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beyond dispute), but also in Bonn, Milan, Madrid, Dower, Rome, Berkeley, New York, West Berlin, Frankfurt, Santiago, Vancouver and a dozen other cities around the world.

THE SPIES FOR PEACE (a spoof on the Atoms for Peace campaign), who represented one of the "new forms of action" in the essay containing the "reversible coherence of the world" quote (they raided a secret government bomb shelter), are also mentioned in the Misery of Student Life. What was once a "decisive contribution" in the struggle against the idea of nuclear hibernation and secrets in general, a contribution that the SI wanted to extend to other countries with their "Destruction of R.S.G. 6" protest in Denmark, was later criticized in Misery of Student Life not having a truly radical, but only a partial critique centered on an anti-bomb perspective which, in part, would account for the group's isolation - it didn't link up with the working class or press for the revolution of everyday life. This hardening of position on the part of the SI, by insisting on a totalizing critique, is perhaps a minor point, but it is indicative of a trend that is part of the real history of the group. In any case, it apparently needs to be said that The Spies for Peace weren't Nazis or in any way like Nazis; nor were the students of Strasbourg Nazis!

IN HIS RESPONSE to my footnote, Marcus included this excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle (July 23, 1997):

"I have a conversation...that I find I have a connection to. Tales abound of close encounters with Cunanan in bars and discos and at tony dinner parties, and many gay men have expressed shock and distress at just how widely known - and popular - the suspected killer appears to have been. 'Cunanan is the Patient Zero of serial killers,' said San Francisco writer David Israels. 'Patient Zero was supposedly everywhere and connected to everyone, and this guy was also everywhere and connected to everyone. He's been seen in more places than Elvis.' The case also taps into the darkest nightmare of many gay men - that the sexy, affable guy they chatted up in the bar was not at all what he seemed. And it explodes the stereotype that most people, including gay men, have of serial killers as visibly disturbed loners."

THIS EXCERPT ALMOST DEFIES commentary. My first reaction is to point out that the Patient Zero hypothesis has been thoroughly discredited: because the guy in question had traveled a great deal and had had many sexual contacts, he was arbitrarily chosen to be Patient 0 in the Center for Disease Control numbering system, and then unfairly characterized in the media as the main disease vector. Patient Zero is just more spectacular disinformation. What can be said about Cunanan, except to underscore the reality. . .

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