Time Travel, The Pogo Stick of Philosophy [Part 3]

Take this example for contrast. A woman testifies: I am glad that I own a gun because when that man tried to break into my house, it was that gun that protected me and my baby. It’s hard to dispute this mother’s position and essential role. She is bound in time to this critical, difficult, …

Lost in the Supermarket (a poem with footnotes)

I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily, I came in here for that special offer Guaranteed Personality.*         I encountered this army of oversized shopping carts, War tanks Armored fighting vehicles The more that you add to them The more they subtract from your soul.   While …

Ain’t That Good News???

Sam Cooke sings (Ain’t That) Good News! Well it sure as shootin’ is. Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture has been named a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist         <Book Award>           Just click “Continue Reading”… …or get the full story here!

Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love (Part 3)

So how do power, playfulness, war, and the amoral stance of the Trickster intersect? Western civilization, in its drive to build empire, needed a morality of absolutes. If I want my army to kill the soldiers in your army, I must make a convincing argument that my army represents good, and yours, evil. So my …

Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love (Part 2)

Let us adopt the childlike belief in the antidotal properties of original play. That to be playful means not taking power seriously. When such disruptive play reaches critical mass, power collapses and leaves us swimming about in the amoral waters of the Trickster. Those who have successfully retained their childlike playfulness, who have resisted power—personally, spiritually, …

Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love (Part 1)

Power is a game. A game with predetermined losers. While survival and sustenance require some exercise of it, in the wake of overextended power are the injuries of dominance, invasive commerce, control, manipulation and violence. Such wanton, chaotic conflicts and struggles obscure, impede and thwart access to that state of being that precedes power: the …

Disruptive Play Review

Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture Book review by Mike Rotkin, PhD Shepherd Siegel is a Banana Slug (UC Santa Cruz) alumnus. His new book, Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture, is a must read for anyone who thinks we need to build a movement that goes beyond challenging this or …

Get Hip to the Hot! Hot Club of San Francisco, that is . . .

Whether you are new to the Hot Club of San Francisco or a longtime fan (or even a longtime fan who already has many of their 14 previous CDs) . . . 30 Years is a worthy addition and pretty much a must-have album. For the person just at the gateway of gypsy jazz and …