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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Polyamory is a Healthy Option for Polyamorous People

I love one,
I love two...
and I love you and you and you!

You love me
I can see
can you stomach these other three?

I no lie
I am fly
and don't need no cheater's alibi

Tell it to straight
though it sounds queer
I'm polly not wolly
and I am definitely here.

Polyamory is healthy for polyamorous people.
That is a statement that should be palatable, even nourishing.
Instead it is a statement that is more like fried worms, an acquired taste, to those who even dare to think of it.
But not so for poly people. Guess what chillun? Poly people thrive in poly environments.
Homosexuality is healthy for homosexual people.
That is a statement that is less fried worm. It is still somewhat of a weird cheese (smelly and of foreign origin) to many; but indisputably established at the table of normative sex talk.
Non monogamy and swinging too is gaining some street credit.
So, let's pause for a moment and think on it.
Poly exists, poly folk exist. Hmmmmmmm. Born or Bred? Depends on weather you are the toaster!,67118/

Franz Xav von Recorded 500 Fairy Tales in the 1800s. What is NEW in new in these new fairy tales: the YA factor y'all, the YA.

Once upon a time.... when stories mattered more:
Fairy Tales, like Aesop's and the Grimm's brothers', are for children. Right? Wrong. Franz Xaver von Schönwerth recorded the oral traditions of Germany. He was a contemporary of the Grimm's brothers. In fact they said of him that only Mr. Schonwerth might be able to replace them. 
But he was different. He did not put on the airs of literary circles and develop style. He recorded like an ethnologist and to that credit we have some real documents, at least more real than attempted literature. From which many will, I am sure, attempt literature. As it should be though we have the early ingredients and thus some NEW insight.
In the world new is very slight now. All is old and done and boring and here comes Mr. Schonweth's life work hidden away in some aging walls some distance from here to say to us: WAIT it is not all form that. Fairy tales, no, not all medium that is the message. No! The tales are tales to advise and educate young people as to the possiblities and obstacles they will face. Fairy tales are for teen agers and young adults.
Perhaps we should prick up our ears and pick up our pens or laptops and busy ourselves. For we live in strange times. We live in a time of heavy flows of individual freedoms and equally wack amounts of slave mentality. Youth who rarely get to do more than rock out, do take the initiative and make things like Occupy Wall Street happen; they make million dollar enterprises too; they are the real forefront of the future.
So perhaps we can add to their reading diets of Twilight etc some hip modern "This is your world: Monsanto, IMF, cyber connections, poverty and pollution" in a way they can find a role and inform their lives no matter if they choose to be villain or hero or pawn or princess.
Let's see some new fairy tales writers. We need our youth reached. Of course there comes with those words this cautionary note: try not to tell them what to do for they will have information that you might never ever gleam. Just tell the tale to show the kings and the corruption and the hope, not obama hope, but planetary evolution hope.
How wonderful these new fairy tales must be. Cannot wait to read them. 
Look for articles on this from the Gaurdian and others. Google it dear Lisa, dear Henry, et al.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, Reviewed by Poonam Srivastava

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a mouthful of a novel title and a feast of a book. Go out and buy it, take it out of the library, borrow someone’s copy. Read this book about the Dutch East India Company in the harbor of Nagasaki and what that does to the Dutch and the mix of foreigners; and what that does to the Japanese. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by award winning writer David Mitchell, is in fact a novel about the beginnings of and the essence of multinational corporations and the unique twist they bring to the mix of foreigner meet native; occupy your own economy; and the good bad and beautiful and ugly guys that make this world we know go round.
All the good guys and the bad guys are really just guys! Some of the guys are girls! They wield great power or suffer the great power of others but they want simple things: to be loved. Jacob de Zoet goes around the world for the possible hand of his beloved. Jacob is a forensic accountant clerk and the center of the novel. From his clear dreams and schemes at the beginning of the four hundred or so pages that begin in 1799 he goes all the way to the complex tapestry of a man with a son on foreign land in 1819 or so, to an ex Company man back home to his birth-land, a place whose residents will never share the deposits on his soul of another culture, or of the cruelties and heroism of persons in the play of forces set in motion by fools and kings but out of everyone’s control that was the Company. Jacob wants to be loved, as he would love his first born half-Japanese son, or before that the lovely midwife with the half burned face, or after that his much younger trophy bride.
To be loved or to be free: so many of the Dutch East India Company enjoy their status in Dejima and owe their presence there to the hunger and destitution that threw them into the wily will of ship owners and company execs back home. To be loved, to be free, or simply to follow the pursuits of intellect and heart: The Dr. Marinus and his sole female student Orito Abigawa are two such ones whose passion for the science of medicine and herbs take us to the state of medicine complete with bleedings but nuanced with western and eastern herbal knowledge. In Orito we see the state of woman in this man's world. We see her power too as she balances her own needs and desires with the demands of being a healer. As she grows from student, to captive nun/governess, to sought after expert we are privy to a friendship with a woman I would be proud to know.
Then too are those wonderfully nuanced characters that are fueled by the desire to exert the power of their will over others. Enter the most evil landowner despot I have had the pleasure to meet in real life or on the pages of a book: Mr. Enemoto. (Aptly named for me who hears enema in the name of this fecal beast!) In this character's introduction to the story and development we see the complexity of Evil. We see the rationalizations, hear the soft spoken sword of his voice, smell his blood thirst. We shiver at his incredible abuse of religion and his uncanny wizard-esque slight of hand to the other powerful Japanese and to those that live under his power.
The story is fast paced as Mitchell is equally gifted at plot. He turns and twists the tensions in this epic tale with such alacrity that the reader hardly notices as hundreds of pages of print are absorbed. His descriptions of place and the details of time, historic and simply seasonal and temporal, make this book super visual. Before ending this 5 stars out of 5 stars review I must mention his sublime dialogues that give such complex characters individual voice. One cannot imagine Orito Abigawa speaking in another way to Dr. Marinus or Jacob and vise versa.
Do yourself a favor and read this book written by twice nominated for the Mann Booker Prize author David Mitchell. You will travel through time and surf the elements that make the human condition timeless. You will also garner a good solid understanding of what multinational corporatism is essentially from the foundations. Occupy your knowledge base in a most enjoyable way: which is the purvey of story: n’est-ce pas?