“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris


Friday, February 23, 2024

Well that was great. Great, I tell you

 I'm about to get the shuttle to the airport in Syracuse NY after giving a lecture to about five hundred people at the Art Museum on the occasion of the opening of Assembly, a wonderful exhibition curated by Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris. They've produced a gorgeous book too, for which I'll be writing an essay. Thank you everyone! I road tested some Hell and it seemed to work really well. 

There are some very key neurological ideas, one very simple and another intriguing and deep, which line up with religion so beautifully. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Sunday, February 11, 2024

HEL/L/OVE

 Avantgarden club, Houston, April 18. Hell launch party. Devilish DJs and libations. Be there. 



Saturday, February 10, 2024

I Talk Theology for a Course on Contemporary Spirituality (interview)

 Big News: There is a huge resurgence of interest in Christianity in the UK in Green circles and I just accidentally wrote a book for you. I talk about all this and more: 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

"Natural" and "organic" Now Deployed by the Ultra-Right

 ...once again proving a central argument of this, which made a case for "ecocriticism" as fascism lite:




Examples? Read this about the Taylor Swift panic. They're right to panic or course. Here is a white woman who doesn't suck, a white woman in an all-American girl embrace with a football star. Reminds you that their fascism is a dead end. I wondered why the previous president referred to the rabid supporters in New Hampshire as "organic." 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

An Extract from Hell

 Intimate distance can never be spoken as well as this: I have a dream. Right here and now, one can sense the affective power, the surging sonority, the outrageous poetry, of I have a dream. This is the fullness of I am alive

If we can find magic in the default, mundane sense of “dream,” how much easier will it be to understand the visionary sense in which Martin Luther King says I have a dream?

Dreaming is what brains do by default, in sleep. Sleep is the ground state of being alive, just as being alive is the ground state of dancing, just as dancing is the ground state of drama… 

King declares: "I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Ultimately, that vision is about how simply alive beings can just be, without being targets or weapons; without being arrows. 

To be able to sleep in public, literally, without being punished in deed and thought and word; just to be alive, in the most relaxed and vulnerable sense; just to be rippling, palpitating, dreaming. Arrows of desire don’t point at all. 

Hell: Towards a Christian Ecology


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Jesus He Knows Them

 The post Gabriel redo of the Carpet Crawlers vibe is also stunning. 

People like me must talk to white evangelicals about Jesus. Now. 


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

I Talk about Genesis in Hell (that Genesis, as well as that one)

 Give this version a chance. I know, I know, it doesn't have Hackett. But it has...magic. I hadn't seen the video until just a few minutes ago. I wrote about this song in Hell, and it's uncanny how the video is exactly what I wrote. There are some crazy amazing things about the Hipgnosis image too, on the sleeve, which I also discuss. It's as if the sleeve, as well as the song, is embodying some of the deepest ideas in the book. 



Sunday, January 14, 2024

I'm Loving Sharing These New New Classes with You

 Head over to Soundcloud. 


I'm Proofreading Hell

 ...with three others. It arrived at lunchtime on Friday. Since then I've read about three hundred pages' worth of Blake quotations...they're the most pressing task, because over time a few errors crept in. It's easy to do with Blake, whose punctuation is notoriously fiddly...I think at least sometimes deliberately so: there's a feel of fake-logical punctuation in his brilliant parody of Descartes, "The Fly," for instance. 

It's a beautiful book. Beautiful, I tell you! The most beautiful book I've ever made, no really it is. It's much fatter than normal, although quite a lot shorter than normal--the print is gorgeous and generous with big wide margins. It's full color, on every page. The illustrations...it's mindblowingly lovely. 


Friday, January 12, 2024

This DJ Set Interview Is Sublime

 Two years ago, I was in Paris promoting some of my books and I popped into Rinse France to do this interview with Edouard Isar, who span some of my favorite music. It was so incredibly good. 


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Eyes Get Wet in Dry January

 

Plus Plus Plus

 ...I'm finally uploading a LOT of my music too. 

Big Big News

 I'm uploading my classes, again! After over ten years of refraining from doing so, I'm going to be uploading a whole new course in literary criticism. Head over to Soundcloud. I'll link to the courses in the "Classes" part of this blog too. 

You'll want to check these out. I think my teaching got better, but that's for you to judge. And what I teach has shifted and changed and developed. For example, you'll be bearing my theory of drama that I'm now publishing with Columbia. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024