Infinite Crisis/Infinite Opportunity: Me + Phil Jimenez on Reimagining Creativity and Power

27 Jan
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What would you do if you had superpowers? And why is the answer for comic book heroes always, “beat some asshole up and send him to jail!” Why do our imaginations seem to turn so often to just, sort of, tidying up all the bad stuff. Couldn’t we dream bigger?

I had to investigate this weird imaginative limit, so I called up one of the most imaginative people I’m friends with, comic book writer/artist/creator, Phil Jimenez. Phil is probably best known for his work on Wonder Woman, and for being one of the first mainstream comic creators to talk about being gay. He’s also worked with creative warlock Grant Morrison, has drawn Spider-Man, created Otherworldand he teaches illustration.

Phil and I go all over the place here, but we’re always circling the potential of creativity pjand trying to avoid the word “power.” Why is everything framed in terms of power, anyway? To that end, we talk about Tempest, a DC character he revamped, Chris Claremont’s X-Men (particularly the Siege Perilous story lines and the Asgardian Wars – but don’t worry, you don’t have to speak comic geek to get it, we lay it out), the difference between collections of comics and absorbing the content of comics, and more.

Of course, it all relates back to the world at hand: Where many people are just learning to be heroes now. We’ve got all this creativity available to us at all times. So now what?

There’s a little mismatch between the audio and the video; I’m working on upgrading all my stuff, so if you have any desire to help me get better equipment, hit me up. In the meantime, I’m working out the best way to turn these videos – including the one I just did with Caitlin Doughty, the poetry reading by Martin Pousson, and my discussion with Dr. Chris Donaghue – into downloadable MP3s. I HAVE an Mp3 for this one, but I’m working out the best way to offer it as a downloadable file. Does that mean I’ll be a podcaster? Ahhhhh!

The Little Death and the Big One, Too: Me + Death Expert Caitlin Doughty

19 Jan

mecLife starts with sex and ends with death, and the middle is basically just lots of thoughts about both. These are fundamental aspects of being human, yet serious considerations of either are too often left out of our politics, our revolutions, and even our most passionate efforts to recreate our world.

So, okay, I invited my friend, the death expert Caitlin Doughty, over to talk. Caitlin is a trailblazer in the death positive movement, a mortician, and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory.

First we filmed a quick, fun video for her channel – Our 3 tips for how to have a better relationship with death and with sex in 2017.

But Caitlin and I wanted to keep going. So we had this longer and more in-depth discussion, which you can watch below. We talked about how we can use sex and death in our politics and activism, how to conceive of your own death, sexually radical thinkers like sex magician Paschal Beverly Randolph and utopianist Charles Fourier,some guy named Donald Trump, Darwin’s Worms, and more.

This video is part of my yearlong effort to radiate a sense action, excitement, and creativity in the world we live in now. This month, it culminates in my online course, Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy, which you can sign up for here!

Follow Caitlin on twitter, and buy her book. And also, expect more from us together in the future!

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“Tower of Power: A Poem for Donald Trump” by Martin Pousson

13 Jan

martins-armsMy friend Martin Pousson is an amazing writer. Author of, among other things, the profoundly strange and disturbing magical memoir Black Sheep Boy (Rare Bird Books, 2016).

Plus, look at Martin’s arms.

Also, Martin’s an amazing poet, and when he gives readings of fiction, memoir, or poetry, it’s always performative in the best possible way.

When I heard he’d written a, um, rather graphic poem about Donald Trump, how could I resist? I had to have him come over to and  read it so we could share it with you. It’s part of my push in 2017 to show all the irreverent ways we can resist, create, and radiate power to one another, which culminates this month in my online course, Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy, which you should sign up for so we can do this work together.

The poem originally appears here in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Follow Martin on twitter, and buy his latest book, Black Sheep Boy, here.

Decolonize Your Mind with me in my NEW ONLINE COURSE, Radical Undoing! Here’s the trailer!

10 Jan

Resistance is not enough. In a seemingly hopeless culture, we need to decolonize our minds and undo our cultural mindfuck to create a new world. Here’s the trailer for my upcoming live online course + Q&A, Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy! Watch the trailer and/or read the info below, and sign up!

In this course, we’ll tear down our programming piece by piece by uncovering the oppressive elements in our sexualities, views of science, thoughts on spirituality, and ideas about what’s possible…

…and then we’ll reveal new and better pathways for each; transforming our inner lives; and creating new possibilities for ourselves and, by extension, the world we live in.

Join me in this one-session-only, live, online workshop + Q&A on how to rework your inner life into a more sexual, radical, spiritual, and contemplative position, so you can see, act in, and create change in the world differently.

Together, we will:

  • Look at the links between sex and power, and how having a better attitude about sex, as well as how you have sex, can affect our culture
  • Uncover the hidden history of evolutionary biology and show how our current ideas of selfish genes, natural competition, and random genetic mutation are really just capitalist economics in disguise
  • Examine how radical art, including pornography, can dislodge old, harmful thoughts that are holding us back
  • Reexamine nature and challenge both the industrial exploitation of nature and shallow environmentalism
  • Show how indigenous studies and the philosophy of radical anthropology rightly defy current modes of resistance and demand more of us
  • Find the value of the occult and magick in the context of changing the world and banishing the old institutions of power
  • Find the radical core of postmodern philosophies and critical theory, and how to make it actionable, dynamic, and alive in your mind and the world

The course will be a fun, accessible, irreverent lecture, followed by a Q&A where we can all engage. And If you can’t attend the day of, or if you want to watch the lecture again, you’ll have exclusive ticket holder access to a recording of the course for 90 days.

On a personal note: this class is going to draw on everything I’ve learned in my 39 years of being, studying science, practicing the occult, being a sex worker, and more. With so many people depressed about the inauguration of a new President, so let’s make ourselves ready for the world. Let’s change ourselves, radically undo our inner oppressive and repressive aspects, decolonize our minds, and then bring all that back to bear on our culture.

Can’t attend the day or time of the event? No problem – every ticket gets you exclusive 90-day access to a recording of the entire session!

Here we go.

Chaos Magician + Renegade Anthroposophist = Podcast

5 Jan

IMG_4011Happy to announce I’m the first guest of 2017 on one of my favorite podcasts, Rune Soup, hosted by author and occultist, Gordon White. (If you want to skip past this stuff, just scroll down to the podcast.)

I found Gordon through a series of synchronicities: Last year, I spoke to an occulty friend of mine in San Francisco after three years of not communicating (nothing bad, we just sort of dropped out of each other’s lives). “Conner, you’ve got to read this book called The Chaos Protocols! It’s a completely new take on the economic climate and how to engage with money and the world we live in now,” he said. Or something to that effect.

I trust my friend’s taste, but to be honest, I did what I often do when people recommend stuff to me – I  thought, “Sure, sure. Another magick book. I’ll get to it in 2052.”

Later that day, I turned on a podcast that I love and am often happily frustrated by, Skeptiko, hosted by Alex Tsakiris (you may remember my conversation about scientific knowledge with Alex from December 2014). The guest? None other than Gordon White. It was a great interview.

Okay, okay, I’ll look this guy up. When I checked twitter, I saw that we followed each other. Huh? I had no memory of following him, nor of him following me. He must have just tweeted something awesome and I instinctively hit the Follow button. A few months later, I’d read The Chaos Ptotocols (it’s excellent, as are his other books, Star.Ships and Pieces of Eight) appeared on Episode 24 of his podcast, Rune Soup (which is also the name of his excellent occult-meets-politics website), and was becoming fast friends with Gordon.

My second appearance is even better than the first, in my opinion. We talk about 2017, gwwhy you shouldn’t despair, what the state of the world can mean for us spiritually, why it’s important to decolonize our thoughts, the power of forgiveness, and more. It’s all part of my work this year to radiate empowerment to you, dear reader, dear viewer, dear friend. This includes my upcoming online course, Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy (sign up!); which I talk about on the podcast.

Let’s become the prisms through which inspiration, imagination, and creative engagement refract and illuminate.

Here’s the podcast! Enjoy!

HUGE SALE on Writing Coaching! + New Course for 2017

19 Dec

Hey hey folks, 2016 turning into 2017. No bang, no whimper, this isn’t the end, a new beginning is waiting for us. Awesome. So let’s finish the year and ring in the new one with some good news! 

I’m offering a huge sale on my Writing Coaching Services!

Buy any service:

between 12/19 – 12/31 and get 10% off!

Buy any writing packages:

between 12/19 – 12/31 and get 15% off!

Stop putting off your dream of writing, writing more, writing better, getting published, and achieving your dream. Hire me, get it started, and Get. It. Done.

NEW COURSE

insideAlso in the good news camp: I have a new online course in 2017 that you can register for now! Radical Undoing: Decolonize Your Mind with Sex, Science, the Occult, and Philosophy is scheduled for January 22nd. You can think of it as an antidote to the pain of Inauguration weekend; a way to see hope in an otherwise unhopeful moment. More on the course in upcoming blog posts, but for now, you can check it out here!

After the year turns over, check back for my best of 2016, which I always post in 2017, since you never know what amazing things are going to happen in the last few weeks of an amazing year. And yes, I do think it was an amazing year!

Big love,

CH