Myself and I
Here you'll find all sorts of stuff that pours
out of my head. Essays on politics, sex, and religion (all the safe topics ...
haha), art, musings, grumpy kvetching, etc. Take a look around and see if I
don't sound a little nuts.
Stuff I Wrote --
Essays on Santeria/Lukumi, Witchcraft, radical activism, Queer theory, and so on
A cool survey I snaked
from a friend's site
Religious Art -- Pictures of Altars, Shrines,
and Spiritual Artwork (COMING SOON)
What’s Been Going On, you ask?
Where've I been?
Been sticking close to home lately. Planning trips to Indiana, New York, and
What’s in my CD Player? "The World is Your Balloon" Ethel Merman
What’s in my DVD/VCR? "Angels
Song I can’t get out of my
head: "With God on Our Side" Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
What am I reading?
Bringing the War Home
by Jeremy Varon ... a book about the Weather Underground Organization, the Red
Army Faction, and revolutionary violence in the 60s and 70s.
Current Favourite Quote:
"Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself
accordingly." -- Epictetus
am I up to? Spending time with my friends Pete, Dee,
and Adrienne, who I miss terribly (I've been laid up sick lately and not up to
doing much. Preparing to auction stuff on eBay. Planning road trips and
finally reuniting with my sweetie pie.
Traditional Witchcraft –
Craft (Cultus Sabbati), Feri, Robert Cochrane’s Clan of Tubal Cain/Roebuck in
the Thicket tradition, British Traditional
Witchcraft. I am currently practicing and teaching the tradition taught to me
21 years ago by British Traditionalist Witches in Southern California. I teach
in class settings, individually, and in my teaching coven Moonstag.
Lukumi/Santeria, Vodou, Candomble. I am a Babalorisha,
initiated to the Orisha Yemoja for 14 years. I have, however, retired and no
longer function in the Santeria community.
The Study of Radical and Revolutionary History and Politics –
Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Che, Emma Goldman,
SDS, Weather Underground, Panthers, Howard Zinn, Julius and Ethel
Rosenberg, Angela Davis
David Rakoff, Little Britain,
Sarah Vowell, David & Amy Sedaris, Britcoms like Keeping Up Appearances, my
friend Martin, my friend Dee, and my friend Adrienne, who are the funniest
people I've ever met
Movies – I am no pretentious
aficionado when it comes to movies. I don't know about cameras or lenses or if
this shot or that shot is good or bad. I just watch what I like and the less
self-conscious the movie the better.
I’m an old movie nut (of course I am starting to hear people call the movies
of my childhood “old” and it’s making me grumpy), but I also love to see new
things – comedies and horror mostly – Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite, the
Grudge, Day After Tomorrow, Dodgeball, Saved, Mean Girls, Kill Bill, Saw – and
dramatic, moving pieces like Angels in America, Shawshank Redemption and
Chocolat (LOVED it) – stuff like that. Also LOVE documentaries. All time
favourites? The Wizard of Oz and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Just a Little TV –
Daily Show, SNL,
SCTV, Law & Order (NEVER miss it), Arrested Development, and just about any
Collecting books and DVDs
Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Dinah Shore, Nina Hagen, Norah
Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Pete
Seeger, Joan Baez, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Alanis Morrisette, Cass Elliot,
Jennifer Holiday, Cleo Laine, Diamanda Galas, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper,
Marlene Dietrich, Sophie Tucker, Megan Mullally, Yma Sumac, Betty Carter,
Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Patti LaBelle, Joss Stone, Mae West, Harry Connick,
Jr., Edith Piaf, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell
My Current Favourite Stuff
These lists are NOT permanent or defining
or ANYTHING ... they just reflect what's bouncing around inside my head at the
- Art: "Starry Night" by Van Gogh (yeah,
I know ... it's trite and mainstream. I don't care!)
- Poems: Really into Dylan right
now. Songs, I know, but poetry too.
- Authors: David Rakoff, Dorothy Parker,
Andrew Chumbley, Victor Anderson, Ronald Hutton, Fran Lebowitz
- Books I Keep Coming Back To:
The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass
and How He Sent His Sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the Electric Chair
by Sam Roberts
- Movies I Keep Watching Over and Over:
Angels in America; 60s documentaries they keep repeating on PBS
- TV Shows: "Law & Order (forever and
always!); The Daily Show; Little Britain
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