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[26 Jun 2008|01:03pm]

Here's a great summer read for teenage girls - I read first it in seventh grade and loved it; now I'm entering college and I still think it's brilliant. Everything is written in free verse, with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.

(The video is only a minute long; make sure to turn up the sound.)

Happy reading!
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Blues4Kali- ExperiMental Existentialism for the End Times [27 Jan 2007|11:02pm]

[ mood | creative ]

What will Winter Solstice bring in 2012?
...an instant of Karma? ...an ethereal spiral dance of the collective soul? ... cosmic judgment leveled against civilization's expanse? ...destruction of the world as we know it? ...a chance for a new start? ...the rise and the revenge of the Goddess? or simply another day in the life of paranoia?
These are the false prophesies that your pastor warned you about!

Reality Exchange Program

"Makes DMT seem like a whip-it."

Crazy Bear said there'd be days like this. As usual, no one believed him. Now, all I want to know is: where IS that lifeboat, and how DO I ditch this ship of fools, without any of these bliss ninnies noticing that I'm already gone?

Captain, my ass. We are equal in this sea of madness.

That iceberg is looking awfully big.

Amana Mission is on a quest to save the world, and the only problem is, she can't remember why she got involved with such an obvious scam in the first place. Jesus saves. Christ. What a loser.

Kali kills first, and recycles later.

Hitchhikers, load up for a ride to the Other Side. You may wish you had gone Greyhound.

"What the...?"

*A cranky band of prankster peace warriors who absolutely cannot resist messing with each other's minds, no matter the cost.

*Cocky alchemy-dabbling quantum surfers, navigating the Ethersphere with hand-held computers, switching timelines to find a better party vibe and swap tips about the best temporary toilets for use as interdimensional portals.

*A burnt-out visionary hippie millionaire on a mission from Gaia to build a better "communitopia" by underwriting a convoy carrying telepathic priestesses.

*A wheelchair-bound mindpilot propelling a crystal-powered Seed Bank toward the post-Apocalyptic Garden, with psychic precision...and a predilection for high-velocity extreme driving.

*Hermaphrodite time-jumper fleeing a fate worse than death.

*Anarchist ghettoes where anything goes-except escape.

*Ancient Principals vying like sweatsoaked carpetbaggers for our loyalty as the Final Vote is tallied.

*Long-haired security patrols collecting a cannabis tribute tax from all pilgrims to the Valley of Fun.

*And an underground meat mafia bringing a black magic revival to a bloodless dreamworld gone bland.

All brought together by a secret psychedelic superdrug that tunes users in to reality through the eyes of another archetypal avatar inhabiting a different state of space and time. Mahayana made easy. Budding Buddha natures are running amuck on a virtual superhighway where all roads lead to the Bo tree and singularity.

Twenty-first century Tantra is about more than sex, drugs, and
rock and roll.Confronting the Karma of every wasted breath is only the first step.

Welcome to the End Times. Kali awaits. She already knows who you are.

Do you?

The 21st century counterculture is even weirder than it appears on the surface. This is not your mommy’s MTV Road Rules.

Ride along on this mesmerizing, metaphor-packed bus trip toward ecstasy and enlightenment, as three real-time guides-Amana, Sissy, and Deva, let you in on what they learned when they asked what It was really all about, after all.

Become them for a multilevel metafictional tour of infinity and awaken yourself to the miracle-a-minute magic of mighty Mother Kali!

Read Online Novel Blues 4 Kali at www.blues4kali.com

2012 Prophecies

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What to read [01 Sep 2005|09:42pm]

I made a service and think you may like it.
It allows you to store list of books you read and/or recommend, using tags to categorize the list.
Then you can see what other people are reading in categories of your interest, e.g. it's like del.icio.us for books.
Service is only starting, so don't expect too much too fast :) but eventually it will become more and more usable as more people add their books there.
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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk [26 Sep 2002|12:43pm]

[ mood | rushed ]

For those of you readers expecting a twisted sequel of urban rebellion as told by a witty duo of divergent personalities - you may be in for a bit of a disappointment - as Lullaby dulls the literary prowess of our hero, the author of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk. Lullaby, a novel built around a horror novelty reminiscent of earlier works of Stephen King or what may have been a rejected pilot not up to Rod Sterling's standards for The Twilight Zone, is tragically little better than grocery store paperback reading.

Faced with a journalistic assignment investigating a series of Sudden Infant Death cases, the protagonist of the novel Carl Streator discovers a (oh-so-unexpected) link between the deaths. A book of poems and lullabies open to the same page in each of the victims' familys' possession. Needless to say, with little effort the rest of the novel falls into place as Mr. Streator takes advantage of the killer lullaby and eventually teams up with others interested in abusing its power for their own interests. With virtually no twists nor turns the entirety of this novel was barely enough to keep me awake on my lunch break, narrations of post mortem and free-floating sexual encounters attempt to salvage the readers interest whenever the plot hit bottom. This objective: failed.

I would suggest avoiding Lullaby as to preserve Palahniuk's place on the little pedastool in your head. If you must dig deeper into his literary ability, try Choke which received far less bitter, unimpressed reviews from its critics.

Stay tuned for my next book review of the internationally controversial autobiographical novel The Sexual Life Of Catherine M.. Written in the first person by esteemed French art critic Catherine Millet and most recently featured in the last Stranger. I have much higher hopes for this book, what I've read so far is quite perversely pleasing, so keep an eye out for my next review in rocknrollbookz!!

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[27 Nov 2002|01:43pm]

So here's the deal kids...
For those of you who have kept rocknrollbookz on your friends list, we salute you! And we wish to inform you that, with new and improved access to reading material, there indeed will be new treats available to you in the rocknrollbooks community, including: book reviews, reccomendations and upcoming Seattle literary events. So stay tuned for a review of Chuck Palahniuk's new release "Lullaby," and thanks for standing by your bookworms!
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Me Tarzan, You Jane Goodall... Let's Make Crazy Monkey Babiez! [02 Dec 2001|09:35pm]

[ mood | impressed ]

Anthropology has motivated me to read into various primate studies... I found this current book "Understanding Chimpanzees" published by the Harvard Press, at our college library, and it turned out to be an extremely interesting find. The introduction is written by Jane Goodall while the book itself is a compilation of over 30 authors, all prestigous anthropologists, psychologists and so forth who have done significant research with Chimpanzees.

I find the observations and individual case studies of these chimpanzees SOOOOO fascinating it's NOT EVEN FUNNY. I dunno what's wrong with me, all of a sudden I'm just engrossed in this study, it's completely compelling. I think most of you would be surprised just how similar Chimps and Humans are, socially, psychologically, genetically... etc.

Examples of infanticide, depression, cannibalism, inter-species conflict, sibling rivalry, hereditary psychosis, residual impact after death, voluntary isolation, anti-social behavior and much more, have all been observed and explained in this book. It is beyond interesting, it's a reflection of ourselves in an endangered species almost genetically identical to ourselves. I highly recommend picking it up sometime.

While I was at the library, i couldn't help but pick up "Dora : An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria with Three Case Histories" by Sigmund Freud. I am simultaneously reading about the human psyche and that of the chimps, though I haven't decided which is more disturbing. The book is very informative to those interested in psychology and Freudian theory, though it is written almost entirely in medical terms and therefore may leave a few dead ends to the casual reader. I am thoroughly pleased with this selection thus far, but have only just begun... so i'll fill you guys in later. ROCK!

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[01 Dec 2001|06:56pm]

[ mood | formalized and systematic ]

I've finally gotten around to reading Goedel, Escher, Bach by Hofstadter. I am thorougly captivated and have found very few of his arguments to be in any way uncompelling. Also, he's witty and easy to follow, which really helps when dealing with the scope of subject matter he deals with. Exactly what is that subject matter? It's hard to say. Something along the lines of "the fundamental issues/problems in human thought/philosophy, and how they are encountered again and again in the works of K. Goedel, M.C. Escher, and J.S. Bach." I'm only 150 or so pages into it, but so far self-referentiality, self-awareness, recursion, and things of that ilk seem to be the dwelling points.

More to come when I'm further through it, unless you all think I'm a wad for spewing forth about this seminally name-dropped, buzzword-ridden, lofty-aimed work. If that's the case, then you can all go wonk yourselves because I think it's great.

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