There are also a few waking-world pieces on language--mainly on animal language. Since talking animals have been so long relegated to the province of dreams, I thought, now that more facts are in, it's only fair to show that dreams were years ahead of the scientific mainstream.
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|ANIMAL SPEECH, ANIMAL ESP: by Wayan; 1997/7/31, from Wayan's journal.
When you really observe animals in language programs it's obvious WE'RE the ones missing a lot...
|BEATING UNCLE FESTER, or, ACHIEVING BILUMIA: by Wayan; 2013/3/31, a telepathic wish-granting dream. A stupid telepathic wish-granting dream.
I screw the lightbulbs in my ears again, and this time, they stay. I sit down at the piano, and as I play...
|CHE FANNO GLI INGLESI?: by William Archer; 1917/7/30, a senseless dream.
To help the King of Italy, I become a baker in Baluchistan--learning Norwegian, levitating, meeting quaggas, riding landslides...
|CIDER AND WINE: by Wayan; 1974/10/24, surreal Aspie character study (undream)
As the humans of my writing class meet in this Victorian home I turn off my filters and describe what I really see around me...
|DEAF TO MY SIGNS: by Wayan; 1997/6/17, a wise frustration dreamtale.
Watching a slideshow, in a room of deaf women, I find no one can hear me in either English or Sign...
|DEVANGELS: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a numinous but ambivalent dream
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of powerful yet obedient devil-angels; quiet for now, but I fear they'll decide shamans like me are abominations...
CAUTION: ANGELS? GOLEMS? DEVILS?
|DISTRACTUS: by Wayan, 2004/5/5, a comic sexy diagnostic dream... that baffled me.
Sex in a meadow... but we get distracted by a parade of protesters. By politics. Then a friend warns me of a disease, Coitus Distractus...
CAUTION: (DISTRACTED) SEX
|ELF ETYMOLOGY: by Wayan; 1997/7/14, a linguistic postmodern dream.
We escape the trolls, but then our author, Tolkien, breaks in to explain a word, and the rest of the night...
|ERODE THE MUTING CURSE: by Wayan, 2014/8/23, a dream of... health advice?
The Fairy Queen curses me, taking away my language. Recovery often takes years, but I practice hard, and speak full sentences--the next day. The Queen is slipping...
|GERRYMANDERING DESIRE: by Wayan; 1994/1/20, a modest sexual orientation proposal
The two commonest sexual orientations have no names, or even concepts! Yet they're obvious, once...
CAUTION: THE TRUTH THAT DARE NOT BE TOLD
|GOD DRESSED YE, MARE: by Wayan; a Christmas carol misheard 1968/12/25 & drawn 2008/6/28 ; surreal comix
At 15 I misheard God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen and liked my version better. "Lit muffin, rude Esmé"...
|THE GRIFFINS' LESSON: by Wayan, 2018/6/1, a pair of predictive dreamlets
First I live through two teens' nightmares, then "wake" with them to find they were drugged and put naked in a bed... by a third party! Why?
Then I'm with a wagon-crew that's mostly cheerful, flirtatious griffins and talking horses, pulling a cart made of... grammar?
A week later, I watch some TV and see echoes of both dreams on screen!
CAUTION: CREEPY, THEN SAPPY, THEN FREAKY
|I DREAM OF DERIVERRANS: by Wayan; 1982/11/16, a Joycean dream of surrender.
I must rescue Ann Soforth from righteous rapists, then Paul McCartney from a musical curse...
CAUTION: ABUSED CHILD, JOYCEAN LANGUAGE
|IT WASN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1983/2/24, a dream of escaping my family's unrealism
An Arabian prince kidnaps my girlfriend and me. We eventually escape his flying palace, but she gets trapped in Victorian underwear
while I escape some feuding politicians by turning myself into a truck tire. NOT a smart move...
CAUTION: BOGUS VICTORIAN SEX-EUPHEMISMS
|LET ME REVISE THAT...: by Wayan; 1998/8/28, a dream of clarity.
I pray to the Love Goddess for help, but then realize there's a problem with my phrasing...
|LIES!: by Wayan; 1992/7/10, a dream that thinks it's a two-page novel.
To investigate a criminal couple, I have to lie. And that's hard, since all my lies turn true...
CAUTION: NEW AGE AND FILM NOIR DON'T MIX
|MALWARE IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan, 2017/12/27, a possibly predictive dream.
I dream that tourists in our town use brainware to navigate and translate, but it's infected. Turns you fascist. Whaaaat?...
Next day, the FBI knocks on our door! Our web provider misidentified our home as a nest of internet criminals. Thanks, Comcast! Talk about malware...
|MAYAN DOOR: by Wayan; 2008/3/21, a character-evaluation dream.
The Mayan cave was a door between worlds. But also a model of the character you need to walk through that door...
|MIRIEL INTERRUPTUS: by Miriel and Wayan; 1978/9/5 and 1978/9/6; two embarrassing parallel dreams
Wayan dreams he and his sister grope toward sex in the kitchen, when two of her friends burst in...
Miriel dreams she's having sex with a boy from her choir, when two of her friends burst in...
CAUTION: FRUSTRATION, INCEST, CAUGHT IN SEX
|NATIVE LANGUAGE: by Wayan; 1996/11/17, a dream about senses and speech.
I'm at the beach, seeing it through English linguistic filters. Or do I? Is there a language under language?
|NEUTRALITY'S ROOMMATE: by Emily Joy; 2007/4/19, a spooky dream.
At our commune's new house, pandemonium breaks out when our matriarch meets a spook. Can we live together in peace?
|NEW LEVEL!: by "Julian"; 2006/5/22, 3 gamelike dreams in one night, two of them epic
My mom and I road-duel an alien beetle, then investigate a deepspace Marie Celeste; then I spy for the Angevin Empire to protect the Crown Jewels...
|NO ďI": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
Iím in San Francisco trying to throw Sauronís Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
|THE PLAY: by Georges Perec; February 1972, an absurd dream with an attention span of about thirty seconds. Dream #108
I'm in a play. Fear, then joyful sex, then ranching, then silly hats, as a man drones on about class struggle. Weird chairs, pingpong, coffee, impossible double utterances.
At last I tell friends my dream--backwards. Then I write the dream down on slices of cheese...
CAUTION: SEX ONSTAGE
|POTLATCH SMOKE: by Wayan; 1988/5/10, a dream of shamanic responsibility.
Refugees flood the spirit worlds! War looms. Wolf, Silky, Dr Who, even the Bug-Goddess of Love are alarmed. I'm just a blonde ditz, but I help inspect realities till we trace the source: a Tlingit potlatch? Why?
|RAPA ITI: by Marc Liblin, 1954-1960s, recurring childhood dreams teaching him to speak an unknown language
Only at age 33 did Marc Liblin at last meet someone who spoke his dream language. He married her, and moved to Rapa Iti, the only place in the world it's spoken...
|SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD: by Acucena Q., 2007/3/4, a puzzling quest dream.
I searched rivers and lakes around the world for someone dead. But the living people I met were as strange as ghosts...
|SELVDROLLA: by Havelock Ellis; before 1922, an ignored prescriptive dream
A doctor recommends Ellis try "selvdrolla", but he gets off so much on the strange name he forgets the prescription...
|THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
|SHOUT IN A CROWD, or, How to Survey Galactic Civilization: by Wayan; dreamed 2014/4/15, a dream exposing what my brain's up to when I forget my dreams!
I wander the galaxy in my dreams, finding and testing crowds to see if anyone reacts to the sound of English or Chinese. One in a thousand does! This implies...
CAUTION: SCIENCE AND SHAMANISM DON'T MIX (or do they?)
|SHRIEK ADOPTION: by Wayan; dreamed 2015/8/23, an illustrated dream-poem exposing self-sabotage
A man adopts two orphaned griffins with musical talent. But their previous guardians were so traditionalist & stifling the cubs want to BURN all their musical instruments...
|SPEAKING FERN: by Wayan; 1991/3/25, a dream-prank.
A dead fern in my backyard starts sending me messages in some strange language...
|SWIMMING IN VAN GOGH'S OCEAN: by 'Amandaclay'; c. 2011/12/9, a dream of love and beauty
On a cruise to Catalina Island, I find friends, a boyfriend and a magical sea of color...
|TARDIS GAZEBO: by Wayan; a 3-page digital dream-comic, 1993/2/17
Solve a pictographic riddle and you can fly, shapeshift, work magic! But someone doesn't want us solving dream-riddles...
|THEY FEED THEY LION: by Philip Levine; late 1960s; a dream-poem
A phrase spoken by a workmate triggers two dreams, the parents of this poem; it emerged a few days later as you see it...
CAUTION: POLITICAL RAGE, SURREALISM
|THROUGH THE WIRES: by Wayan; 2007/9/16, two surreal contrasting dreams
At a party I meet some wolflike aliens, and somehow start seeing through their eyes--pack, status and pecking order. And then...
I'm crossing a field, skirting cows, climbing through a barbwire fence, as I explain cows, wires and material life to a floating energy-being...
|TINA FEY TRIES TO FLY: by Wayan; 2017/4/24, a mystical feminist farce of a dream
In a world where speech is in Mayan glyphs, comedian Tina Fey, dressed for prom night, climbs a Tibetan peak to learn levitation. But the monks are scared of women...
CAUTION: COOTIES; ROWDY JESUS; MAY FLUNK THE BECHDEL TEST
|TROUT BECK by Nancy Price; summer 1933, an aerial comic dream-epic
I'm carried off by a crane, to meet birdfish, singing sheep, fell-spirits, mad shopkeepers and devil-bulls...
|TV DEVIL FLU: by Wayan; 1994/10/24, a short dreamtale.
A "friend" gives me her TV. Turns out there's a small-minded devil in it who cheats on all his deals...
|TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, or, A Complete Summary of Poesy; early August 1992 by Wayan and Cory; a haiku slam?|
You get 26 dice with letters on every face. Roll them all. Your haiku must use every letter. Go!
|TWO BISHOP APPLICANTS: by Wayan; 1984/11/21, a surreal but mercilessly logical dream.
My mind and my soul both apply for a job in Stanford Cathedral. Their rivalry grows to a shamanic duel...
|A WORD DREAM: by Maude Meagher; before 1936, a wild word-association dream.
I often dream of words forming on a page as their corresponding images dance around me. Here's an example...
|YES, EMMA, ONE POUND ONIONS: by a Canadian girl; before 1961, a precise yet counterproductive predictive dream
I was in a small room with a single bare lightbulb and an old man at a desk writing. The phone rang. He answered it and said, 'Yes, Emma, one pound onions, a dozen oranges." Two days later...
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