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ashen-venema's picture
Aug.29.2013
Every child is truly switched on to the imagination. But frequently the environment belittles the imagination, and the gift can end up suppressed under the blanket of rationality. People with a strong creative drive may settle down to live in a straitjacket, and then find themselves overwhelmed by...
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Aug.19.2013
Knowledge is not the rare gem it used to be. Then again, without recording, analysing, sorting, summarising, calculating and disseminating mega quantities of data we’d have none of our ingenious toys to play with. Without statistics our systems would grind to a halt, and, yes, it’s annoying that...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.13.2013
The cawing was incessant. Crows don't irritate me; I've come to realise they are so utterly mediocre, so common, devoid of even the edginess that might make them irksome. Like pigeons sometimes do.  Crows are often spotted on cable wires or pecking at leftovers near garbage dumps or on balcony...
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Aug.05.2013
In yesterday’s post, we announced the publication of Jamais Vu Views, the long-awaited companion to our underground classic The Jamais Vu Papers. It is available in paperback and Kindle. Both books include jamais inter-views with real people participating in a...
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Aug.04.2013
Starnbergersee     Two languages, two rhythms, two patterns, two spheres, two perceptions … last week I attended a re-union of my primary school class in Bavaria. Around 20 of us turned up.  The event included a ship ride on the lake that marks the geography of my childhood – ...
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Jun.21.2013
Before I went to bed last night I asked for a dream, as I do when I want guidance from my unconscious. After all, the greater part of our psyche is out of sight, submerged, with only the top in view, which is why Freud used the image of an iceberg to depict the psyche, the submerged part having...
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Jun.14.2013
SHE calls me body electric. SHE – incarnate as hu-wo-man – oh the mystery – and such hard problem for the scientists who establish evidence of truth via the elimination of untruths. Meanwhile they identify my parts, their functions and complexities … I’m a miracle, my ears perk at the slightest...
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May.08.2013
The buzz of web-traffic can be exhilarating, a universe of stimulation, stories, advice, facts and know-hows. We put our name out there, mingle with travellers, seek adventure, share our thoughts, fulfil a task, meet like minds, exchange or sell something, and hopefully find synchronicity,...
farzana-versey's picture
Feb.14.2013
In cracked soles dusty finger nails frosted eyes musty armpits the soggy velvet of skin wayfarers meet   plunging darkness into night groping feathers that fly into a cage wayfarers meet   watering thirsty river beds nothing is said silence drowns swallowed by a whale wayfarers meet...
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Feb.08.2013
   Why spin tales, why listen to them, enact them on stage, dance them, ritualise them, read them, write them, re-write them?    We tell stories to ourselves and each other, to entertain, inspire, amplify events, or in search for meaning. When it comes to stories, fact-finders...