When Souls Collide (The Life & Loves of a Failed Misanthrope # 3)

People who know me—and even people who don’t—have commented on how I have become softer, more relaxed and open over the past few years. I have credited this change to my wife, my work in the thrift store, and my association with Dave Oshana. But there’s something else I have not talked about, an event …

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The Liminalist # 173: Nefarious Forces (with Douglas Valentine)

Conversation with Douglas Valentine, author of The CIA as Organized Crime, on the Phoenix Program, how American got into Vietnam, US support of South Vietnam government & military, an intelligence war, black propaganda in Vietnam, the CIA shell game, how the US perfected terrorism before declaring war on it, military involvement in the Phoenix Program, …

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The Liminalist # 172: A Square Circle (with Ken Ammi)

Epic Halloween conversation with Ken Ammi, on being born at a young age, the Argentinian teeth mice, a true & honest skeptic, a world of deception, a battle in the body, discovering Crowley, Robert Anton Wilson, Book of Thoth in Tangier, primed by occult forces, Timothy Leary & Crowley’s legacy, the Rosicrucian cross, social engineering …

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The Liminalist # 171: Hostages to Hysteria (with James Howard Kunstler)

Return conversation with James Howard Kunstler, on grievance studies hoax in academia, dog park rape culture, buzz words as thought stoppers, working at Term Papers Unltd, finals week forever, Bullshit Unltd, the evolution of academic jargon, French post-structuralists, the history of intellectual fraud, the degeneration of education, Kunstler’s downward curve as university speaker, a pivotal …

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The Liminalist # 170.5: An Invisible Audience (with Jonathan Lethem)

Second of two-part return conversation with Jonathan Lethem, on Lethem’s nonfiction, a writer who doesn’t hide, a mask of transparency, Joe Brainard, bargaining with disclosure, fiction & nonfiction, the ache for fame, Superman/Clark Kent syndrome, a performance of honesty, The Blood Poets, Prisoner of Infinity, Whitley’s fortress of solitude, a Strieber rabbit hole, the psychology …

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The Liminalist # 170: Feral Nation (with Jonathan Lethem)

Part one of a two-part return conversation with Jonathan Lethem, on writing Feral Detective, the process of assembling, the election happens, the MeeToo movement, beating dead horses, what Donald Trump represents, a curdled archetype, presidents & pop culture, the neoliberal continuity, fixating on an image, a disambiguation of US politics, Obama’s peace prize, a symbolic …

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The Liminalist # 169.5: A Walking Vortex (with Cary McCoy)

Second of two-part return conversation with Cary McCoy, on what sex are you, referring to base facts, a fabric of truth & lies, transspeciesism, a bizarro dream life, Dr. Moreau’s future, Cary’s art, symbolic future paintings, Billy dream, astral visits from dead rock stars, Highwaymen, piano & guitar, super creepy soundtracks, conjuring spirits, a walking …

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The Liminalist # 169: Flesh Ape Liberation Simulation Exercise (with Cary McCoy)

First of a two-part return conversation with Cary McCoy, on Stormy Weather days, excitability & depth, changing views of the occult, the burden of knowledge, the remakes of history, an apologia for Homo Serpiens, an artificial layer of reality, two monkeys in the zoo, a greater control system, AI & the original inception, who made …

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The Liminalist # 168.5: The Heat of the Enlightenment Transmission (with Dave Oshana)

Fourth in four-part conversation with Dave Oshana, on making a prison break, keeping the constructed identity in the dark, a tribe of chimpanzees, the risks & benefits of interaction, the cooperative process, a parallel distributed processing system, corn kernels in a pot, leading into the sauna the heat of enlightenment transmission, managing awakening, the need …

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The Liminalist # 168: Where the Wild Oranges Grow (with Dave Oshana)

Third of four-part conversation with Dave Oshana, on the appeal of movies, interactive media, dying in video games, practicing survival skills, movies as training manuals, robotization of the species, plastic surgery and electronic implants, YouTube video gamers, letting the Grinch take over, glorifying the toxins, transgender & transhumanism, beman (bio-electric human)rights, a religious argument, euthanasia, …

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The Liminalist # 167.5: The Illusion of Independence (or: Murmuration, with Dave Oshana)

Part two of four-part conversation with Dave Oshana, on the part that doesn’t want to be awoken, fear of responsibility, sacrificing for love, giving up the fake life, a civil war within, what gets your desire, Dave’s fantasy of script-writing, a culture clash, minor early religious influences, connecting to the void within another, the pros …

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The Liminalist # 167: Journeys into the Body (with Dave Oshana)

First in a four-part conversation with unplugging agent Dave Oshana, on confounding Jasun’s image of enlightenment, Homo Serpiens and the cosmic ubermensch, a pyramid of knowledge, ancestors & angels, experience & interpretation, the idea of attaining to knowledge, mapping reality, Dave’s childhood compared to Jasun’s, a feeling of unreality, Dave’s quest, the growing false self, …

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The Liminalist 166.5: Levity & Gravity (with Gib Strange)

Part two of two-part return conversation with Gib Strange, on the last generation, the end of enlightenment opportunity, belief in Apocalypse, the rush to suicide, zombies & clowns, temporal anxiety, the age of the prequel, born into someone else’s story, the quest for causality, seeking the bad DNA, The Godfather & fathers & sons, a …

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The Liminalist # 166: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (with Gib Strange)

Two-part return conversation with Gib Strange, on the Uncanny Valley, transhumanism, when robots cease to be cute, on the other side of the valley, the space between robot and human, the robots’ agenda, fear of Skynet, Star Wars & Silent Running, C3P0 vs. R2D2, teddy bears, dolls, & clowns, hyper-realistic sex dolls, relics of irretrievable …

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The Liminalist # 165.5: A Southern Accent (with Corey N.)

Second of two-part conversation with Corey N, on rapid onset gender dysphoria, a cultural context for the incomprehensible, the non-existence of gender, gender stereotypes, the concept of identity, the opportunity of identity crisis, targeting the shamanic demographic, marketing identity, hyper-socialization, becoming institutionalized, sleep deprivation in a mental hospital, enforcing focused awareness, being infantilized, learned helplessness, …

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The Liminalist # 165: Corey & the Cowboy (with Corey N.)

Two-part conversation with Corey N. and a life of high strangeness, sudden onset kundalini rising, an awakening on the toilet, a grandiose experience, a new set of eyes, a scientific paradigm, Robert Anton Wilson’s Maybe Logic, a lightness in the body, taking testosterone supplement, self commodification and self-optimization, the cowboy & the fool, sorting obstacles …

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The Liminalist # 164: An Encounter with the Self (with Martin Jolly)

On-set conversation with Martin Jolly on Dave Oshana, an orientation towards the wholesome, subjective & objective impressions of Dave, Oshana retreats, the issue of language, a critical toolset, the problem of the teachings, a developing sense of enlightenment, a perfected methodology, ancestral consciousness, the retreat space, amplifying the signal of the soul, an encounter with …

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The Liminalist # 162.5: Approaching the Incomprehensible (with Simone Weil)

Part two of read and response to Simone Weil’s Gravity & Grace. Impressions of Weil, an austere perspective, suffering & joy, the absence signals presence, the meaning of suffering, the door to the supernatural, knocking without assumptions, images of the divine, good & evil, minimizing evil, soul-curiosity, the criteria of the real, existence & non-existence, …

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