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28 by Ralph Bonchance (Special to the A ustinSun) Someone, probably a person of no importance with a lot of time on his, hands, once postulated that if an infinite (or large -- versions of the story vary widely) number of monkeys were waggish, whimsical, jocose and droll. In fact, it is sometimes funny, in a peculiar sort of way. Its lively Rabelaisian ribaldry japes puckishly at such revered institutions as electric toas- ters, rape, colleges, universities, drugs, revolution, concrete, seeing-eye speak of. 'Fag gags a drag,' that's our motto." Printed in what its publishers seraphically describe as "limited editions" of 500 copies per issue, the Dogmahas never borne a cover price as high as a dime, though stiff bidding or lack of change among customers has forced the priceof individual copies as high as a quarter. In regarding a magazine with a circulation as pitiful as that of the Dogma, it is difficult to assess what impact, if any, it may have had on the- Austin cultural scene. But recently released figures make it perhaps a certainty that that impact D.K. Sheer, age unknown, has even suggested that the issue "Serves as a sort of legitimation for the fledgling Austin poetry scene and it should act as a promotion of the very work that the Dogma lampoons." Perhaps. But the fact remains that the Loosell issue of The Burning Dogma also celebrates -- albeit mockingly --the magazine's own recognition as "literature" by its selection for inclusion in the premiere volume of the prestigious National Index of Literary Periodicals. And, according to Informed Sources, the set to banging away at an infinite (or [ ] large) number of typewriters, they ] CHAleT SHOWS . ClliN'nFICaU.V [ would eventually produce all of I 6Rowl"X OF iDiocY IN AUSTIN / 951' / Shakespeare s works, if not a large i (.lloss vECT iN XUN.I ..a, .$,1 1 I / body of original literature. Perhaps. But a group of young ! / Austinites, while retaining the barrel- I / | of-monkeys flavor of the original __. I -" conception, believe they may have [ / / I found a shortcut. I • .... "iii; I / "Weealli 'thinkiog.'"saysAetress Margaret 0 Donalduck, one of many " ..... " international celebrities who have donated their names and fame to I [ / this allegedly talented group, whosePr°m°tingthemultifari°usactivities°f IIz, | / J l' | |tt/ Enterprises.Umbrella name is Twisted Drome I I,I Rcx, AY, I, v$ sLPI"., L YF.IT OUTRA=[ / "Thinking (rhymes with stinking) has yet to be shown to have any dogs and, most recently, poetry has indeed been very great indeed,next ssue bears the working title practical military or industrial applica- magazines (See CHART.) Strange Fiction. , tion. But the'Dogma is not all ridiculeA case in point is the latest effort, Indeed, with a dewy, unpreposses- But it may nevertheless have some. Under the staff's facade-like veneer of Loosell, a picaresque plunge into the sing freshness which manages to teach In any case, the Twisted Drome mordant irony there lie deep hidden demi-monde of local literature. As its a lesson without being didactic, the consortium has rushed into print with, of all things, a magazine, The Burning "Dogma (subtitled: "-or-The Longhorn Journal of Dada.") At its best, the Dogma is by turns satiric, comic, parodic, idiotic, witty, pools ofrealtalent. And beyond them, title insinuates, within the pages of TwistedDromegangandtheirBurning in a metaphoric valley reminiscentof LooseU are burlesques of such ogma just may well be heading some felicitous Shangri-La, are mainstays of the Austin Artistic itoward the deepest incursion into mountains of ironic mordancy, iRenaissance as the GAR, Wood Ibis, {Austin literature since Roy Butler's Or, as one facile staffer put it, "We Analecta and, of course, Lucg2e. One tatement of full financial disclosure. haven't done any homosexual jokes to Dogma staffer, ringletted, bespeckled perhaps. Or maybe not. S~: ~ake you~ kid to this T iii:] :guyshre the Govemment; t he Armyland