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Man, myth, and magic

I spent most of today researching the idea of the mythic imagination. It’s the topic of our podcast on Wednesday. It’s an area that has long fascinated me. As a boy, I grew up reading heroic fantasy novels, comics, and history. I loved epic stories of good versus evil, the lone solemn warrior, the protector, and the fair maiden, and the wise old man, and the savior of the free world. Although I must say, I always fancied being the companion to the champion, especially the wise old man figure in the form of the wizard. Gandalf from the Lord

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It’s worse than that, he’s dead Jim! #AudioMo Day 2

You may have caught wind online that I’m participating in the 30 Day audio challenge known as #AudioMo where you post a piece of audio every day during the month of June. If you missed yesterday’s audio you can listen here. As I’m writing this, it’s Tuesday, but lord knows it feels like it should be Thursday! The week has been that intense and only 2 days in.

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Look at me, I’m Gordon Gekko

Being everywhere at once is an appropriated style I adopted from the speed freaks of the Gordon Gekko generation. Everybody wants everything at once. I don’t have time, they chant. I’m busy, they say. Busy doing what? Everybody’s busy. Everybody is busy being busy. And if you’re not busy, you’re wasting time. Shame on you. You lazy beast. Sitting idle watching the wheels go round and round. They make wasting time a crime when, in fact, being busy should be the crime. You’re going to busy yourself into an early grave and then you’ll have time. You’ll have plenty of

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Where's is my mind?
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Stranglehold

I cannot escape the stranglehold of words. To be able to use language like an alchemist mixing chemical concoctions that play with the mind, well now that just turns me on to no end. Words are sexy. I’ve been learning about the sentence and even though I have been writing sentences for more than forty years, there’s still loads to learn. And then there are American Sentences – the Americanized form of the Haiku invented by the word wizard, Allen Ginsberg. Like the Haiku, American Sentences (example 1 and example 2 and here’s a whole book of them) are meant

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Existence

Existence is suffering.Existence is painExistence is timeExistence is purposeExistence is immediateExistence is perfectExistence is reasonExistence is problematicExistence is exoticExistence is mysteriousExistence is meExistence is godExistence is beautifulExistence is mindExistence is unnecessaryExistence is lameExistence is resistanceExistence is futileExistence is eternalExistence is essenceExistence is temporaryExistence is struggleExistence is everythingExistence is ironicExistence is simpleExistence is absoluteExistence is realityExistence is briefExistence is meaningless

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Even monsters need to eat

Everybody keeps going on about returning back to normal as if we could carry on living our lives the same way before the pandemic struck. I don’t want to find my way back to normal. I was already tired of the ‘image is everything’ culture we’d been sold through the foul mouths of marketers who are little more than piranhas praying on people’s frail egos and desperate need to be “liked” by people they don’t even know or care about. I hope the world does collapse. It was shit anyway being under so much pressure , forced to earn a

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When ignorance is wise

By changing the chemical and electrical activity in their large brains, they argued that as a species, they had fallen victim to evolutionary success. Others worried. They worried that besides the relentless pursuit of pleasure, they had forged sad habits and an ethos that would lead to a good life. The insiders were suspicious of such talk. It didn’t suit their brand of morality. It was a deeply unscientific way of thinking perpetuated by guru philosophers and techno shamans. “Take the pills”, they insisted. The message is easier to spread if you take the pills like they did in the

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Better to rule in Hell

Just in case you read this God, I don’t really mean that. I mean serving in Heaven has its appeal too. And one day my broken tooth will fall out and I’ll be able to eat meat again like a lion instead of gumming it to death like a toothless hag. Until then, I’ll continue to eat more pears and drink the juice out of the can. The day was clear and warm, without a breath of air to fan the sweat and cool me off, I had to try and balance the here and now with what happens next,

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