Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Behold, the SoCEOpath

I did not originate the term "ammosexual," sadly. And it was Philip Martin who came up with the ultimate 21st century mass entertainment term "assassitute." But I nearby lay claim to the term "soCEOpath" (tm).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Consider the Tree

Consider the tree outside the door. Although it serves as a resting place for birds, it doesn't make an effort to call those that come. Nor does it care whether those that leave return. When a person's mind is like the tree's, they no longer oppose the Tao [the Way].
— Lung-ya

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Strange Doctors: Droom and Doom

Before Dr. Doom, there was Dr. Droom, a Stan Lee-Jack Kirby creation from 1961 who was really kind of a trial run for Marvel Comics’ Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange.
Dr. Strange was a selfish bastard doctor who travels to Tibet seeking a cure. Dr. Droom was a selfless doctor who travels to Tibet to administer a cure. Both gain mystical powers there — Dr. Droom through the weird and no longer politically correct avenue of magically becoming Asian.
Dr. Droom was arguably the first Marvel superhero of the 1960s, preceding the ground-breaking “Fantastic Four” title (Droom debuted in June 1961 in “Amazing Adventures,” four months ahead of the FF).
Droom was revived in the 1970s in “The Incredible Hulk,” but renamed “Dr. Druid” to avoid confusion with the Fantastic Four’s infamous archenemy Dr. Doom.
A weird character that attracted weird coincidences, Dr. Droom's unlikely name nearly made it into the comics 20 years before attached to yet another super-sorcerer. DC Comics writer Gardner Fox had originally intended to call his 1940s magician Dr. Fate by that name. It seems we were fated to find a Droom (a Dutch word meaning "dream," by the way).
Dr. Droom strives to save a man's life, unaware that he's being tested for his worthiness to be a super-hero.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ferguson, Not Tinanamen

Public servants have become rulers precisely to the degree that what used to be called “citizens” have become mere “consumers.”
We have conflicting goals in Ferguson, Mo. One side wants to determine, publicly and with certainty, how and why an unarmed man was shot six times by a police officer. The other side just wants the protests to stop.

Crows in a Strong Wind

Painting by Sophy White

By Cornelius Eady

Off go the crows from the roof.
The crows can’t hold on.
They might as well
Be perched on an oil slick.

Such an awkward dance,
These gentlemen
In their spottled-black coats.
Such a tipsy dance,

As if they didn’t know where they were.
Such a humorous dance,
As they try to set things right,
As the wind reduces them.

Such a sorrowful dance.
How embarrassing is love
When it goes wrong

In front of everyone.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fairly Unbalanced

My friend Michael Varela nailed the Ferguson reaction: "For conservatives who still don't understand why people are upset about Mike Brown, imagine he was a homophobe who lost his reality show."

My Kind of Kitten