Monday, June 25, 2012

Beat Generation Tarot

Beat Tarot

The Fool: Neal Cassady
The Magus: John Clellon Holmes
High Priestess: Joanne Kyger
The Empress: Carolyn Cassady
The Emperor: Kenneth Rexroth
The Heirophant: William Burroughs
The Lovers: Allen Ginsberg
The Chariot: Alan Watts
Strength: Herbert Huncke
The Hermit: Peter Orlovsky
Wheel of Fortune: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Justice: LeRoi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka)
The Hanged Man: Jack Kerouac
Death: Lucien Carr
Temperance: Diane DiPrima
The Devil: Norman Podhoretz
The Tower: Joyce Johnson
The Star: Wally Hedrick
The Moon: Hettie Jones
The Sun: Gregory Corso
Judgement: Michael McClure
The World: Gary Snyder

Sunday, June 24, 2012

LOTR vs. Atlas Shrugged?

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

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Tori Amos Tarot Attributions

The Fool - I have to learn to let you crash down... Where are the velvets when you're coming down?
The Magician - This is not really happening. You bet your life it is.
The High Priestess - These tears I've cried, I've cried 1000 Oceans... and I would cry 1000 more if that's what it takes to sail you home.
The Empress - She's chasing tornados: I'm just waiting calmly.
The Emperor - Thunder wishes it could be the snow. Wishes it could be as loud as she can be. These gifts are here for her, for you, for me.
The Hierophant - God sometimes you just don't come through... I gotta find why you always go when the wind blows.
The Lovers - He's getting in too deep in Underwater City where she swims and swims.
The Chariot - I took a taxi from LA to Venus... And then when it all seemed clear, just then you go and disappear.
Strength - I got me some horses to ride on as long as your army Keeps perfectly still.
The Hermit - Sometimes I hear my voice and it's been here: Silent All These Years.
Wheel of Fortune - Test my tether to see if I'm still free.
Justice - you still look pretty when you're putting the damage on.
The Hanged Man - Why do we crucify ourselves every day? / nine inch nails and little fascist panties tucked inside the heart of every nice girl.
Death - They say Confucius does his crossword with a pen.
Temperance - Made my own pretty hate machine... I need a big loan from the girl zone.
The Devil - Father Lucifer you never looked so sane... nothing's gonna stop me from floating.
The Tower - These precious things let them break their hold on me.
The Star - Centuries, secret societies, our commander's still Space Dog.
The Moon - We'll see how brave you are. We'll see how fast you'll be running.
The Sun - You say you don't want it, again and again, but you don't really mean it.
Judgement - I know we're dying and there's no sign of a parachute... so we scream at cathedrals, why can't they be beautiful? Why does there gotta be a sacrifice?
The World - I think it's perfectly clear: we're in the wrong band... don't be afraid to open your eyes.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Keynes on Inflation

Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth. Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become 'profiteers,' who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.
Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.
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