June 8th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 13: “Beasts”, Enlightenmentexit, & Barter

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This week on 3 Things we talk about learning to be a beast to better learn how to be a human, whether or not we have as a society given up on the ideas and principles of the Enlightenment, and whether bartering is a viable economic option. Does smelling poop lead to better vision? Can our world continue to exist on a diet of fake news and geopolitical posturing? Would you barter poetry for a nose-hair hairdo? These are just some of the questions we grappled with this week!

 


June 8th, 2017

Manifesto of the Month

The Apocalyptic Manifesto
GBoyer

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Life is always a meeting point for other life. Death is a ruse. Money is a trick. Fear is what you must face and no matter how often you face it, it will not go away as long as you’re still alive, but not facing it is not an option. And the symbols we use to paint the world are only stand-ins for the emotions we use to paint our lives. While all the while, generally speaking, belief is the driving force behind our emotions, and how we see is who we are, and “if we are unable to see then no more you” sort of thing, and when there’s no you then you are easily manipulated by the money-lovers of the universe, and specifically through the use of the binary ruse system involving sex and death with obligation as the cohesion tying this entire faulty belief system together. Wow. I just said that.

 

Because the apocalypse is coming, dear friend, and no matter how hard you try to prepare yourself, you will not be prepared. There is no manual, and no obnoxious commander-in-chief will protect you from the coming s**tstorms of the already-erupted kaleidoscope of vomit we call our rapidly devolving environment, and so we need to reach out for each other as the winds swirl about our heads. Punching each other in the belly and back will only lead to the entire species flung off into the abyss, and nobody wants that—except perhaps for a few snarky bureaucrats hoping to make a few bucks off this erased future of ours.

 

Best case scenario? The cult literature and movies of yesteryear are the masterpieces we will pore over in the trash heaps of tomorrow. And we are currently writing each for our own individual cults, whether they be of an intersectional variety or the cult of capitalism, but we all increasingly just speak to our tribes in the hopes that our tribe is going to win the day, when no one wins at the end of this already evaporating day, and instead, in our efforts to speak primarily to our particular tribes, we are only becoming more tribe-like. But that having been said… I don’t want you to stop being tribe-like; I just want you to stop trying to win the day. Or rather, embrace the cult! Embrace your holy family! But understand that your cult will never save you, no matter how much you plead the future to leave your lawn untouched—as the world spirals into itself wildly, and our lives become as moot in the larger general firestorm of the geopolitical wondershow, and our children cease to have footing to take their next step in a history is not ended, but ending. It’s not that we are living at the end of history as our post-modern predecessors so gleefully pronounced, but in an ending of history as we know it, as our Mayan predecessors predicted with far less glee.

 

The ever-increasing annihilation of rival cultures—through effective deployment of the super-ideologies of the world—and our eyes become distracted by the glittering screen as our many internal voices are always hiding deeper within the growing shadows of this monoculture as it moves toward the abyss with the lethargic apathy of bureaucracies everywhere—while we also are stating the most outlandish of ponderables in the tones of the helpless while simultaneously snickering at ourselves with the most heartless of snickers, and the end is nigh become a fashion statement, because fashions are always ending—but there is one fashion that proves eternal, the fashion for the ending of things—and we are indeed witnessing an ending upon the earth—but what is ending and what will it’s ending lead to. This is the question that our apocalyptic literature asks. Where do you go after the end of the world?

 

To be nothing but a nothing that is.

 

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May 27th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 12: EST, The Good Life, & Dream Science

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This week on 3 Things, we go from EST and other cults, both real and imaginary, to what it means to live a good life, from the purchase of high quality steaks to being nice to people—how are these two ways of thinking the same and how different—to dream science, and our own ideas of dreams. “I’m creating my own nightmare.” So says Gabe. Join us for yet another kooky bit of conundrumery while we discuss things that we have no right discussing.

 


May 11th, 2017

Apocryphal Histories of the Parasite

Myself From a Great Height (Pt3)
Luther Phillips

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As we end this installment of Jackson Cole’s face-off with the beyond, the obfuscuting darkness has only become more infuriatingly bright. How are we to judge this lost junkie? Searching for answers to questions he hasn’t thought to ask? Stumbling into rooms without any clear dimension. Walking down streets invaded by the cannibalists among us. Where will he end up? And why did he have to end up there?

 


April 26th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 11: Enhancement, Emotions, and Spaces

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This week for Three Things, we talk about drugs that enhance our ability to count and not sleep, Gabe’s idea of the 4 basic emotions, which turns out to also have been someone else’s idea, which fact Gabe cannot accept, and places we’ve lived and would like to live—from industrial spaces filled with raw sewage to the unfinished homes of our youth and everywhere in between. We’re crapping on each other’s souls this week. Enjoy!

 


April 19th, 2017

Return to the Secret Fort
Scott Rooker

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[Below is a story, but there is also a song that accompanies this story by a person from another story entirely, whose name is Wolfman, and who is performing with the band T.K.O. Hit Parade. Is there a connection between these two imagined timelines? Where does one story end? At what point does the other begin?]

 

 

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The Woods, 1909

 

Our secret fort deep in the woods, was a real work in progress.  It smelled like piss.  Our gang was made up of neighborhood riff raff.  Roger was the oldest, then came Benny, myself, and a boy we referred to as, The Jew.  Each of us had our own special gift.  Roger had charisma.  Benny had the strength of an ox. I had the smarts.  The Jew was a talented artist.  For a penny, he would draw you whatever you wanted.

 

We kept our dirty pictures and a series of cuss words in a hole we had dug where we also kept our communal cigarettes, and cologne which we used to cloak the scent.

 

One grey Saturday, Roger reached into that hole, and much to his surprise there was nothing there.  Our pack of Piedmont cigarettes was gone.  We suspected a rival gang of nicking our contraband.

 

“They have done a dastardly deed, in a dastardly way!” Said Roger.

 

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April 16th, 2017

The Bedroom Theater Dispatch

The Bedroom Theater Variety Show: 1

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The show below, pasted between two nights of Bedroom Theater, features avant punk musical stylings, a monologue of a teenage girl flowering as a multi-dimensional lifeform in the abyss, candid unplugged versions of classic songs from Mutable’s Glitter Tracks [by the Box Kites] and No Place to Die [by Normal Feelings], as well as a few brand-new numbers, a four-person retelling of The Nightingale by Hans Christian Anderson, and a recorded round table discussion of contemporary politics. Enjoy!

 


April 16th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 10: Flow, Plastic Surgery, Visionaries

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This week we talk about flow, what it is, and whether it’s really all that good of a thing, alternative forms of plastic surgery—for example, will people ever carve themselves into perfect replicas of pigs? Does it make sense to turn our noses upside down? And megalomaniacs as the drivers of progress, and whether or not madmen are the drivers of change, and specifically… what’s up with Walt Disney?