Sunday, October 21, 2007

Albert Ellis, Role Model

Here's a dose of Albert:

My first contact with Al served to reinforce his image in my mind as the Lenny Bruce of psychotherapy. I was a doctoral student attending my 1st APA convention in 1980 or 81s. Al was one of four presenters on a symposium on the interface of religion and psychotherapy. The presenter before Al delivered an eloquent plea for the inescapable confluence of spirituality and psychotherapy. Quite moving and uplifting. Al then stood up and said as his opening line: “Religion and psychotherapy: I say fuck it!” Half the crowd gasped in horror and half of the crowd roared its approval. An atheist suggesting that a belief in God was an irrational idea.

Al Ellis: Courageous and Integrative Empiricist by John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

Steve Jobs Style cf to Young Stalin?

"Much to Lenin’s surprise, Stalin submitted a brilliant position paper on party policy toward nationalities within the Russian empire. The killer really was an intellectual, and certainly no bureaucrat. Mr. Montefiore notes, shrewdly, that 'everything with Stalin was political, but he worked in an eccentric, structureless, unbureaucratic, almost bohemian style that would not have succeeded in any other government, then or now.' " Yeah, maybe not gov't style, but what about the modern corporation?

The Dictator as a Young Poet-Thug (NYT Book Review)

Actually WWII was largely fought by leaders who had weird personal habits: watercolorists, nightowls, salami-eating pseudo vegetarians--so I am not sure about this claim. But I did think of The Steve running circles around his non-New Balance wearing competitors when I read the lines above.

Based on the photo of glamourous young Stalin with his New Romantics hairdo, the moral bankrupcy inherent in Sexy Che Guevara icon -tshirts looks less like an aberration and more like the norm.

I can definitely see this portrait of Stalin making it as a t-shirt among the Young and Useless.

Fucking primates are retarded.

While I am on this tangent, I highly recommend Spain's comix bio of Stalin featured in Arcade #4 about a zillion years ago. I can't find a direct link, but go hit the comics bins, this one is worth it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Shmuley Explains it All For You

Shmuley has some good ideas, even if I feel distant from religious Judaism at the moment. The same way that Buddhist values find their way into everyday discourse, Jewish values are similarly worth spreading.
Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

No Posting Day

It's been a while and it will be a while more, but probably my next posting will be a link to some of my own drawings...

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Harriet The Spy or The Phantom Notebook

SO, I lost a Moleskin like the one pictured above. It had about 3 weeks worth of notes, journal entries, doodles, random contacts. Most info was mentioned at least in passing on this blog, all contacts (that I can think of) were contacted.

Notetaking as a tool is valuable. But I am finding that I am able to reconstruct most of what was important to jot down. The act of writing imprints the event to some extent. Also, I am using the Moleskin Shuffle, with 64 pages each, that is not like having to reconstruct a 200 page journal, is it?

Still, I fucked up. Where is the damn thing anyway? Is someone reading it somewhere in this city, cracking up? Or I did write something as inflammatory as "What kind of person doesn't like tomato sandwiches?" that will lead to my downfall??? Is there some vital information that the Russians weren't supposed to get?

The Phantom Notebook is having an interesting half-life as a lesson in impermanence and memory. Making me retrace the events and thoughts in a way that is different from the way they show up on this blog.

Still, if anyone finds this damn thing, would you email me already? Cash reward, no questions asked.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

1966 Batman + Frank Miller Mashup

Amazing. More here.

"Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall."

"Well, I wake in the morning,
Fold my hands and pray for rain.
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane."
Bob Dylan

Today's Shemini Atzeret, so I wound up at CBST for Yizkor. Of course, we do the ancient prayer for rain afterwards. It's 83 degrees & humid in NYC on Oct. 4, so that is the least we need to pray for. We need autumn weather.

Here is a great digression on the etymology of the Prayer for Rain, (tefillat ha-geshem).

The Maggie's Farm lyrics were the ones that spontaneously erupted while en route this a.m.