A Divine Invasion

(Written for my friend Gea’s Bollywood zine before her collaborator jumped ship. Image above borrowed from Leif Jones, one of my favorite illustrators ever—check him here.) 1. Consider the fall of America as a Bollywood routine. Egos tip like dominoes. Blood money runs out. Methamphetamine zombies wander the wastes in packs, huddle up from the … Continue reading

Sutras for Satyrs

Hymn to Shiva It’s good to have a point To reference yourself by It’s good to have a light To see yourself by It’s good to have an infinity To be finite by It’s good to have a friend To get outstoned by It’s good to have a lover To be outloved by It’s good … Continue reading

I Am a Mechanical Man: Robocops and Robowars

Peter Weller as Robocop, 1987. Some movies ought to be left alone. Not because they’re no longer relevant — but because they’re too relevant. José Padiliha’s planned 2013 reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 masterwork Robocop is one such transgression of cinematic and historical decency. In 1987, Robocop was science fiction; now, it’s the nightly news. One wonders … Continue reading

California Screaming: Los Angeles’ Culty Weirdness

Jack Parsons

(Another rescue from the Dangerous Minds archive, originally published Nov. 19, 2009.) Los Angeles is the strangest city in the world. I swear it as a true and faithful relation. Every cult in the world has an outpost in Los Angeles. I suppose it’s always been that way. Paramhansa Yogananda once called Los Angeles the … Continue reading

James Dallas Egbert III: The Dungeon Master

Dungeon Master

(Originally appeared on Dangerous Minds; re-printed here to save it from formatting mayhem.) When I was about 14, I discovered a copy of The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III in the local library used-book bin. Noting that it had something to do with Dungeons and Dragons (don’t act smug!), and also … Continue reading

Two Essays on Yoga

Essays on Yoga

JAI GURU GORAKH! (These two essays on traditional yoga were originally written for a mass audience and use a very basic, friendly writing style to convey straightforward information.) THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA Yoga is an ancient spiritual technology, with a precise series of steps and methodologies – and it doesn’t have much to do … Continue reading

Arthur Magazine: An Appreciation

Arthur Magazine

In Memoriam: Arthur Magazine 2002-2011 (Written for the upcoming issue of SWOON.) I suspect that nobody except those who consciously lived through them will fully understand the deep psychological scarring of the Bush Jr. years. Here we were, fresh into the world, riding high on the utopian promises of the 1990s, only to be spat … Continue reading

Hail to the Broken-Tusked Elephant Lord

Ganesh Big

HYMN TO GANESH One-tusked alabaster god Sat in resplendent fury In the halls of the mind Eternal incense smoldering Pre-cyclopean and justified I called you and you answered You who wrote my bedtime story Have rewritten it again and again Each time I fall asleep And then awaken Destroy the monsters under the bed Destroy … Continue reading