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Mark Ulyseas's Writings

Dec.28.2011
Live Encounters Magazine January 2012
(Location : A popular Asian tourist destination) What is your name? Mohammed Abdullah. I live in Riyadh where I graduated from King Saud University. And what are you doing here? I am free here. If I was in Saudi I would have to wear my thob with an Aogal and Shumak. Here I can wear jeans and a T-shirt and relax. In Riyadh men cannot visit the Mall unless they are...
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Dec.01.2011
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This year is grinding to a close and then hope will begin for the New Year. So what will it be? More wars? Genocide? Child abuse? Women beating? Extinction of another species? New insidious revelations that expose the all pervasive criminality of international politics and sections of the Media? There is so much to choose from. It’s like a supermarket out there...
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Jul.03.2011
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I grew up on the cusp of a chillum and rock music in bell bottoms and a floral shirt. India then was in the throes of change. The seventies were a great time for music, reefers, Marx and Sartre. Like me, many from my generation lived in a psychedelic world of acid rock and Hendrix. Some fell  by the wayside, dead, others crawled out of the cauldron when the party...
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Nov.18.2010
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 “It would appear that when East meets West all you get is the neo-Sanyasi, the instant Nirvana. Coming at the problem from separate directions, both parties have chanced upon the same conclusion, namely, that the most effective weapon against irony is to reduce everything to the banal. You have the Karma, we’ll take the Coca-Cola, a metaphysical soft drink...
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Agustian
Jan.31.2010
http://liveencounters.net/?page_id=27
Agustian Supriatna Artist, Musician, Fire Dancer (Tari Api) On the outskirts of glittering art galleries, congregating culture chameleons, ‘production line’ art and self appointed guardians of an incestuous art world exists a small band of men and women who work with whatever materials they can collect from the refuse of mankind; metal scrap, bottles, spoons,...
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Jan.31.2010
http://liveencounters.net/?page_id=52
Why do we need Gurus – self appointed men and women who act as agents for God? Why do we allow organized religion to brow beat us with the threat of hell and damnation if we don’t follow the precepts laid down through the ages? Why rituals? Why ceremonies? Why have faith in a Power that never shows its face, one that is intangible instead of a living, breathing...
Column
Lovina
Jan.21.2010
The Bali Times
How do you compose a song to a beautiful, gracious, enchanting and enigmatic woman? Do you pay obeisance with a humbleness that delights the soul? Do you behave like a gentile by ravaging her loins? Or, do you immerse yourself in her fragrant embrace, crying to belong and be loved in that final moment of pure ethereal intimacy? Where does one begin to tell the...
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Jan.20.2010
Liveencounters - bimonthly international online magazine
We are now into the second day of this lively festival of internationally renowned dead writers who have arrived in paradise wearing coats of many cultures waxing eloquent on the frailties of life and the temptations of physiological attractions. When I dropped into the festival office to collect my Press Lunch Pass I was greeted by the apparition of Oscar Wilde...
Column
Loneliness of a writer
Jan.20.2010
The Bali Times
Somewhere in Bali: This is about the author of this column who arrived on the shores of Bali to complete his unfinished book and to write for publications in other countries. Nearly three years down the line the words seem to flow in all directions creating a brand new world for him with the ever-shifting sands of time. The island embraces him like a mother...