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

Emotional Pain Body

Emotional Pain Body

Eckert Tolle is the new New Age Course in Miracles. His enlightened POV finds perfect expression in his voice timbre, casual yet precise delivery of ideas, and presentation of one of the most useful terms for practical personal salvation– and if you don’t like these words, then choose others that work for you.   “It’s the Emotional Pain Body.”   There is little doubt that Tolle is an authentic speaker for hope in the human condition, nor for the most … Continue reading

Critical Balance

Reza Abdoh/ quotations from a ruined city

From Reza Abdoh, A Johns Hopkins book by Daniel Mufson, 1999 UPDATE: New Daniel Mufson Interview in print– Imprisoned Airs, BIDOUN–Art & Culture from the Middle East, Summer 2012.  Features Two Photos by Jan Deen of Reza Abdoh   “The recession is as nothing compared to the regression.   The athleticism of American capitalism will no doubt rescue us from the catastrophes of the S&L scandals, the unemployment, and the general lurch towards lower standards of living.  But from the regression, … Continue reading

Vampyr Dancing

Count Ansara

  Lest the 1932 German film by Carl Theodor Dreyer recede deeper into our collective fogged memory as we replace the brilliant achievements of atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery and dreamlike terror with more special effects, let us indulge in a moment of nostalgia.  Before we are swept away by more teen romances among athletic bodies in flying combat having cooler car crashes,  their characters’ personalities morphing into mere misunderstood cliche kids who would be good if they only could,  to a place where even Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

Dystopian Race for Armageddon

  If the human species survives and there exists an idea called History, this era in which we live will be known as The Age of Waste.  A population mostly unaware of the true specifics of collective psychosis turns to irrelevant solutions in its expressions of fear and discontent while mass communications tend to the unreality industry as usual or blame the world’s economy. The dangers foreseen by sci fi visionaries, like those of horror and fantasy writers, were once dismissed themes in genres of early twentieth century … Continue reading

Art isThe Occult

Tecal 1978

Ouspensky, in his book Tertium Organum, A Key to the Enigmas of The World, may allow us to begin toward creating a more relevant foundation for discussion than any number of my attempts to describe a post modern esthetics, hip structuralism or clever phenomenology could usefully provide.  He simply states: “The truth is that this earth is the scene of a drama of which we only perceive scattered portions, and in which the greater number of the actors are invisible to … Continue reading