Why the Left is No Longer Funny

Way back during the last Bush administration there was a short-lived political comedy show on FOX called The Half-Hour News Hour. It was an attempt to create a conservative answer to The Daily Show and Colbert, and was short-lived because not even FOX viewers could deny that it was abominable. At the time, I was…

It’s Always You

The Beloved is in the Blood. -some Sufi or other It may be that you have appeared to me in more dreams than any other person, aside from my dead father. It hadn’t happened in some years, and I thought that time was past, till it happened again this morning. This ‘you’ doesn’t always look…

Ashes to Ashes

Fleet, It’s convenient that you don’t check your email, as it allows me to write to you as if you were an imaginary friend, without having to go through the delusion involved in constructing an actually imaginary friend. I’ve decided to call my non-imaginary friend “Fleet”. I had been dreaming this morning of working in…

This is America(n Propaganda?)

A friend of mine has been championing the idea that there’s a difference between Art and Propaganda. We have differed over where to draw the line between the two, but I have been considering the idea of the distinction. The difference between Art and Propaganda is a subset, or a consequence, of the difference between…

Museophilia as a Disorder

My most recent muse asked me to describe when it is that our relationship becomes a problem for me. She wanted to know what, to put it in my own terms, I am trying to avoid. I think the short answer is shame and frustration. I don’t want to get caught wanting a fix, and…

We Say YES

Joseph Campbell used to tell a story, about how he had met some famous Yogi, a Guru, in India, when he was a young man. He got an audience with the Guru, and as is customary, arrived with the deepest question brought to him by exposure to the Vedic tradition. If, Campbell asked, all of…

MUSE EFFECT #2: Love in the FriendZone

The Essential Classical Liberal Critique is as follows: Beware the creation of a ‘complete safety’ culture. Such a culture only pretends to that omniscience necessary to the task and hence deserving of the authority. Wishful thinking and all the good intentions in the world will not make up for the fact that human understanding is…

Muse Effect #1: In Search of the Last VCR

There is, and always shall be, a debate over whether or not the Muse Effect is for good or ill. That’s what the story of Adam and Eve is all about. The Muse brings chaos and creation, and who can say, exactly, whether this is a Good Thing. The Garden World he created was Good,…

THE MUSE EFFECT

I Met a Girl. She started me thinking again about Astrology. Incidentally… i am similarly at cross purposes with myself. in fact, i’m looking at myself through the mirror of you. A little after i wrote that character description it struck me that I could not sum up myself so coherently. Or not really sum…

Artistry and Social Construction

Reading an article in The Atlantic just now I am struck by an idea of two different sorts of obstruction that it’s easy to confuse for one another. I’m going to call them: What Other People Think Aesthetic Quality They are not one and the same, but it’s hard to tell the difference. It can…

The Meaning of Money

Our world is such that the meaning of money is extremely hard to pin down. Perhaps it is elusive in the best of times, but at present it’s bewildering to the heart and mind, and stomach. In particular, I’m thinking about kickstarter and patreon, drawn to the contemplation by my struggles as an artist. I’ve…

Twisting Along the Way

Hi [Redacted], I felt badly the other day engaging you publicly about the trick to doing what you love, as I know that’s your business. Not too terribly guilty, because in taking that on as a business you of necessity open yourself to such responses. In fact, I think they’re necessary. But the kind of…

Another Week, Another Weekly

Unlike my friend David, who used to study film, but now finds it beneath contempt, my appetite for the medium remains undiminished. Well, not exactly. I’m not so interested in films, per se, but in the whole act of dramatic representation. Consequently, I’m particularly interested in movie reviews. I’m of the old school, what Hamlet…

The Revolt Against Beauty

I’ve saved lots of images I’ll never look at again, but there’s one I didn’t save that I wish I had. This image was a photograph of graffiti spray-painted onto the wall of some crumbling and dilapidated building. The reason I wish I’d saved it is so I could recall the exact wording, which not…

Pulling a Bannon

Well, it’s August again. Which means I’m starting on another album. Truth is, I have what seems to me a great wealth of creative inspirations, and a corresponding dearth of financial resources. It is, as with most things, a chicken and egg problem. And I think it was Chris Chandler who finally cracked the case:…

I Think Bob Dylan Was With Hydra

To my mind, this is a perfect love song. Couldn’t find Dylan’s original, so Jeff Buckley will have to suffice. There are a million covers, but I believe Buckley knew the heart of it. This is the sort of love song that’s quite seemly in a young man, though it ages strangely, as perhaps we…

FILM SCHOOL AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF IDIOCY

WARNING: Title might not accurately indicate content. I’m rewatching The Matrix, for laughs. Best one so far: Humans scorched the sky because the machines were dependent on solar energy. This takes destroying the village to save it to another level, and then again to the level above that. It’s not only destroying the village you…

The Best of the Worst

Reading the EW’s “Socializing with Socialists” article from last week, it struck me that the problem with being anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-capitalist, and all similar things is that the negation of hierarchy does not in itself solve the problem of hierarchy. Hierarchy, in short, reasserts itself, covertly at first, and then again in the fresh bloom…

Just Another Day in the Age of Universal Deceit

This picture does a nice job summing up everything that’s wrong with people on the Internet. Well, ok, it doesn’t do all that. It does, though, demonstrate how complete and casual the disregard for truth is in the construction of clickbait. It’s not merely that this picture never happened, that there never was a tour…

Golden Showers For Everyone

It’s been interesting to watch Chris Hedges’ path from the heart of intellectual and moral dissent under the Bush Administration to the political Siberia of RT. This path saw him first fired from the NYTimes for expressing opposition to the invasion of Iraq too far in front of the curve, to his current exile beyond…