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Mongrel Patriot Review: Jean Smith

Fiercely independent, consistently evolving creatively, always challenging assumptions, hers and our own, it’s no exaggeration to say Jean Smith has influenced generations of musicians with her band with David Lester, literary rock duo Mecca Normal.  Still going strong, Mecca Normal began in Vancouver, B.C. in 1984.  Jean had a zine called Smarten Up! They played … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Suzanne Clores and The Extraordinary Project

Extraordinary experiences, we all have them, yet we’re bombarded daily with catastrophe and trauma, as if nothing extraordinary ever happens on planet Earth.  Why do we have this blind spot?  Why haven’t we studied the human experience of the extraordinary? What is synchronicity?  When I was a zine writer I delighted in the way when … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Nitebob

Rock music has become something very different from what it originally was.  The caricature of rock created by the media is about dumb, over-sexed, probably older guys making asses out of themselves for fun and profit.  Their ex-wives star on reality TV shows.  Anybody with a whiff of charisma and strong audience response, whatever their … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Marianne Williamson

Author of four New York Times #1 bestsellers, you may have seen Marianne Williamson on shows like Oprah, Charlie Rose, Larry King, and Good Morning America. Newsweek’s 2006 poll named her among the fifty most influential baby boomers. Her name had earned a status equal with western and eastern esoteric traditions when Time magazine wrote: … Continue reading

Annual Riot Grrrl Memoir

Night club poster, Shanghai, China, 2010 At least once a year I’m asked by a high school or college student or by the people that teach them to reminisce or answer questions about riot grrrl.  But this year is different.  Last year Pussy Riot brought riot grrrl back into the news as hipsters and journalists … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: DJ Turner and The Spark Documentary

On May 11th, 2013, in the middle of rural Missouri, The Spark documentary team will build a tractor from start to finish to donate to Our School at Blair Grocery in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans.  Right now they are raising money toward the goal of 13,500.00, which covers the construction and transportation … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Filmmaker, Artist and Writer Nick Zedd

“Nick Zedd’s films are legendary – he is a truly seminal figure in the New York underground.” – Jim Jarmusch With Jim Jarmusch and John Waters as fans, Nick Zedd’s place in the history of underground cinema is certain.  Anyone who appreciates what Jarmusch calls “the rough underside of our overly-processed culture” already knows the … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Priya Mohan and The Convergence Network Core Council: At the Cutting Edge of Intentional Community

Imagine a world where abandoned McMansions become sustainable intentional communities where people, by sharing their resources, skills, and work, and renting rooms to like minded but more temporary guests, find not only congenial social lives but the time to work on art, music, inventions, writing, film, whatever dreams drive them. Amid the universal lament about … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Raw and Superfood Expert Kate Magic

Kate Magic with King Zachary cake Every New Year’s Eve, the self-proclaimed “word gurus” at Lake Superior State University release their 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for “Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.”  In 2012 “superfood” was on the list!  Well, superfood was new to me.  I spent the … Continue reading

Mongrel Patriot Review: Year End Round Up

Editor’s Note: Our trusted Mongrel Patriot spent a great 2012 interviewing notable people our readers truly care about while also turning us on to some bright new minds on the socio, political and cultural scenes. Here is a first-hand account from each of her subjects, filling us in on their activities, thoughts and whereabouts since … Continue reading