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Amy Winehouse, another Shelf Life victim

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Poor terrific singer Amy. Is it a drug tolerant UK that could be blamed? I’m all for taking what you want into your body, it’s yours, but me thinks that the UK has idealized rapacious drug taking by its talented to the point of it being perhaps too cool. Pete Wolf, an old acquaintance, and a very sweet man, deep inside, has been on and off drugs for a long time, and now sadly is spending prison time for his influence on a Goldsmith gal who died while doing crack under his watch.

What are the answers to the artist/consciousness change/dilemma? Perhaps Andrew Tatarsky, a NY shrink who specializes in Harm Reduction Therapy has some answers…this form of therapy doesn’t require the patient to totally forgo their favorite drug, but to take it slowly and perhaps with the hope that with good talking therapy, be able to withdraw completely. it’s different from AA and may suit certain personalities better.

Last Fall, David Ogrin and I wrote a short musical that was performed at Theatre for the New City, Shelf Life — A Lady Gaga Morality Tale. The premise is that rock stars may need to die by their 27th birthday to remain as famous as they are at their height. It was done as a humorous piece about the idea of fame, but every good astrologer knows that 28/29 is the age of the Saturn Return, when the planet saturn does its first life revollution. If you can make it to that point, you’re in good shape for another 28 years,,,poor Amy.. but she will always be remembered as she was at 27. Who knows what’s the best way to live…

Lady Gaga video:

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July 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

please, america, don’t get more trashy

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We are living in a most amazing time… secrets are being revealed,as the sky is opening to pour light on the darkest corners.. News of the World hacking…ugly, yes…different from the Patriot Act which allowed phone tapping, sure…but where is the line drawn?  To catch a thief, a potential moral creep…who decides? But to do it just for sport and to sell issues…yech, all our hands are dirty. Didn’t people love reading that adorable Hugh Grant was caught with his pants down in a transexual tryst..oh what fun. But when it happens to you or Hugh in this case… I don’t even know if it was News Of The World..but enough is enough. Art holds up a mirror t the world…we are all lovely, scummpy, sometimes cruel, often charming, mess of psyche… why do we have to have our tales trotted out like damaged produce. The only thing that can mend our ragged hems is to recognize ourselves in every stupid and cruel moment that occurs. And then be vigilent to make the corrections.  And do the job. The people who never went into Jaycee Dugard’s back yard were probably lazy, underpaid or maybe overwhelmed with their own problems…but sixty times? That’s a lot of missed opportunities.

And now a Zappo campaign is ready to sell designer clothes with naked models running around on motorcycles… doesn’t  anyone see the connect… provocation leading to endangering the young. And for what end? Not to better understand the beauty of the body, the conflicts in desire, etc. make money.. just to make money.

I was sent a lovely video today of a bunch of people freeing a whale from plastic netting.  They felt great after…the whale responded in kind by giving them a personal water ballet..made me want to slip the netting off my own inhibitions …

Michele Bachmann.. I like the pretzels, and you know the shape  was made by monks…something to do with prayer.. so if you have anything to do with pretzels, keep them coming, but please, running a clinic to dissuade homosexuality throug prayer… come on. You should have just served beer and chips. I’m not making any sense, but either is the world today.



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July 12, 2011 at 1:39 am