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Censor it all. Film, TV, music, politics, books, news, art—censor all of it. That’s the guiding principle of local radical punk Ian Svenonius’ latest essay collection, Censorship Now!! Wait a minute, has Spiv—the radical frontman of establishment-burning bands like Nation of Ulysses and Chain & The Gang—gone right-wing on us? Hardly. As he argues, there is no “underground” anymore. Corporations and big businesses have not only accepted boundary-pushing art but commodified and branded it so much that nothing can really be seen as controversial anymore. Thus, if you start censoring art again, it puts the sociopolitical power back in the hands of those underground artists. Spiv could really be onto something here, or he could just be talking out of his ass. Only one way to find out: Go see him talk about his new book at Busboys & Poets and decide for yourself. Ian Svenonius reads at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com.