher, I Am Just a Green Monster, a collection of ten monster protest songs and three bonus tracks. Revolting against everything from nightlights to cramped closets, this collection illustrates many of the finer points of the strike.
It started with the move (a labyrinthine basement location is much more “monstery” than our new downtown storefront), and spread from there. The monsters are currently in “negotiations” with our crotchety editor, Mr. Blotch. Blotch, for those of you who don’t know him, sees red and immediately starts to bellow whenever he hears the word “compromise.”
When asked for comments on the strike, one monster simply said, “GGggrrrraughaugh!” Well put, my friend. Well put. Rarely has oppression been articulated so clearly.
The Monster Union, Local 826, will be closed until further notice. We will continue to sell books (and the CD, of course), but all monster related products will need to be bought elsewhere. We’ll keep you posted on all the details of the strike as they become known to us.
In the meantime, I Am Not a Philosopher, I Am Just a Green Monster is available at 826michigan and in our online store. All proceeds benefit our incredible, awe inspiring, monster friendly student programming.