New Yorkers have lots of party possibilities this weekend. There's CoSM’s 3-year anniversary, full moon and autumn equinox celebrations, Psytrance Dance festivities, Yom Kippur, birthday bashes and more.
The Gnostics were sophisticated seers who belonged to a millennial pagan tradition that was brutally suppressed at the rise of Christianity. Can looking back at what such mystics thought in a bygone time and setting offer a viable spiritual orientation for our time? Why we are so compelled to delve into what the Gnostics thought?
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, where I went to high school and where my parents still live, it was impossible to get a clear picture of what was happening from the news media. They depicted full societal breakdown, the war of all against all. But while mayhem and fear certainly existed, so did an amazing collective will towards cooperation. Whether guild or labor union, religious or ethnic society, producer or consumer cooperative, these are the people's bastions of power.
[Daemonic Dispatches] • "He prays for it, and so he gets it." No, that isn't a line from The Secret. It's a line from Henry Thoreau, just nine words of the over six million he penned in his extraordinary journal. In many ways those nine words encompass Thoreau's central thought and discovery. Despite his distaste for fortune-finding, Thoreau had an uncanny aptitude for discovering treasure.
What are we doing to prepare for life after 2012?
A new Internet-only documentary called Zeitgeist is making major waves, with elaborate conspiracy theories that link Christianity, 9/11, and the Federal Reserve. While far-fetched and often misleading, this movie succeeds in capturing the "spirit of the time" – a culture where truth and reality are no longer absolutes, but products of our own imagination.
Digital Africa is here, and has been here for a while. The "Ghost World" mix is all about the multiple rhythms and languages of Africa, but it makes no attempt to give you everything – it's from my record collection. That's why the "story" of the mix is about: polyrhythm, multiplex reality. There's more current material, like the Kuduru sounds of Luanda (who says Techno doesn't exist in Africa!?) and old school hip hop like Zimbabwe Legit from the early 90's of classic "conscious" school hip hop. Yes there's material from Akon, but he gets mixed with Nelson Mandela, or MC Solaar. Listen to it here!
A few minutes into the film's violent, gut-wrenching opening sequence, a woman near us left, murmuring, "I can't look at this. It's too scary." Why, I wondered, are the rest of us staying? Maybe apocalyptic films provide a socially acceptable way to consider the near-inevitable disasters on our horizon.
Since last fall, swarms of honeybees have mysteriously disappeared in a global epidemic. Bird deaths are also on the rise, with unusual die-offs appearing across the planet. In both cases, scientists are struggling to find answers. Is Mother Nature trying to tell us something?
When I think of Kehinde Wiley's paintings, a couple of affiliated effects come to mind. In his work we look at history juxtaposed with a really unstable relationship to realism. But I don't want to start an essay with quotations from history – after all, that's what Kehinde Wiley's paintings are already doing. The essential issue at hand is to give some context to portraiture, hip hop visuality, sampling, collage, and quotation. I want to unpack some of the issues that Wiley engages in his work.