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Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse

Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse

[originally published in: Dark Mountain Issue 11 (Spring 2017)] TWELVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN APOCALYPSE   I did the math I did the math. But I wish I hadn’t. It was right after Hurricane Sandy. Over a week-long binge I read everything I could find. I work downtown, you see. And they’d lost power, but uptown...
I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.

I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.

An excerpt was published in Dark Mountain 11, under the title “Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse.” Now, I’m trying to get the rest of the book done before any of them actually find it… I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.      “An...
The Church of Skeptical Mysticism and Compassionate Nihilism

The Church of Skeptical Mysticism and Compassionate Nihilism

Mystical Gatherings Some readers have been so taken with The Book of Daily Afflictions, that they have begun to create their own spiritual circles, centered around the book’s message and teachings. In living rooms and rented halls across America, like-minded folks have been coming together in self-organized gatherings under various names, among them: the Church...
Hopelessness can change the world

Hopelessness can change the world

Hopelessness can change the world We are all incurables. —Archbishop Oscar Romero (when asked why he was attending to the sick at a hospital for incurables) When you look around you, it is easy to feel hopeless.  Things always seem to be getting worse, not better.  Even those of us still working for a better tomorrow...
Being in it for yourself

Being in it for yourself

Being in it for yourself I don’t do this work to change the world, I do it so the world doesn’t change me. —A. J. Muste Sometimes when you’re involved in an idealistic crusade, you get wrapped up in your cause and lose perspective.  If this happens, it’s important to step back to better understand...
The Inner Bigot

The Inner Bigot

The inner bigot We contain the other, hopelessly and forever. —James Baldwin We live in a society scarred by hatred and misunderstanding.  You look out at this world and figure that because you’re not a church-burner, gay-basher, or with the LAPD, you’re not a bigot.  But inside each of us is an inner bigot waiting...
Sermon: "Can hopelessness change the world?"

Sermon: “Can hopelessness change the world?”

[Sermon delivered by Brother Void during convenings of the Church of Skeptical Mysticism and Compassionate Nihilism, national tour, 2002-3] [SPEAK, DON’T READ] Tonight my sermon is on politics, specifically the dark inner world of the political activist, the poisoned thoughts and feelings seething in the hearts of those working to make the world a better...
Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It

Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It

[originally published in: Yes Magazine, Issue 66, Summer 2013] We can’t create a better world if we haven’t yet imagined it. How much better then, if we are able to touch such a world, experience it directly, even live in it—if only to a partial degree and for a brief moment. This is the idea...
BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: A Toolbox for Revolution

BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: A Toolbox for Revolution

Puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of troublemakers. Use it to instigate anything from a flashmob to a revolution.
Koch-Blocked

Koch-Blocked

Oil barons David and Charles Koch are America’s new Public Enemy #1. Whether they’re supporting Governor Walker’s union-busting efforts, wining and dining Scalia and Thomas at secret meetings with right-wing billionaires, or funding climate change denial, Koch Brother influence and money are on the wrong side of almost everything progressives are fighting for in America....
US Uncut

US Uncut

Taking a page from the successful UK Uncut campaign, US Uncut flips the script on the current austerity mania by taking grassroots direct action at the offices and storefronts of corporate tax dodgers like Bank of America, Verizon, GE and Apple. By demanding “No more cuts until corporate tax cheats pay up,” and shifting the...
Daily Afflictions: Index

Daily Afflictions: Index

abyss 91    diving into 78    gazing into xix acid    bad tabs of 100 affliction xiii, xix, 91, 95    sufficiently severe xv    the right one xv agony xix, 37, 89, 100 anguish 13, 42 annihilation xxiv, 82, 89 anxiety    essential condition of 14 apathy 91 apocalypse xxvii, 57 bad trip 65 bitch    drunken, moody son-of-a 9...