Retro-futurist Nostalgia

Aztec Jan 1978

Update Nov. 2014 on excerpt from An Interview with Bill George Bill George entered hospital with pneumonia a year ago and has not been heard from since.  jd December, 2012     Actually Bill, I think what we are talking about today is some form of Nostalgia for RetroFuturism. something closer to  a naive simple scare.   Why simple?  We had Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. Stardom had meaning in a pre-Warhol context and viewers did not idolize mere unthinking unwatchables. … Continue reading

Children of The Horror

Jan at 50 in Sherman Oaks studio

  My generation, spawned in abundance from postwar industry, yet in the shadow of a secret dark done deal with The “defeated enemy of human kind”– in the name of science, was the first modern generation to be nurtured by larger than life images of The Horror.   For some of us,the word itself evokes a bald Brando-face and voice reciting  T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men  telling us we must make friends with the horror enshrined in Coppola’s Apocalypse … Continue reading

End of War

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     “The mistake is that the concept “serious” is taken conditionally.  One thing is serious for one man and another thing for another man.  In reality seriousness is one of the concepts which can never and under no circumstances be taken conditionally.  Only one thing is serious for all people at all times.   “If a man could understand all the hor ror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning round in a circle of insignificant interests and … Continue reading

Evolutionary Phenomenology

Aztec observatory

From C. H. Hinton, quoted from Tertium Organum by P.D. Ouspensky:   By the same process by which we know about the existence of other men around us, we may know of the high intelligences by whom we are surrounded.  We feel them but we do not realize them.  The power of seeing with our bodily eye is limited to the three-dimensional section.  But the inner eye is not thus limited, we can organize our power of seeing in higher … Continue reading

On Normal Street

Normal Street

The whole life of each of us, our efforts at accumulating riches or power, is the building of a Tower of Babel, because it must end in catastrophe,namely, in death, which is the fate of everything that cannot pass to a new plane of being.   It is a normal day on Normal Street.   The blind unconscious masses struggle with the manifestation of the evolutionary spirit, annihilate or stifle it, and most often destroy what has been created by … Continue reading

Abstract Fatigue

Edward Dorn-poet

Then there was an interlude in which the brawl before our indented eyes went on. Auto-destruction he breathed and I in that time was suspended   Edward Dorn, poet, from Gunslinger , 1968 . . .you musn’t slap my Gunslinger on the back in such an off hand manner I think the sun, the moon and some of the stars are kept in their tracks by this Person’s equilibrium or at least I sense some effect on the perigee and appogee of … Continue reading

Queen of The Disco

Donna Summer with Jan/ disco days

Donna Summer sings with the Angels– I photographed her live show early in the Disco era for Neil Bogart of Casablanca Records, choreographed by Michael Peters.  Her Love to Love you, Baby was given a Platinum Album Award at this champagne celebration, photo copyright JD-1975.  She would later receive 5 Grammys with back to back hits second only to Madonna.

Phototheatre

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Jan Deen presents his Waiver Wake Phototheatre collection at Los Angeles Photography Center (1989 photo by Heather), sharing the venue with Goethe Institute’s German Women in Photography.        A small number of loyal friends remain to remind Jan that it is time for him to write some sort of memoir.  A reasonable request,  considering the number of talented and unusual people he has known, ”rubbing elbows with the great” in younger days.  He recalls asking a similar question of reviewers and critics he met in his twenties,” … Continue reading

Transylvania Twist

Vlad on Hollywood stage

SEEMS HE WAS TROUBLED BY JUST ONE THING: HE OPENED HIS COFFIN AND SHOOK HIS FIST SAYING “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY TRANSYLVANIA TWIST?”   ITS NOW THE MONSTER MASH.   AND IT’S A GLOBAL SMASH.   (Bobby “Boris” Pickett 1962)       Living in Transylvania, Romania, it is curious to note the distinctions made by Folk between Tyrants and Saviors.  They keep building “ new” churches reminescent of ancient rituals and there are many who look back nostalgically to the Ceausescu era– thinking … Continue reading

God, Guns n’ Gas

icons in Mexico

  Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’Roll : A motto from an antique era once viewed as wicked, but today seems mere polite party conversation.  The phrase elicited witty remarks as response, cheers or frowns of disdain, and ultimately indicated with what side of the Great Divide you identified.   Some of us thought American Culture was best served as a T Shirt and a Bumper Sticker.   We liked our messages short and sweet in the good ol’ You Essay.  We learned that from the boys on Madison Avenue.   They gave us a … Continue reading