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Saturday, July 19, 2003
Dyer Straights

from Library Journal...

"Self-actualization guru Dyer has a talent for appropriating age-old spiritual concepts and marketing them with buzzwords like "spiritual manifestation." Here he outlines nine principles for manifesting spiritual destiny, which appears to be synonymous with getting everything we want. According to Dyer, if we can just get out of our ego's reach, the power of the universe would act in us to bring us everything we truly desire. By putting worthy spiritual ideals to the service of personal power, Dyer subverts the meaning of unconditional love, seeing it as the means to an end rather than a worthy end in itself."

from Booklist...

"Best-selling author Dyer says this title is different from any other he's written, but his 1992 book, Real Magic, was also about 'using your invisible self to influence physical reality.' Here, the message is muddled. On one hand, he tells readers that inner peace should be their greatest goal, but, on the other hand, he offers techniques designed to attain more worldly objectives, like a new job. There's lots about meditating and chanting, and he supplies distillations from A Course in Miracles, but ultimately, the volume veers close to the low end of New Age gobbledygook."

Emphasis mine. You can laugh at this silly shit I've been posting about the self-styled (emphasis on the self) New Age, but while bloggers, journalists, and academic theorists ponder the state of the world and the nature of some abstract "reality," it's assholes like Wayne Dyer, Scott Peck, Nathaniel Branden, and Marianne Williamson (note yet another reference above to A Course in Miracles; they're everywhere in this stuff) who are redefining our culture, notions of identity, and relationship to each other. Letting this "literature" pass as being beneath our too-sophisticated-to-care consideration is tantamount to giving these pernicious "ideas" free reign to work their black bricolage unopposed. Caveat emptor, motherfuckers.

4:58 PM | link |

Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Damn, He's Good!

 The man is a sexual machine!
RageBoy's as good in bed as he claims!
  • Who would have guessed?
  • Why haven't I heard about him before?
  • Color me another satisfied EGR subscriber!

This post dedicated to Shelley Powers, who taught me everything I know. -RB

8:27 PM | link |

New Age Nookie!

No, this isn't something I picked up at the "Adult" video store. It's a featured offering of the One Spirit book club (as you can see here). One Spirit is QPB's marketing vector into the bored affluent New Age demographic. It seems that, after endless reading about The Light, The Way, The Truth, and all that Gnostic, transpersonal tommyrot, many New Agers are horny as fuck!


Interestingly, the cover displayed on Amazon is much toned down from the one shown here (hell, at least they airbrushed out the guy's hardon -- that's an esoteric sub-particle immanent in the seventh chakra, for those of you unfamiliar with advanced metaphysics). The questions all this raises in my mind are: was there hue and cry over the more explicit cover?; were the sensitivities of the spiritualists deeply offended?; how did she get up there like that?; will Tom Terrific save the maiden? Stay tuned for the answers, right after this important message...

3:16 PM | link |

RB & Locke Have Terrible Fight

Yeah, it was pretty bad. Without going into details, I was working late in the Tactical Nuke Lab last month, when, unbeknownst to me, RageBoy once again slipped his restraints in the adjoining dungeon complex and sneaked up behind me just as I was making some very delicate adjustments to a 30 meg warhead. He nearly caused the evaporation of entire US Mountain region timezone.

I was so pissed I called off the wedding, which was then only days away. RB was disconsolate (naturally) and begged me not to reject him for "just shitting around," as he put it. I told him I'd have to think about it, and repaired to EGR HQ in the Yucatan Peninsula for deep meditation, rolfing and extensive Lomi bodywork. Finally, I realized that I'd let my ego get in the way of our Relationship, and that if I was ever to Get My Needs Met, RageBoy was The One to meet them.

So, the wedding is back on, but now set for the WINTER solstice. Therefore, I've added a wedding registry graphic to the blog template (it's over there at the upper right) so you can give us more stuff. So far, we only got two things: Nude Tai Chi, and Punk As Fuck. Someone ordered us the Nude Yoga video, but it never arrived. We could really use some plates and stuff to eat off, as the concrete floors in the lab are a little iffy even after we decommissioned the Anthrax incubator project. So we hope you'll be generous and send us some bowls or flatware or something useful this time.

1:45 PM | link |

Monday, July 14, 2003
Sounds Like She Already Does Know Me

-----Original Message-----
> From: Enrichetta Mounsey [mailto:enrichetta_mounseydg@one.net]  
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 7:23 PM
> To: clocke@panix.com
> Subject: It�s like I already know you
> PEF-RX will take your sex life to new levels... Guaranteed!
> Your penis will grow up to 3 inches  [check]
> Your erections will be rock hard     [check]
> Your sex drive will be supercharged  [check] 
> Your orgasms will be more intense    [check]
> Your partner will be astounded       [check]

So why do I need this PEF-RX shit, then? I must be missing something here.

8:52 PM | link |

Sunday, July 13, 2003
With A Little Help From Her Friends
Ann Craig found out this past week that she has skin cancer -- more specifically, melanoma, which is no lightweight in the cancer lineup. She's already had one operation to remove the most obvious tissue (from her leg), and is going into surgery again tomorrow morning (9:45 Pacific) so they can remove more, hopefully get it all. They didn't operate more radically the first time because they didn't yet have the biopsy. When the doctors got it, and gave Ann the news, they told her they wanted a second go at her.

In spite of what is obviously a scary prospect, Ann's spirit is indomitable. She is no less a serious-and-funny motherfucker in facing this than she was before the surprises of this past week. This recent photo oh her -- on a Russian submarine! don't even ask -- says more than I could hope to about her courage, spunk, humor, and all-around wonderful open-sky heart.

Ann Craig

Please join me in pulling for her. Whatever you do in the face of death, please do now for her. It will make a difference. Ann gave me her permission to post this. She thanks you for the all the love and kindness in your hearts.

Oh yeah, and she said she'd really appreciate getting mail, as she's going to be laid up (and blissed out on the finest pain meds; lucky stiff) for the next few days. You can write to her at cilanntro@yahoo.com.

...uh, I guess I shouldn't have said "lucky stiff," huh? But fuck it. If we can't laugh at what we most fear, what does our laughter count for in the final analysis? This is no joke, of course, but then, so little of this precious life is. I hope you will pray for Ann, burn incense, sacrifice the neighbor's cat... as I said, whatever it is you do at times like this. I have personally seen pure concentrated freak power save a life, and there are enough freaks who will see this -- please make sure it travels -- to do it again. As Allen Ginsberg once said in a slightly different context, "I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel." Please add yours and -- whether they know Ann or not; what difference does it make? -- ask your pals to do the same.

best to all,


8:52 PM | link |

Great Titles We Have Seen

This one's for you, George,
in gratitude for your great Betsy Ross comment.

5:55 AM | link |

Headbone Disconnected From De Brain...bone
The "valorization of narcissism" (a phrase used by Philip Cushman in his excellent book, Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy) proceeds apace with this latest (and not-so-excellent) entry in the mushrooming genre. By a Jungian analyst, no less. Oh wow. Are there many such left who have not already succumbed to the call of the Wool-Gathering Shaman and the Red-Breasted Nutcase?

me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me
me me me me me

Here's a quote:
"Becoming a person of psychological and spiritual substance is a result of the committed pursuit of self-knowledge. This quest marks the timeworn path outlined by many of the great philosophers and religious figures of the past and present. In ancient Greece the philosopher Socrates enjoined us to know ourselves. One of the meanings of the word Buddha is 'to awaken,' to awaken our search for consciousness. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus informs us 'whoever has not known himself knows nothing, but he who has known himself has already understood the depths of all things.'"
Now look, Socrates enjoined us to do lots of things, one of which was to kill all the poets. As everyone knows, he was a corrupter of youth. If you ask me, the Hemlock was too good for him. Did they have lions in Greece too, or was that just Rome? Anyway, fuck Socrates. As to the Buddha, what does being awake (bodhi in Sanskrit) have to do with selfishness? I'll tell you what. Absolutely nothing. I'm on less firm ground with Thomas (except for the English muffins), but I'm going to hazard a wild guess that Jesus wasn't counseling selfishness either. Jesus! So why CALL it selfishness?

Was it maybe to pander to the burgeoning ranks of New Age NARCISSISTS out there??? Gosh, would an actual JUNGIAN ANALYST stoop that low just to get his picture in New Age Retailer magazine (I shit you not) -- which does in fact run a plug for Sacred Selfishness this month. Way to go Bud!

I know that this is not very generous of me, and not very nice, but so the fuck what?

Perhaps it will put this world shaking non-event into better context to note that the same publisher (Inner Ocean, based on Maui; are you thinking what I'm thinking?) also publishes...

Here's Jean after a few potent tokes of Maui weed:
"Dogs are the friends of my soul; I fall into their eyes and know utter contentment. I have found that a great many of my ideas and knowings have been accompanied by the presence and, often, the inspiration of dogs. Dogs have given me steady emotional [sic] and often in circumstances that my fellow humans have regarded as fraught with ambiguity."
Fraught with ambiguity, yeah, I'll say. Does this really need further comment? Except maybe that Jean & Bud should go back to surfing their inner ocean until they can think up something a little less stupid. Of course, the fact that they are stupid, will no doubt assure these titles a long run on American bestseller charts. After all, The Road Less Traveled was on the NY Times list for 10 years. And look how dumb that was.

PS: I just noticed on Bud's site (is it OK if I call you Bud, Bud?) that he is also the author of Like Gold Through Fire: Understanding the Transforming Power of Suffering -- which I will henceforrth refer to as Like Shit Through A Goose: Understanding the Transgressive Nature of Claptrap. Here's a clip:

"Once we discover our ability to discriminate between neurotic suffering, developmental suffering, natural suffering, and transcendent suffering, we weill [sic] become open to joy and fulfillment."
First off, is that "weill" an actual Freudian slip on a Jungian website? By gum, I think it is! Especially seeing as this guy's racked up some pretty impressive sales figures...

Second off, maybe it's just me, but I'm thinking that anyone who could sort out all those different kinds of suffering, wouldn't really be what I would call, you know, suffering. To me, suffering is when you're curled up in a fetal ball on the kitchen floor rocking back and forth, clutching your stomach and moaning, hoping it will stop soon, but knowing it never will. I dunno, though. Maybe what I've experienced isn't REAL suffering, just another low-grade down-home anti-intellectual panic attack. Like what I get when I think I'm going to have to read one more of these FUCKING NEW AGE SPIRIT GUIDES!!!. For these, I find that medication beats meditation, hands down.

Speaking of which...

4:22 AM | link |

It's 11 o'clock.
Do you know where your drugs are?

2:34 AM | link |

"RageBoy: Giving being fucking nuts a good name since 1985."
~D. Weinberger
28 October 2004

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