Return of the Fool

  Birds, Fishes, & Hares This year, Easter Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day. I don’t believe in coincidences. That Christ’s resurrection corresponds this year with the celebration of the Fool points to an esoteric, mythical tradition, one that is observable in the story of Amfortas, the Fisher King (a quite different story from the …

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2017: The Year in TV Shows

A momentary departure from the customary blog gravitas to share my slightly guilty evening R & R pleasures of the past year, TV shows I gratefully escaped into in 2017: Legion How did a TV show based on a Marvel comic about mutants, with an exec-producer credit for sleazebag Bryan Singer, make it to the top of the …

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Scumbags and Superstars: Hollywood Predators & the Dark Side of Celebrity Culture

“Scumbags and superstars/ Tell me your names  I’ll make a bet, you’re/ Both the same.” ~Talking Heads, “Lifetime Piling Up”   A Mirrored Fun House Of course, Weinstein’s behavior can only have been an “open secret” in Hollywood, a popular oxymoron referring to something insiders are aware of, and aware enough not to talk to …

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My Dinner with Desilet

At my invitation, Greg Desilet sent his long response to my essay “A Critical Divide.” He wrote it in the form of answers to specific points in the essay, so I am reproducing it in its original form rather than trying to stitch it together into a stand-alone essay. It is very long (probably about half …

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What, No Aliens? Manufactured Narratives, Imaginal Beings, & Strieber’s Necessary Fantasy?

Yesterday I re-read a series of essays by Dream’s End (Ty Brown) written in 2007, called “Whitley Strieber & the Paradigm of Doom.” The last time I read this material was in 2008. The second place I posted my Strieber article after Rigorous Intuition was the Dreamsend forum (I met my wife there!). From what I’ve gathered, …

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Sam Peckinpah Would Have Been 88 Today

To commemorate the old goat of cinema, here’s an episode from Shooting the Ghost: A Podcast About Men, called “Who Created God?”, on which myself, Phil Synder, and Balloonman Bill Morrison discuss the dangers of mother-bonding, the definition of tragedy, the price of fame, the power-play between men and women, Sam’s family patterns, the hero as psychopath, the …

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