This category contains 38 posts

NewLiteratureLab: Payroll Deposit in the Free World

Always one day before the end of the month, the welfare office deposits 1173 dollars into the bank account of Konstantin. Another payment of 526 dollars, ‘child benefit’ as it is called, is paid on the 20th of each month, Canadian dollars of course. So after paying rent (just increased to $914), telephone, cable, credit … Continue reading

A Poet’s Progress: The Lotus Temple and Leaving India

The Lotus Temple in New Delhi (for Kristina, who insisted that I visit) While we wait in the temple courtyard, we are welcomed, first in Farsi, then in English. We will enter the Temple while the previous group is exiting through the front of the temple. It is important to move quickly because the faster … Continue reading

The Red Harlot of Liberty: The Rise and Fall of Frances Wright

The first female in America to address mixed crowds at a public event, Frances Wright was one of the first American feminists, and female abolitionists, a champion of worker’s rights, and a sharp critic of religious institutions.  Frances was the first American to write eloquently of sexual passion as a wonderful pleasure, not a sinful … Continue reading

ARCHIVES: The Golden Age of Rock Activism

(This article by Ronnie Pontiac was originally published in the February/March 2004 issue of Newtopia Magazine) From Akhenaton, that granddaddy of all activist poets, through the ancient Greek legend of the murdered reformer and musician Orpheus, to the secret musical codes of Sufis and troubadours, throughout history poets have helped rally humanity to the cause … Continue reading

How Women Changed Buddhism in China

A lot of religious fundamentalists insist that all social traditions that prevailed in the time and place where their religion was born are essential to the religion itself. The family values and sexual roles from the respective holy lands must be imported into new lands, and must never be allowed to evolve. So I feel … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: The Master, 2012

The Master, 2012 Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Writer:  Paul Thomas Anderson Original Music By: Jonny Greenwood Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams At first, I thought The Master was going to be a story about a man returned from war who, drowning in the terror of his own soul, becomes thwarted in his … Continue reading

A Poet’s Progress: Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg: The Object Is to See Clearly

July 1996, Boulder, Colorado. After Allen’s last class that summer, Kai Sibley, the photographer, surprised me by saying “Let’s get a photo of you together,” and Allen said, “Of course” and grabbed my hand to bring us closer—so we’re holding hands in this photograph of the last time we’d be together.” Introduction On its first … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: The Wind Will Carry Us, 1999

The Wind Will Carry Us, 1999 Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Starring Behzad Dorani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Truly one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Despite taking place in a barren area of Iran, the gorgeous cinematography of The Wind Will Carry Us transforms its audience from simple movie viewers to … Continue reading

ARCHIVES: Into the Great Wide Open

(This article by Charles Shaw was originally published in the July 2002 issue of Newtopia Magazine) The uncertain future and undeniable significance of skyscrapers in our culture It was New Year’s Eve. I was sitting against the window on the west side of the signature room on the 96th floor of the John Hancock center … Continue reading

Tools of Transformation: Tools for Healthy Loving Relationships Part 4

               Part 4: Frames of Reference-Exploring our Differences (Valerie Pierce: Copyright 2011) “When we are born our peephole opens. When we die our peephole closes.” Kurt Vonnegut (Valerie Pierce: Copyright 2011) At the end of my last chapter, I talked about exploring the role the ego plays in thwarting … Continue reading