I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR FORTHCOMING OCTOPUS OVERLORDS. Because we humans don't deserve this planet.

In this novel by Ray Nayler, "...Humankind discovers intelligent life in an octopus species with its own language and culture, and sets off a high-stakes global competition to dominate the future."


I'm going to "meet" Mike Watt, bassplayer for Iggy on many things...and bassist of Firehose and the Minutemen...when he interviews me on Feb 3 for his podcast. He's interested in my album with Jerry King, ESCAPE FROM GRAVITY. And other things too. If you don't know of him, Mike is that super intense bassplayer you see in videos of Iggy and the Stooges reunion shows. With James Williamson. To see Mike's awards check wikipedia.

cloudoverjupiter.bandcamp.com/

There's a Hindu legend about astral parasites called the Akishra. Ghostly, unseen worms, they grow big as boas; they feed on addicts: Alcoholics, drug addicts, gambling addicts, even gluttons. You can have several on you, like those chains that Marley could not feel in life, and not know it. As a former drug addict, to me they're a symbol of addiction dynamics--they grow as the addiction does. I used it in my novel (as a symbol and a plot point)...

amazon.com/Wetbones-John-Shirl

Once a young woman was in the punk rock scene in Portland OR. Her and her bff had horrible & wonderful adventures there, on and off drugs, then traveled to LA and Europe, also on and off drugs, to have more horrible and wonderful adventures. Then the young woman crumbled into a mental hospital for a while. Lately she won a poetry award & wrote an acclaimed memoir, POSSUMS RUN AMOK. And it's a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

bookshop.org/p/books/possums-r

Boston’s ‘Embrace’ holds fast to the whitewashed view of MLK

"First of all, one would not immediately know that the statue, a work of public art that is meant to be an homage to King, and by extension to his activism, depicts the Rev. Martin Luther Jr. and Coretta Scott King at all. The sculpture appears to not have any indication of race; these could be anyone’s hands."

washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

RIP DAVID CROSBY. A friend of mine has died. David Crosby. Of the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, and solo artistry. Everybody knows about his history so I guess it doesn't blow his anonymity to say that we went to NA and AA meetings together. He helped me with my recovery--he was an appreciator of my books. Anyway, another old friend who's died before I got a chance to reconnect. Let that be a lesson.

rollingstone.com/music/music-n

One of the great New Wave science fiction writers, Norman Spinrad, is my old friend and I'm so glad to see he's back in the field with a cover story in Asimov's. Rudy Rucker in the same issue!

We watched the movie THE WOMAN KING with the great Viola Davis. One of the best movies I've seen in several years. It's about the woman warriors in Dahomey in West Africa in 1823. It's action filled but a fine drama too. Is it historically accurate? Not particularly. Though the slave trade was much as depicted. The Agojie women warriors were quite real, though. They didn't likely have this martial arts style of fighting, but they were badass. Here's an image of one from the period.

Years ago a cyberpunk trilogy came out, which has recently been noted for its prescience. This science-fiction thriller predicted certain technologies--like the ones behind deepfake videos and a particular use of drones that's come true but it's main theme was *political*. It described a 21st century descent into neo-fascism; white supremacy gaining power partly through media distortion. It described an American theocracy. It's still in print. The author was...

store.doverpublications.com/04

"Susan Schulten explores the pioneering work of Emma Willard (1787–1870), a leading feminist educator whose innovative maps of time laid the groundwork for the charts and graphics of today."

Apparently she believed in creationism-- in those days it was just a sort of assumption--but apart from that, how wonderful are her MAPS OF TIME.

publicdomainreview.org/essay/e

Looking for something else I stumbled on this photo piece about unusual bird's nests. Some I knew about, some I didn't. I admire bird's nests and as many I follow here are bird fanciers...Is there a sort of bird for every personality a human can be? Some are robins, some are vultures? Some are pigeons, some are hawks? A native American once told me I was a hummingbird. At that time in my life, it was an apt description. Now I'm trying to go full owl.

ripleys.com/weird-news/strange

From my favorite website, Public Domain Review:

Ellen Harding Baker's “Solar System” Quilt (1876–ca. 1883)

Two years after a naked-eye comet pierced the blanket of night in the spring of 1874, Ellen Harding Baker (1847–1886) began a near decade-long project to bring the stars farther down to Earth: an appliqué quilt depicting the solar system, complete with a green-tailed comet, its slingshot course plotted around the Sun.

publicdomainreview.org/collect

"Northern California statue of meat-packing magnate beheaded"

Will angry meat-packing-magnate fans call it "Vegan terrorism"?

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