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Tuesday
Dec252007

Writing is an adventure

Greetings,

“’I did that,’ says my memory. ‘I can’t have done that,’ says my pride, and remains adamant. Finally memory gives way.” - Nietzsche.

“The interpreter” in the left brain strings experiences into narratives. A novelist in our heads. A novelist called memory ceaselessly redrafting the short story we call “My Life.”

"Writing and telling a story is all about detail and realising the significance of the insignificant." 

"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public." -Goethe

...In both Irish and Welsh myth and saga, the art of foretelling the future is an essential part of the story. More often then not, it is to escape their fate, prophesied by the Druid, that leads the protagonists into adventures which inevitably lead them to the fate they seek to avoid. 

...At one point, the narrator irreverently criticizes the author and the book, saying: "You've slapped together travel notes, moralistic ramblings, feelings, notes, jottings, untheoretical discussions, unfable-like fables, copied out some folk songs, added some legend- like nonsense of your own, and are calling it fiction!" -Soul Mountain by Gao

"I want to know one thing. What is color?" - Picasso 

Peace.

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Friday
Dec212007

Sensation & Perception

Greetings,

"Outside is pure energy and colorless substance. All the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside human beings." - Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD.

Peace. 

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Monday
Dec172007

Shangri-La Discovered and Exploited...

Greetings,

The linked story on the commercial rape of Zhongdian in northern Yunnan has a direct correlation to the Chinese business profit attitude reality in Tibet.

"...But most of the hotels, the travel agents, the bus companies, and even many of the shops are owned not by Tibetans but by Han Chinese businessmen, residents say.

"I'd say that 65 percent of the profits go to outside businessmen, 10 percent to the government, 20 percent to local businessmen, and less than 10 percent to local villagers," says Zhaxi Duoji, a local hotelier and environmental activist who has plowed profits from his guide business into a charity helping Tibetan children.

This is exactly what the Chinese government and Chinese businessmen have been doing for years in Tibet. Magnify it ten-fold and realize the scope of "development"  for profit and steady erosion of the Tibetan land and culture.

Peace.

 

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Shangri-La

Sunday
Dec162007

Shopping is more dangerous than...

Greetings,

Yes, we have received top secret Intel advice from a source with impeccable credentials confirming that Shopping is More Dangerous than:

Eating
Sleeping
Dreaming
Dancing
Singing
Begging
Laughing
Floating
Breathing
Loving
Living

Peace.

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Tuesday
Dec112007

Do Amazing Things - Take Amazing Risks

Greetings,

As the skydiver who dreamed of flying said, "If you want to do amazing things you have to take amazing risks."

So it goes in the land of Attitude where flags become snarled on lines of nationalistic winds. Hot air sweeps north from the jungles of snow taxis playing solos. Where women do all the work. Their men alternate between racing oil soaked engines, playing bored board games with small round trees or shuffling paper in historical crypts.

Most stand around with hard hands buried in empty pockets waiting for something to happen.

The majority of people here suffer from anxiety. They take anti-depressants to calm their neurosis. Symptoms of overwhelming sadness dresses them in rose petals between self-pity and thorns.

Peace.

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