Startling Sleepwalkers, On the Prospects of Waking Them from Their Nightmares.


The New York Times article on Paul Kingsnorth and Dark Mountain. I'm left with a feeling that – if my response were to be reported in The New York Times – the headline would read, "Petulant Doomer Disappointed at Being Misunderstood!" As calm as this story is, its passive aggressive antibodies hidden from view by… Continue reading Startling Sleepwalkers, On the Prospects of Waking Them from Their Nightmares.

Dark Mountain 2


The Dark Mountain 2 anthology is out! Follow the link to the announcement on their site. I'm deeply honored to have a chapter from my novel, Something for Nothing included along with this incredible list of poets, writers, and thinkers. Naomi Klein, David Abram, Vinay Gupta, Paul Kingsnorth, Glyn Hughes, Luanne Armstrong, Charles Hugh Smith,… Continue reading Dark Mountain 2

The World, or the world…


I've attempted to carve out distinctions and definitions on a regular basis here. Then I've backslid and muddied the waters again and again by letting ambiguity and habit blur these distinctions. Maintaining a vocabulary requires the patience of an archeologist, wiping away the dust of the millennia as a current erupting volcano sifts down a… Continue reading The World, or the world…

Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art


I've created a new site for my painting. I've cross-posted a series of essays from this site to introduce to readers/viewers there. Now this post goes in the opposite direction. 'There's a dimension that we don't understand." In Stephens' & Swan's biography, deKooning, (Milton) Resnick said, "There's a dimension that we don't understand. In other… Continue reading Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art

“Movement” toward Dialogue


Along with other actions in which we allow a switch from striving-to-become to simply manifesting an experience of Being, this form of dialogue nurtures the conditions that help us get out of the illusions of Ego and the habits of our brains. Beyond that, it is a fulfillment of our interconnectedness and a refusal to treat the "other" as a commodity, or a means to an end.

This time it’s global!


Chris Hedges latest essay, This time We're Taking the Whole Planet with Us! is as concise and clear and exposition of our predicament as you'll find out there. Two things stand out. They give and then take it away. In his narrative, they take away and then try to give. I've brought up this same… Continue reading This time it’s global!

Digested by the Spectacle


Once again violence breaks the surface in a way that brings it home even to those of us far removed from the incident. The shootings in Tuscon have joined the list of assassinations that have punctuated my life time. In all that time I can think of only two "Right Wing" victims, – George Wallace… Continue reading Digested by the Spectacle

The Search for Hope without Control


"The Search for Hope without Control" The title of this post is a quote from the most recent entry on the Dark Mountain Project's Blog. Dougald Hine's conversation with David Abram is a treat to watch and a treasure trove of insight. You'll have to see the video to find out which one of them… Continue reading The Search for Hope without Control

Happy Christmas!


It's so easy to go tactical. The bad guys raise fees, or start a war, or maintain an increasingly oppressive oligarchic state hell-bent on ecocidal destruction. So in response we decry their deeds and we protest and we get Kettled for our troubles or marched off to Camp Freedom somewhere.

Uncivilization and Uncertainty, a cross post from Fine Lines


Uncivilization, the byword of the Dark Mountain Project, is a great "Dumbwaiter Speech," that pared down "Elevator Speech" distilled to a single word. Scaled up to a sentence we have, "What do we do when we stop pretending?" This hits the point precisely. We face this question as individuals and within the various affiliations we… Continue reading Uncivilization and Uncertainty, a cross post from Fine Lines