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Mar.11.2014
  “I was just thinking,” said Coyote/Llixgrijb, “that maybe I’ve chosen the wrong realm to live in altogether. I created this physical, temporal realm, and put Brillig in it to experience it for me. But, really, all this physicality spells nothing but trouble. It seems that suffering,...
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Nov.13.2013
  That’s a line that I once scrawled inside a paper sculpture—one of a series of artworks called “messages.” Google “self-expression.” Today I got 2,480,000 results in less than a second. At a glance, it’s obvious that a lot of our cultural dialogue is dedicated to self-expression. A...
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Nov.05.2013
Here’s some news that amazed me recently, and also got me to asking myself a lot of troublesome questions. Working gears have been discovered in an insect. Scientific American’s video of these gears in action is pretty breathtaking to watch. The story broke just a couple of months ago...
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Sep.06.2013
A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the allegedly late Timothy Leary’s disdain for privacy—“the evil of monotheism,” he called it. Personally, I’m as alarmed as anyone else about threats to personal privacy from both government and corporations. But some invasions of privacy seem downright...
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Aug.27.2013
Fake news stories are all the rage these days. And yes, they can be hard to distinguish from real news. I have friends who were taken in by a recent story reporting that Arizona was implementing a gay-to-straight conversion program in its public schools. I wasn’t fooled by that one, but I...
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Aug.06.2013
  I think about Timothy Leary a lot these days. He is widely believed to have died on May 31,1996. If so, it’s really too bad. A pioneering technopagan and an elder statesman of Cyberpunk, he would love our time. Google, Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest of our digital...
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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.01.2013
It’s finally out in both paperback and Kindle—Jamais Vu Views, the companion to our underground classic The Jamais Vu Papers. Some of you have been waiting for this book for two decades or more. Others of you have no idea what we’re talking about. So let’s go back to Los Angeles in 1987, for the...
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Jul.04.2013
Way back in 1997, I compiled, edited, and introduced a small collection of source materials about the Declaration of Independence. It was fascinating to explore the Story of that great document! Here is the epilogue I wrote for the book: What really happened during those first four fateful...
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May.14.2013
  My new play, The Lullaby Tree, is now available on Kindle. It is inspired by the shortest verse in the King James Bible: Jesus wept. —John 11:35   Here’s a bit of PR copy: The Lullaby Tree is the first play in Wim Coleman’s forthcoming “Aesopeia” cycle about the life of the...
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Apr.21.2013
“Save oxygen: stamp out small talk. ”Thus Spake Aforista I seldom agree wholeheartedly with the Postfuturist Sage Aforista, but I’m right on board with this saying. Whenever small talk starts, Pat and I both glaze over and remain in a quasi-catatonic state until the conversation returns to...
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Apr.11.2013
In my previous post, I certainly didn’t mean to “diss” Charles Darwin by calling him the “consummate hedgehog.” The world of ideas must have its hedgehogs as well as its foxes. It is true that Charles’s überfox grandfather Erasmus anticipated a lot of evolutionary theory, including Natural...
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Apr.09.2013
Here are a few lines to celebrate National Poetry Month … Organic life beneath the shoreless wavesWas born and nurs’d in ocean’s pearly caves;First forms minute, unseen by spheric glass,Move on the mud, or pierce the watery mass;These, as successive generations bloom,New powers acquire, and larger...
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Apr.05.2013
When my teenage daughter broke up with her boyfriend recently, her Awesome Grandma sent her a t-shirt with this slogan:  A WOMAN NEEDS A MAN LIKE A FISH NEEDS A BICYCLE It’s an old maxim, one that I can remember seeing on t-shirts back when I was in high school. I hadn’t seen or heard it...
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Apr.01.2013
“There is no such thing as ancient wisdom; it is always new.”Thus Spake Aforista. Count on the Postfuturist Sage Aforista to say something strident, hyperbolic, and even untrue. Of course there is such a thing as ancient wisdom, and of course we all need to be mindful of it in this speed-of-light...
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