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Red Diaper Babies

"Red Diaper Baby" is a phrase Josh Kornbluth coined for kids of radicals, who, at least here in America, grew up so different from the conservative capitalist mainstream that we basically constitute our own ethnic group! We know the same books, the same history censored in public schools, even the same songs... and of course the ideals. Self-sacrifice, serving others... being nobly poor. Or ignobly poor.

For me, the hardest legacy of being raised by idealists has been guilt--guilt I wasn't doing more for others, guilt that I wasn't... Gandhi!

And I'm not even sure Gandhi was Gandhi.

RELATED TOPICS: guilt and shame in general - political dreams - rants - family values, ho ho ho - goals, values, ideals - giving and gifts - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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ABJECT OBJECT: by Wayan; 1992, a nondream digital picture-prose-poem
It's OK to be a sex object as long as you're also a subject. What's no fun is being an abject...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
A PEEL FOR APPROVAL: by Wayan; 1990/9/24, a cautionary dream
Ariana's a brilliant young writer, but how she plans to escape her family is alarming...
CAUTION: TEEN PREGNANCY, SKIN MAGS, HORRIBLE CAREER PLANNING
APOLOGETIC OGRE: by Wayan; 1990/3/1, a nightmare.
I walk into a bar in ancient Greece and this woman's guardian angel acts racist. OK, I'm an ogre. So?
CAUTION: ANOTHER HANDGUN TRAGEDY
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
BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT: by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/7, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series; Bleeding Heart as comix
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
BOY BODY: by Wayan; dreamed 1960, drawn 1996 as comic on body image
A recurring childhood dream on how weird a boy-body is when you've been a girl too many lifetimes.
CAUTION: PUBLIC HUMILIATION, NUDE MONSTERS, SILLY GENITALIA
THE CAMBODIAN GIRL: by Wayan; 125K, 1996/4/2 dream illustrated by sculpture, 2000.
VERY mixed media--the boat is warped wood. And the story is warped more...
CAUTION: SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE AND QUITE EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT
CHINA AND AMERICA: by Alder and Wayan; 1997/9/23, telepathic dreams.
Two giants wrestle in the Chinese mountains. Who'll win, Red or Yellow? But when I wake...
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
A DATE IN MINSK: by Wayan; 2009/8/23, a possibly psychic dream of adaptability
A spacetime traveler inadvertently strands his pacifist vegetarian date in a gun-crazy mob-run town...
CAUTION: DEFAMES BYELORUSSIANS
DOME: by Wayan; 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
DRAMATIC PARASITES: by Wayan; 1995/6/28, a dream on fear of success.
I project I'll make a lot more money soon. Good, now I can support all my lazy friends! Wait...
AN ELECTORAL DRAGON: by Wayan; 1998/10/21, a virtual-reality-campaign-ad dream
In a world of bad haircuts, I meet a dragon running for office. But is this real, or a dream? Both/neither! It's...
A FAMILY ALBUM: by Wayan; 1981/3/9, folio of nightmarish dysfunctional family.
A series of family shadows, as I saw them then. These scenes are NOT literal, do I make myself clear? But these tensions were real...
CAUTION: GRIM! SEXUAL VIOLENCE, INCEST, MUTILATION
FLY IN THE SLUM: by Wayan; 1996/10/14, a possibly psychic flying dream.
In a rough part of San Francisco, I climb to the roof of a tower and jump off, but not to kill myself...
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
I WANT MY INHERITANCE: by Wayan; 1989/12/18, a dream on family brainwashing.
My family calls me a blonde bimbo and won't give me my inheritance, so I take drastic steps...
CAUTION: MORAL HAIRSPLITTING
INVOKE THE ANIMAL POWERS (or was it PROVOKE?): by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #24
A children's performance of "Where the Wild Things Are" turns into a riot-orgy. Why do I think it's all about politics?
CAUTION: WILD THING ORGY
KIOSK: by Wayan; 1994/5/1, a 4-page dreamcomic on the power of song (or illustrated text version)
I'm a sexy singing beast, the Krelkin, trying to lure the Reading Man out of his Moral Kiosk...
CAUTION: NUDITY, INTERSPECIES FLIRTATION
KISS THE CATS: by Wayan; 2008/8/23, a dream poem, Dreamverse #13
I have to kiss a mess of cats. Fishy, but I'm not chicken. My real beef is with the humans watching...
LARRY'S MULTIVERSE: by Wayan; 2008/2/16, a dream poem, Dreamverse #14
My shamanic teacher lures me into a labyrinth ruled by wizards whose magic-monopoly's about to fall...
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...
CAUTION: CHIMPONOMICS
LOCAL STYLE: by Wayan; 1999/11/24, an assumption-reversing dream.
Brunch, a terrace restaurant, some cute women. I say hi and politely grope them... why do I feel odd?
MAKING PROGRESS STANDING STILL: by Wayan; 1990/10/1; a healing dream cartooned.
I dreamed I slowly climbed out of guilty longing to an exciting climax on the Escalator of Love...
CAUTION: CARTOON SEX, NUDITY, GENDER POLITICS
MATRONIZED: by Wayan; 1996/5/25, a real-life vignette.
An older woman I know nags me about food. Suddenly my mind flips our genders and weights...
MY CUBIST CONSCIENCE: by Wayan; 1982/8/5; a dream warning of overharsh ethics.
I dreamed I was trapped in the maze of my pacifist vegetarian feminist anarchist eco-conscience...
NOT SELF DEFENSE!: by Wayan; 1999/4/29, a warning dream.
I'm Tarzan, fighting off attackers. But I kill one helpless prisoner! Am I going too far?
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
ON MOLLY'S FOREHEAD: by Wayan, 1988/11/19, a spiritual sex dream.
A child of radicals goes wild in Rio. When we bail her out, we find she's had a strange enlightenment...
CAUTION: UNSAFE SEX
OUR BEST SONG: by Wayan; 1983/10/25, a decade-long dream of song and flight.
The artcops search-and-destroy our flying band, and my wings are shorn. But ten years later, songless, apathetic, I climb through my TV--and the women of Vietnam show me a new way to fly...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, ATTITUDE, ALTITUDE
AN OUTGROWN BED: by Wayan; 1990/10/14, a dream of growth and time.
I'm a girl in a Catholic school. But a chance photo and the length of my bed combine to change my life...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, CHRISTIAN-NEGATIVE
PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the Cat, falling for an alien ape...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT
POISONED!: by Wayan; 1994/6/20, three linked dreams.
Poison takes many forms, from attitudes to environmental by-products to actions done deliberately...
PRINCESS OF PASSION: by Wayan; 1993/7/10, a chthonic dream.
Led by a rebel demon into the heart of a Chinese mountain, should I wake the Sleepers in the Cave?
A PRISONER OF ZEN: by Wayan; 1980/11/19, a dream on isolation.
The Pope spears our Inuit captain and the Mystic, who turns solitary--a prisoner of Zen. Can I free him?
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
PUPPY: by Wayan; a set of 1984 dreamlets; 1989-1990 digital story-painting
A picture that freaks out even my friends. But its crudeness hid an unexpectedly subtle message...
CAUTION: SEX, BESTIALITY
RATTLER BANQUET: by Wayan; 1993/1/29, a farcical nightmare poem.
My parents invite me to dinner, but my mom chases a rattlesnake up my leg. Then I wake to find two holes in my...
REJECTED! SO?: by Wayan; 2004/11/12, a dream of political AND personal advice
A middle-class girl rejects me. Then a newsman dismisses my political positions as irrelevant. "Liberal media" my ass...
CAUTION: POLITICS
RICH BITCH: by Wayan; 1979/10/20, a dream on money, sex and class.
I dreamed I met a wealthy werewolf. My parents were leftists and told me the rich are wicked--but...
CAUTION: INDECENT T-SHIRT, INDECENT WEREWOLF
SLAVE MARKET: by Wayan; 1998/9/10, a dreamtale on freedom.
Business solved the problem of cheap foreign labor: slavery's legal again. So our firm buys cheap losers...
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
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR PELVIS: by Wayan; 1981/1/11, a symbolic not-quite-sex dream.
A friend, stockpiling for Armageddon, makes me see that I value something peculiar: the knowledge of...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
TIME IS A CROC: by Wayan; 80K total, 1993/3/29, a dream on time.
Golfing in the basement! But the ball lands in another world, where the water hazards are hazards...
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...
WARNING: NUDITY
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...
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?: by Carla Young, 2010/3/16; painting of a punning political dream
My friend's ignorant of our Congressional race. I loathe Pombo, but I can't pronounce his rival McNerney's name right...
YUPPIE BREAKUP: by Wayan; 1991/5/22, a dream on values--or the lack thereof.
A yuppie idealist discovers her boyfriend's a cheerful opportunist, and they disentangle their lives...
CAUTION: SEX IN REVERSE


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