ESSAYS AND RANTS
On a site full of dreams, I thought there needed to be one refuge, an island of undream essays, rants, reviews, clippings, and comments. It isn't quite pure--there are a few amphibious dreams that crawled up on the beach, and, with clumsy lobe-fins, grabbed onto some intriguing idea and wouldn't let go, in creditable imitation of waking rants. What the hell, I let them stay--it was that, or face salamander tantrums.
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|THE ABUSE PANELISTS: by Wayan; 1997/2/6, nondream journalism
A whole convention of adults abused as kids shows me how hard it is to hide the damage...
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES
|ABYSSIA: by Wayan; 500K, 2006/6/6, a small virtual world
A nondream vision of an alternate Earth where continents are abysses, abysses continents...
|ALLORGY: by Wayan; 1983/4/1, an allergic love poem.
In spring the young allergic longs for the lusty world but cannot join the All-Orgy...
|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...
|ANIMATION TODAY: NO PEARLS, LOTSA SWINE: by Wayan; 1986/1/3, from Wayan's journal.
What makes so much animation all feel the same? Temptations inherent in the medium...
|ANN-THENNATH: by Wayan; 1986/2/1, a fairytale freeway dream.
I dream of Beren and Luthien happy and mortal in their forest, and wake to find...
|ARTSHOW IN A DREAM: by Wayan; 1983/9/18, a dream poem with 3 illustrations
A jaundiced dream of an art show that spelled out just how deeply I reject the rules behind modern art...
|ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CUNT CAN DO FOR YOU: by Wayan; 1991. A mad digital poster.
JFK and Marilyn as our gender archetypes, and their effect on the real gender gap: lifespan, not votes!
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, BUT I GUESS IT'S TOO LATE NOW
|BEAGLE'S SONG: by Wayan; 1994/1/18, essay on Peter Beagle's work.
Beagle's fantasies, from The Last Unicorn to The Innkeeper's Song, closely resemble my dreams. The ways we differ say more about our spiritual orientation than about our art...
|THE BEEP TREE: by Wayan; 1998, a dreamlike but true story.
I heard a noise out my window. I looked out, and saw something strange...
|THE BELL CURVE: by Wayan; 1995/2/22, an essay on IQ
My take on IQ, racism, Murray and Herrnstein's notorious book, and the theory of multiple intelligence. As an (ex)child prodigy it's not theoretical for me: broken hearts, broken trust, broken ribs...
CAUTION: LONG WORDS, RAMPANT ELITISM, GENIUS SHOPTALK
|BELL CURVE IN THE DARK: by Wayan; 1982/8/17, a dream fable.
A human pinball game played in the dark, with bells for stoppers, sorting people into a Gaussian bell-curve...
|BELIEF IS GRIEF: by Wayan; 1992. A two-page picture-poem
Anti-ideological rant calling experience water and belief... ice.
|BESTIALITY: by Wayan; 1997/2/6, essay with implications for dreams breaking taboos
A capsule history of a taboo that changed startlingly over 3000 years... does sin depend on timing?
CAUTION: SEX TALK, TABOOS
|THE BIOSPHERE VARIATIONS: by Wayan; 15 MB, 2004-6, a set of sculpture-photo-drawing-travelog-webmazes:
Tour beautiful, bizarre worlds most exobiologists would write off as hopeless for life, and meet the natives...
CAUTION: SEXY ALIENS, WEIRD CUSTOMS, EVOLUTION
|BOILING MY FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1984, a nondream poem of letting go.
Giving up a circle of friends is like the collapse of a sun--do you dry up like a raisin... or explode?
|BOYS: by Wayan; 1993-99, a gender-equity poem.
When girls get their clits cut, even the UN takes notice. But mutilate boy genitals, and... big yawn!
CAUTION: TALK ABOUT SEX AND VIOLENCE--BUT HEY, IT'S ONLY BOYS
|BRADBURY'S PLANET, AND MINE: by Wayan; 1994/1/12, a book review? Or a life review?
Bradbury's Mars was based on his life in Venice, California. What worlds grow out of my San Francisco?
|CENTAUR BY SARTRE: by Wayan; 1989/3/28; an oracular dream
A sea-centaur explains why some dreams don't LIKE to surface to so-called consciousness...
CAUTION: WET T SHIRT, EXISTENTIALISTS, HARPOONS
|CENTAUR QUARTET: by Wayan; 1980-84, a dream-series on shamanic families.
Can our interracial family survive? Not just cultural conflict, but our instincts clash around sex--and incest...
CAUTION: SEX, INCEST ISSUES, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
|CHINA BEACH: by Wayan; 1992. Digital poster of a waking life-shift..
That moment when you tire of your old trauma and suddenly turn to the sun. Or fun.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
|CLASH OF KNOW-NOTHINGS: by Wayan; 2004/11/3, a election-day rant
We're not facing Huntington's 'Clash of Civilizations' but a world war in which inland monoculturalists attack cosmopolitan coasts...
CAUTION: POLITICAL IDEAS, POLITICAL RAGE
|CLIFTON: by Wayan; 1997/9/6, a journal entry on a 20th Century man rather like me.
Mark Clifton wrote science fiction tales of mutant psychic geniuses--only he wrote from life...
|CLIMB FROM THE PIT: by Wayan, 1996/11/9, a dream parable.
I'm in the Mideast. No wonder it's a war zone--it's a vast pit BUILT for war! But a spiral stair leads slowly out, to...
|THE COIL: by Wayan; 1999-2000. Model for a mad instrument that might just work.
A spiral dream-instrument I'm building, that's easier to play than a piano or guitar, and a lot snakier...
|COOL: by Wayan; 1997/9/23, a waking-world street observation.
Suddenly I see the notion of "cool" as just another Euro theft. Being cool shouts "I'm insecure"...
|COYOTE INVADES ABSTRACTION: by Wayan; 51K; nondream digital painting, 1998.
Coyote invades an abstract painting and reveals why the art biz likes conceptual, impersonal art...
|COYOTE'S DINNER PRAYER: by Wayan; 1998/6/5. A waking prayer-poem for you hungry coyotes.
Coyote's pagan parody of the Christian Lord's prayer. Well, actually, it's kind of sweet..
CAUTION: SACRILEGE, ESPECIALLY THE BIT ABOUT TEMPTATION
|CRUMB: by Wayan; 1995/6/7; film review and rant on artistic conscience.
Cartoonist Robert Crumb doesn't aim at taboos--he stalks his own feelings, ignoring rules! A learnable technique...
|DATING WEIRDOS: by Wayan; 1996/8/12 a short rant.
Normal people want someone complementary. Weirdos want someone like them. Why? Economics!...
|A DEAL WITH GOD: by Wayan; 1987/10/21, a heretic dream.
Evangelists pester me until I get so mad I make an on-the-spot deal with...
CAUTION: MAD AT CHRISTIANS AGAIN
|DICTY: by Wayan; 1990/5/?, a rantish poem on high-tech distraction
A catalog of American addictions and the absurd distinctions we make between them....
CAUTION: EMBARRASSING DRUG LIST
|DOME: by Wayan; 250K, 1999/1/31, a dream peeling off a lie.
I'm actress Nicole Kidman, clinging to the dome of City Hall like King Kong, ripping it to shreds! Why?
CAUTION: VANDALISM, REVERSE SEXISM, EXHIBITIONISM
|A DREAMKU PRIMER: by Roswila; 2007; how-to guide to dream haiku
Distilling a dream to one key image can clarify it. But don't be ruled totally by traditional haiku form...
|DREAMRIDER: by Wayan; 1986/4/15, a short, startled rant, chapter 5 of UNICORN TAG.
A novel on a modern woman called to become a shaman echoes my real life too closely...
|DREAMWORK IN A DECADENT AGE: by Wayan; 1997/11/19, a short essay
Sprague De Camp says religions seduce us with emotional comfort. Is dreamwork science or faith?
|THE DREGS EFFECT: by Wayan; 1997/11/19, a waking insight on artists in therapy
Artists have their own strange culture, and we can unintentionally mislead therapists unfamiliar with us...
|DUBIA: by Wayan; 800K, 20 photos, summer 2003, a nondream sculpture/prophecy/travelog.
What Earth will look like 1000 years from now, with doubled CO2, flooded coasts and melted poles...
CAUTION: CALLS GEORGE W. BUSH A BIG FAT LIAR
|EARTH'S BEING MURDERED: by Wayan; 1996/7/13, a nightmare.
Mute, paired images, contrasting life with the death we're spreading. And then finally the dream speaks:
CAUTION: READ THE TITLE AND GO SABOTAGE SOMETHING!
|THE EFFECTS OF PSYCHIC INVASION: by Wayan; 1999/4/17, a dreamtale on ESP.
What are the psychological effects of growing up psychic, as others' thoughts and feelings invade you? When other's BODIES invade yours, it's molestation...
|EVIL ARCHY: by Wayan; April 2008; a non-dream poem in terze rima
Money, power, race and gender don't stifle my friends who work as much as hierarchical structure...
|EVOLUTION'S DULL: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a science rant.
Evolution is like baseball--a game of inches, efficiency, constraints. Surely we can do better....
CAUTION: CONTAINS THOUGHT
|FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
|FIRE IN THE CRUCIBLE: by Wayan; 1996/11/5, a confessional essay on genius.
A book's example of a mathematical savant made me stop and try to do what he did. I can! Can anyone?
|FIRST DATE: by Wayan; 1991/10/20, a true story.
I have weird, bad luck around dating. Finally I go on a picnic with Page, and the Great Fire begins...
|FORGET THE FLEURS DU MAL: by Wayan; 1983/1/1?, a poem on nightmares.
In the richest regions of the sea, dead stuff wells up to meet the light. Do we have similar zones?
|FRANKLIN'S TOWER: by Wayan; 2008/2/13, a meditative music-dream
After a trip to a failing mall, an old Grateful Dead song haunts my dreams. Mall and song are opposite political poles...
CAUTION: HIPPIE/JEFFERSONIAN DEISM
|GALAXY FLOWER: by Wayan; 1993. digital painting of a (nondream) vision.
My take on what Georgia O'Keeffe claimed she was up to with those giant flowers...
|GALLERY GAWKERS: by Wayan; 2003-5; sketches of San Francisco characters
For two years, I sat at the desk in our co-op gallery, and secretly sketched our bewildered, art-assaulted customers...
|GEEK SHORTAGE: by Wayan; 135K, 1990-95. Digital panorama on body image--literally.
A narrative mural on the sexiness of dancers, as I became one--at the moment I lost my old geeky self...
|(ON THE OLD) GENDER TRAIL: by Wayan; late 1995, digital picture-poem with dream intrusions.
For me, the path to love is difficult, elusive, convoluted...
|GENDER-SKEW IN DREAMS: by Wayan; 1998/2/2, a brief essay on dream-differences
In older studies at least, women dream of both sexes but men dream largely of men. Just like TV, huh?
CAUTION: YOU'LL NEVER WATCH TV AGAIN
|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
|GIFTED CHILDREN NEED...: by Wayan; 1980, a journal extract on geniuses.
Advice of a specialist on the care and feeding of child prodigies, embarrassingly relevant for adult geniuses...
|GRAVE: by Wayan; 1999, a poem of everyday life, if this is your everyday life.
So I looked out my window and saw this guy burying a tiny robed woman in a trench in the street...
|THE HAND THAT WAKES: by Wayan; 1997; acrylic study of what makes us forget dreams.
I was painting to a sad scary song by Laurie Anderson that goes "This is the hand... the hand that takes..."
|HAPPINESS UNBLOCKS ART: by Wayan; 1997/7/7, nondream book review
An insight about a fictional character who unblocks her creativity changes my own life strategy...
|HILLMAN ON DAIMONS: by Wayan; 1998/9/7, on Greco-Roman and Jungian ideas of a life-goal
James Hillman and my own experience suggest we enter life with an agenda. But what if our goals are sick?
|IF YOUR HEART IS BEAT: by Wayan; 1989. Nondream, digital graffiti-poem-poster.
When your brain-cops are edgy, you're getting warm!
|I'LL TRY: by Wayan; 1990. Nondream picture-poem.
From a paleolithic doodle--an early self-portrait rebelling against my gender, and trying on beauty...
|INACTION PAINTING: by Wayan; 1995/10/29, digital dream-figure collage
When I see that grim museum shit I start giggling "Boy art!" The guards glare, so I go home and paint like this.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX TALK, LUST FAIRIES AND FLYING TEENY WEENIES
|AN INTERVIEW WITH WAYAN: by Wayan; 1994/3/20, an interview.
Dream researcher Stephanie Van Zandt Nelson questions me on the roots of the art of dreaming...
|JENNIFER MONTGOMERY: by Wayan; 1995/4/24, a journal extract
Her film about her teenage affair with a pedophile is troubling enough before the FBI steps in to blackmail her...
CAUTION: MOLESTATION/ABUSE ISSUES
|JILL THE PEST: by Wayan; 240K, 2001/2/22, a nondream visionary comic.
I had a headache and couldn't sleep. I started drawing, and asked for a cure. And a cartoon angel said...
CAUTION: TANTRUMS, MASTURBATION, JUNKFOOD, ANGELIC SCOLDING
|JOAN GRANT GETS SOME ADVICE: by Wayan; 1980/9/23, an inspirational interlude.
Writer Joan Grant, who was a psychic and trance channeler, got a sort of reading herself, from H.G. Wells...
|JUNG'S DENIAL: by Wayan; 1994/12/16, a journal extract on Jung.
Jung's dreams and interpretations show he's a thing-guy not a people-guy. All that architecture!...
|JUNK FICTION?: by Wayan; 1990/6/15, a rant on literature's treatment of shamans & psychics
At least fantasy and science fiction address my life-issues; "realism" just declares me nonexistent...
|KLIMT'S GIRL FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1998/7/4, a short art rant
Klimt did a deep portrait of a lesbian couple back when most folks hardly saw gays as human...
|THE LEARNABLE INSTRUMENT PROJECT: by Wayan; 1999-2000. A set of models for more-playable instruments.
I'm starting a project that'll build chromatic instruments easier to learn and play than conventional ones. The Project describes nine interface designs, from staggered keyboards and button-grids to my favorite, the helical Coil. Wanna be in on it?
|LET ILLNESS GO: by Wayan; 1999. Acrylic/digital painting of a meditation not a dream.
Illness is such a handy excuse when you need solitude, care, rest, or just time to think... but...
|LET'S IMPOSE: by Wayan; 1992. Nondream digital painting.
Engineers! How they do love to impose clean lines on our messy world...
|LET'S PLEASE THE RICH: by Wayan; 1998/6/24, a disgusting proposal
The rich block reform. So let's offer the rich what they really want: ranking and attention...
|LIGHTEN UP, ROADS!: by Wayan; 1994/6/28, a dreamed eco-proposal.
Recycling used paint to lighten pavements could lower continental temperatures a fraction of a degree...
|LYNN HALL'S "FLYAWAY": by Wayan; 1997/7/6, a journal extract on religious abuse
A book that kept me up late. Ariel and Robin get abused as subtly, as deniably as me and my sisters...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS/PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE
|LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
CAUTION: CUTE ALIENS, WEIRD SEX CUSTOMS, GODLESS EVOLUTION!
|MAGIC SCHOOL: by Wayan, 1982/1/26: a waking event and replying dream.
Phyllis Schlafly, who killed the Equal Rights Amendment, provokes a dream of being Captain Kirk trapped in a magic school with no way out but the graduate exam... Can I learn the lesson of the tree?
CAUTION: POLITICAL JOURNALISM BEFORE THE DREAM. OH NO!
|MANATEE: by Wayan; 1989/5/12-1992; digital nondream painting.
Beauty's link to status and privilege bothers me. The pretty get perks (or parks), while we uglies...
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, AND A BLOOD FLOWER
|MAN TRIUMPH ANT: by Wayan; 1990, a lost typographical picture-poem
The image got lost, but the words survived, so here's the poetic saga of an ant that left th' farm...
|MARS REBORN: by Wayan; 1MB, 27 photos, 15 pp, 2003/9/22, a sculpture, a tour guide, a virtual world
Mars as it will be 1000 years from now, terraformed. A guided tour with photos...
|MENOLLY: Love Song to a Dragonsinger: by Wayan; 1977, a dreamish poem on giftedness and abuse.
As a kid I was haunted by the parallels between Menolly of Pern and me...
|MICROGRAPH: by Wayan; 1991? Illuminated page on psychic dreaming
A mad experiment one night in Micrography, with a midnight rant for scripture and my girlfriend for God...
CAUTION: BLASPHEMY OF SOME KIND OR OTHER
|MIKE DIANA, JAILED FOR SACRILEGE: by Wayan; 1994/6/23; a real-life nightmare.
Unfortunately, this is not a dream at all...
|THE MORAL INTELLIGENCE OF CHILDREN: by Wayan; 1999/5/24, a rant on giftedness and fragility
Robert Coles wrote a book on kids' moral sense, but his examples don't tell me what they tell him...
|MORAL MINNOWS: by Wayan; 1992/9/15, a dream of deep politics.
A dream explaining why everyone with any moral vision gets filtered out of politics now...
|MULTIPLE: by Wayan; 101K, 1992; digital picture-poem on seven dream-selves.
I have all the signs of multiple personality but memory gaps. But YOU all have gaps every night...
CAUTION: BACKGROUND SEX
|NEUTRINO EYES: by Wayan; 1983, a poem on dark matters.
ESP is like having neutrino detectors for eyes: what radiates from people's cores blinds you to their surfaces...
|NICHE: by Wayan; 1990, a poem on crashing your computer.
A poem linking the dawn of digital art to early, tinny phonographs, cranky film cameras...
|NO BLUE RIDER: by Wayan; 1996/1/21; digital painting of my first dream, in Franz Marc style.
My first memory is of being a wild horse, and waking up to find I was now a human child...
|NO MAN IS ISLAND: by Wayan; 125K, 1990, poem refuting John Donne's, illustrated with dreamselves.
No Man is Island. So Men say. I am not a Man...
|OISIN: by Wayan; 2005-2013, 32 maps and images; a nondream virtual world
A model of a moon, half-Europa, half-Mars, with (intelligent?) life in seas under a skin of ice...
|ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER: by Wayan; 1980/12/15, a dreamsong.
Kate Wolf sings that ads are way dirtier than porn. But my memory slowly twists her message...
|OR... IS IT YOU?: by Wayan; 1990 nondream digital painting on marginality.
When I was battered, I briefly lived on the streets. What struck me was how fragile most of us were...
|PEGASIA: by Wayan; 10MB mini-site (200 maps & images), spring 2006 to present (ongoing); tours of an alien moon.
A contest! Here's a wide, fertile world full of empty ecological niches for intelligent creatures. Design one!
|PET AD, OR, RENTADOG: by Wayan; 1996/11/9, an illustrated Shakespearean singles-ad.
I put a singles ad in our paper, but I just couldn't say what I really wanted to. Now, I can...
CAUTION: SEX, DRUGS, AND DOGGEREL
|PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 16 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
|PRODIGIES' ODDITIES: by Wayan; 1994/2/2, a confession.
I suspect we child prodigies and geniuses are as unlike the gifted as normal people. So here's a checklist...
CAUTION: BRAIN REQUIRED
|THE PRODIGY-ALLERGY LINK: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
Child prodigies may develop allergies due to immunosystem damage from too much testosterone in utero...
|PRODIGY SUPPORT: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
News of a child prodigy who was given the support I wasn't, triggers a flood of envy and bitterness...
|WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 and 2/16, a sociological dreamtale.
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow deep social change is. How we cling to our worldviews!
|PSYCHIC FAMILIES ARE SO MUCH FUN: by Wayan; 1980/7/21, a true story of ESP.
My sister's avoiding our nosy parents, but I sense they'll run into her soon. I just didn't know HOW soon...
|RADIATE SORROW: by Wayan; 1980s, a daydream poem.
The rest of us heavenly bodies have each other, but from the Sun's viewpoint, we're just rubble. Alone...
|RAISE YOURSELF!: by Wayan; 1998, 17" mixed media sculpture; nondream .
Why wait for the Rapture when you can use a chinup machine and raise yourself off that cross?...
CAUTION: NUDE PSEUDO-CRUCIFIXION, SACRILEGIOUS SELF-HELP
|READABLE DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989-92; a 3-year inner debate on how to present dream-art
How do we make dream narratives readable, when most readers are raised to think they're nonsense?
|RHAMPHORHYNCHUS: by Wayan; 1996/11/12, a waking premonition.
Biking, I find myself chanting a dinosaur name. I don't even know what it is. At home I open a novel, and a Rhamphorhynchus appears, politely defined for me by our obliging universe...
|RHINE CHECKERS: by Wayan; 1970-71, a journal extract on ESP.
My sister and I played games based on the Rhine Institute's ESP studies. Our scores were not random...
|ROBINSON JEFFERS AS A SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a little shamanic shoptalk
Jeffers, that harsh, visionary, ecological poet, seems drunk on Darwinism, blind to how kindness matters...
CAUTION: BRAIN REQUIRED
|RUM JUNGLE: by Wayan; 1997? digital; map of the dreamworld.
Think of your dreams as a rainforest, clearcut every morning--unless you make the effort to remember...
CAUTION: TINY NAKED ANGELS
|SAGAN: by Wayan; 1996/5/3, a psychic dream in response to Carl's challenge.
Carl Sagan on the radio mocks ESP and UFOs. So I dream of a flying pewter teapot, and wake to learn...
|SATANAGRAM: by Wayan; 1998/8/1, a Christmas song lyric.
A hard-hitting rap on Satan's dumbest disguise. Yet he's gotten away with it! The shocking truth...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE! SACRILEGE! MUCILAGE! (FOR THE BIG WHITE BEARD)
|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...
|SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
|SHAKE! 1995; digital Muybridge tribute by Wayan.
I love what dancers look like, seen over time, in strobe photos. Like weird undersea growths...
WARNING: NAKED CATS
|SHIP OF JADE: by Wayan; 2009/11/7, an illustrated dreampoem on dreampoetry! Dreamverse #64
My dreams are made of lovely carvable jade. Too bad my tools and skills suit our plastic age...
|SHRUNKEN MEN: by Wayan; 1992/2/21, a dream (and rant) on men.
Robert Bly's books on men and mentors provoke a dream of co-opted Star Trek captains and rebellious midgets...
CAUTION: IF YOU LIKE BLY...
|SILKY CROSSES THE ATLANTIC: by Wayan; dreamed 1982/8/24, painted 1994 (acrylic/ink/xerox).
After I fled my batterer, I was afraid to love--afraid I'd give up my freedom again for mere kindness...
|SIPHONIA: by Wayan; 30 p, 2006-14, a nondream virtual world, in progress; maps, tours
First, suck up 90% of Earth's seas. Now wait 90,000 years for life to adapt. Tibetan plateaus above steamy new Deeps ruled by giant parrots, ravens and otters...
|SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 400K (17 ill.), 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream.
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
|SO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: by Wayan; 1990? Digital picture-poem destroyed and resurrected.
I had a horrible realization that computers are useless, and I tried to make it beautiful...
|SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
|SOUL-WORK GOES ON: by Wayan; 1994/11/3, a journal extract on dreamwork.
As I reread decades of my dreams, I see Jung was right: even in times of chaos, soul-work goes calmly on...
|SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE? PLEASE, MISTRESS, NO!: by Wayan; 1981/7/18, a meditation on meditation.
A rant on over-disciplined Americans (NOT under; we just think we are) taking up spiritual disciplines...
|SPUTTERNIK: by Wayan; 1979, a Beat poem: the comedy of the streets.
A street poet preaches a gospel of smallness, until he pokes at capitalism in a slightly too personal way...
|A STAGE FRIGHT: by Wayan; 1993/11/17, a revealing automatic writing-trance
I froze in dance class when I followed anyone else's script. Was it fear? A dragon inside said no...
|STARGIRL: by Wayan; 1993. Digital image of altered state
I squabble with my body so much! But sometimes, at the moment of orgasm, we dissolve into stars, and become...
CAUTION: SEX POETRY
|STARVATION?: by Wayan; 1995/8/28, a journal extract on body image.
On a poster of a model who's around my weight, someone's scrawled STARVATION IMAGERY...
CAUTION: DEFENSE OF SKINNY PEOPLE
|STEPHANIE GODOT: by Wayan; 1994/12/14, a waking comedy of two dreamworkers.
My unconscious sabotages a lunch date with my friend Stephanie. The tricks get weirder, till...
|STRETCH NOW!: by Wayan; 1993? Daydream image with an agenda
Do it now! I'm doing it. I'm getting up from the keyboard and stretching. I am a cheetah...
|STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; 1983, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...
|SUTRO PARK: by Wayan; 1990/11/31, digital painting of nondream surreal event.
The tale of the most truly sincerely religious revelation I've ever witnessed...
CAUTION: REAL WITCHES
|TACKY IS AN ANGLO IDEA, or, NEW BRACELET!: by Wayan; 1983. Bicultural nondream vision
I like bad taste. Taste always tasted like another Anglo conspiracy to keep me from having fun...
|TEHURA TRIES COMICS: by Wayan; 1994/7/19. pencil, Xerox, erasable crayon.
I dreamed a sphinx artist visited humanity and drew the crazy natives. I copied her sketchbook and notes...
CAUTION: NUDITY, PAGANISM, SLACKERISM, ACTUAL IDEAS
|TELEPATHY VERSUS AUTISM: by Wayan; 1997/4/19, an utterly dreamlike but waking vignette
A weird little identity-confusion at a dance suggests I'm simultaneously psychic, autistic, and... stupid.
|TICHANE: by Wayan; 1993-4. Nondream digital "woodblock print".
What the world looks like when you have environmental illness, like me...
|TILT!: by Wayan; 250K, 10 illus., 2002-3, a nondream world-building game.
I drilled new poles in my globe and tilted the Earth. Ice Age or Carboniferous? Flood or drought? Come visit tropical Antarctica, the Thai Desert, the Hawaiian glaciers, the jungles of France!
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|TWO CENTURIES OF PROGRESS: by Edwin Muir; 1938-9, two dreams and an extraordinary mini-essay
Yesterday, Hitler marched into town. I was born before the Industrial Revolution, and am now about two hundred years old...
|UFOLUTION: by Wayan; 1997/12/19, a comic science rant
Okay, say evolution is driven by things (I don't care what) besides natural selection. How could you tell?
|THE UNMAKING OF A DANCER: by Wayan; 1994/5/22, a journal extract on dance and health.
Ballerina Joan Brady quit, but ten years later, returned. Her body rejuvenated! So what can MINE do?
|UTOPIA: by Wayan; 37 p, 3.9 MB, 2007/5/9, a painted essay on... wishes?
An improvised painting-series exploring my obsession for Utopia--and your deafening silence...
CAUTION: IDEAS, FURRY NUDITY, THAT GOSH-DARN MODERN ABSTRACT ART
|THE VACUUM CLEANER QUARTET: by Wayan; 1981, four bizarre poems.
All I know about humans, I learned in psychodrama. I gawked as caterpillars grew wings. Except me...
|VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; 4.5MB; a virtual world with 130 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
|VICARIOUS ATONEMENT: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/1/31, an anti-shamanic dream
Kingsford meets a girl who burns herself as a protest. K flips out! She rants “This is wrong!” when help is what’s needed...
CAUTION: RANT MIDWAY YOU'RE BETTER OFF SKIPPING
|VIRGIN ON THE VERGE: by Wayan; 640 x 680 tall, 1992. Digital picture/poem/rant.
Ever since I was battered I feel like a virgin again: longing, but wary--scared where sex may lead...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
|WARIA: by Wayan; 640 x 450, 1989, digital image based on a 1987/3/23 dream.
My life was a sex disaster. I made myself ugly and sick. But then one night I dreamed I found a healer...
|WARRING MOIRES: by Wayan; 1988. Abstract nondream digital picture-poem-thingy
Dodging between all your -isms, I feel like a bird on a battlefield...
|WASTE: by Wayan; 100K, 1990/5/15, a desert singles poem, 11 images.
A road trip through New Mexico mutates into a tour of my relationship disasters...
|WE MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY OF SAINT FRANCIS: by Wayan; 1982/5/1?, a dream-influenced poem.
After a peace march in San Francisco, I saw us as deer, and Americans as dogs. Yet WE frighten THEM...
|WHAT THE PTEROS TELL: by Wayan; 1995/9/11, an archeometeorological rant.
The size of ancient flying creatures implies that Earth may lose more atmosphere over time than we think...
|WITCH AT THE IRON CORE: by Wayan; 1998/10/16, an engineering-proposal dream.
A witch in the future invents a new way to terraform small dense moons--and it'd work!...
|WOLF, NO WOLF: by Wayan; 1996/7/24, a nondream rant on place.
Is there really that much difference between the rootless yuppies flooding the West, and war refugees?
|WOLFWALL: by Wayan; 106K, Jan. 1994. Digital image of daydream/trance
Drew all night in a trance and only learned at dawn what this flirting otter and wolf were trying to tell me...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND SEXUAL THEME
|WOMBERS: by Wayan; 1997/8/23, a journal entry on peace-at-any-price personalities
Nancy Friday describes a certain kind of guy disturbingly like me, and I realize chronic illness has made me...
|XANADU: by Wayan; 600K, 2006/6/6, a nondream virtual world
An alternate Titan, Titan as it should have been, with ethane seas full of life...
|YEATS: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, a poem wrestling with Yeats's visions.
Our dilemma is, now that we have the power to get what we want... what exactly was it we wanted?
|YOUR DREAM LIKES YOU: by Wayan; 3 ill., 1991-2007; three maxims from my anima.
You say you want to remember your dreams, but do you write down what you DO recall? And ACT on it?
|ZERO SUM: by Wayan; 1996/5/29, a game-theory dream.
I'm lecturing to a crowd: "Love's a win-win game, and abuse, lose-lose. But blame is zero-sum..."
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