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Ghosts Before Breakfast

5 Jan 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"In the future only those who are members of a chamber are allowed to be productive in our cultural life.  Membership is open only to those who fulfill the entrance condition.  In this way all unwanted and damaging elements have been excluded."  Jose...

The Star Fish

3 Jan 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers."  Man Ray   I propose that we start the new year with a dream.  A surreal foray into the beautiful world of the broken heart.  Not in real life, of course.  No way.  I'm not...

The Dancing Pig (is it for real?)

30 Dec 2022 6 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

How oppressed are transgender pigs, really?  Was there ever a time when gay people were tough, maybe even cool?  What was it like in the dark ages, when people had too much self-respect to wear their kink in their Army photos?  Were they afraid to we...

Last Call?

28 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

The Lord put a great burden on my heart for my surviving family yesterday, after talking to a friend in Texas.  I made a phone call this morning that I never thought I would make.  As soon as I hung up, the words "LAST CALL" reverberated through me....

The Little Match Seller

24 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!"John Keats   The Little Match Seller is a 1902 British short silent drama film directed by James Williamson from The Stooges.  It retells the Hans Christian Andersen story of the tragic death of a little...

Riding on the Dotted Line

22 Dec 2022 6 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Tonight, while picking limes from the tree out back so I could prepare my nightly bowl of boots & cream, I decided against watching the news, the amateur battle of the bands that is a proxy war between the heated elite and most of humanity, held in a...

The Ghost of Christmas Lost

17 Dec 2022 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”  Psalm 73:26   Ever find yourself in a place where you need to take your own advice?  Not in a bad way, not even in a humbling way, but in a way that's sim...

Circus of Losers (Redacted)

13 Dec 2022 12 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

One of the greatest regrets of my life is missing the Iggy Pop show at the Vic Theater in Chicago in 1999 or 2000.  I was strung-out on a chick at the time, and spent the night with her, instead of going to see Iggy Pop with my rockabilly friend.  Th...

What Is Psychedelic Gospel?

10 Dec 2022 7 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"It is not sufficientto be innocent—Jesus rhymes with cross"Los Espíritus   How does a band or songwriter traverse the minefield of contradictory, dogmatic absolutes without being torn to shreds by an artistic booby-trap?  How does a soldier, or a si...

From The Land of Rhyming Couplets, I

7 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

From the land of rhyming couplets, I beheld the burning, baleful eye of an omen so beautiful, it caused me to forget my rhyme scheme "He aquí, un caballo pálido," in a field all alone, behold, a pale horse waiting for an angel to untie him Beyond h...