I’m at an amazing writer’s retreat in the Yucatan peninsula and am enjoying ocean, glimpses of jungle, the inspiration and companionship of my fellow writers here and at directed, structured and luxurious work space and work time. So, my novel is coming along very well and quickly. I am grateful for this marvelous opportunity.
That’s the personal news.
On the political front I’m upset to read about the possibility of the pyramids being destroyed. From Commentary here: Islamists calling for pyramids’ destruction
And, while that destruction is only in the first phase of distressed imagining, in Mali, radical Islamists are tearing down Sufi shrines, here: Sufi Shrines in Mali Destroyed
Not sure when people in this country will wake up to the vast and horrid destruction that this particular brand of Islam (Radical Islam) is bringing to the entire world, including the Islamic world, but I do hope – it is soon.
While we’re on the subject of marriage, here’s the late Rowland Howard with his band These Immortal Souls – the song, “Marry Me – (Lie! Lie!). This performance was not long before Howard died of liver cancer at the end of 2009. Amazing artist, beautiful soul and a great loss.
Lydia Lunch — always reminds me of what’s important- art, intensity, vision, risk and a tincture of mayhem. Here, she talks about her influences and what drives her art. From the description – “New York-born Lydia Lunch is a singer, poet, writer, actor, visual artist, and the fourth subject of our Sound & Vision series. From signaling the end of Punk with her first band, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, to presenting art installations as a reaction to Tracey Emin I want you to smell the blood on the sheets Lunchs work is provocative to say the least. In this film, featuring excerpts from her live performances, she talks about how Goya and Marcel Duchamp are amongst her favourite artists”
I love this woman’s work and have been following her since the beginning there is really no one quite like her. She is uncompromising, confrontational and sexy as mayhem in a dream. Oh yea, and I’ve met her, and she’s really nice to boot!