Tag Archives: archetypes

American Beauty ::: Re-Mastered Re-Viewed

Commercial and artistic triumph Workingman’s Dead established Garcia as the defining voice of the Dead. Don’t take that for granted, as Pigpen’s rave-ups and the more ambiguously authored jams make leadership and the Dead a slippery proposition. But Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter songs WERE Workingman’s Dead, save for Easy Wind. He continued the proliferation of mournful …

The Clown

No matter the Election Day results, the broader cultural malaise, a divided America, will persist. Elections have consequences. But resolving the culture wars is what will bring about a rebirth of American ideals and unity. Let’s play the long game, if just for a moment. One way to grasp our cultural zeitgeist is to look …

Magical Mystery Tour Is The Beatles Best Album

The Beatles were such incredible tunesmiths that it would be specious to assert that they ever put out a bad album, British or US versions notwithstanding.  But Magical Mystery Tour in fact has more of what was great about the Beatles in its grooves than any of their other releases.  It is the only album …

Western Michigan Station WZZM / Channel 13 Recommends “Disruptive Play”

Thank you, WZZM! This is the link > My West Michigan < is a fun, local, daytime TV show that found Disruptive Play a worthy enough hoot to recommend it to readers throughout Western Michigan. This COULD have an impact on our upcoming elections   (cue Goudoud’s Funeral March of a Marionette, theme song from Alfred Hitchcock Presents). …

August, September, BASEBALL!, November, December. Part 1

The Dry Statistics The Yankees eliminated the A’s, only to be vanquished by the Boston Red Sox, who beat the reigning champion Houston Astros. The Astros got there by beating the Cleveland Indians. The Rockies knocked the Cubs out, then lost to the Brewers, who lost to the Dodgers. The Dodgers had eliminated the Atlanta …

Banksy? Banksy? Did somebody say Banksy???

The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.  …Banksy   Play is dangerous. I’m remembering The Fight Club and how the film incorporates some aspects of a play revolution but mixed in with …

Trump as Trickster? Unfair to Trickster!

Whenever folks talk about Tricksters in politics and culture, the conversation often gets around to President Donald Trump, isn’t he a trickster? It was only a matter of time before someone adopted that theme as a Jungian lens, a conceptual template, a handle to attach. Randy Fertel’s piece in The Washington Monthly: This Archetype Explains …

A Disruptive Play Podcast . . . Something’s Coming!

My book, Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture . . . . will be coming out this fall or winter. Play champion Kara Fortier allowed me to cast my pod in her direction and we got to talking about it on her Playgrounding website. The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World with Shepherd …