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Replacing my blog at http://pablosmoglives.wordpress.com


Wonderland Covered In Tar

28 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

  Wonderland Covered In Tar   lost in the weird boiling brew of ethereal goo, the primordial suitcase of single-celled shirts and bacterial shoes   where stars are mistaken for planes, madness for brains stagnation for change   where doors creak ope...

Salvation Through Music

17 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Music became my refuge then my salvation."  Lena Horne   There's an early scene in American Hustle in which Amy Adams and Christian Bale are gushing about Duke Ellington.  Their characters share a great deal of enthusiasm about his music, and one of...

My Kerouac & Garland Year

13 Apr 2021 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

“I've always taken The Wizard of Oz very seriously, you know.  I believe in the idea of the rainbow.  And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it. ”  Judy Garland I made a video a few months ago titled "Showpeoples' Prayer," but I never poste...

Declaration of Cultural Autocracy

30 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

In this era of fake demonic idiot-pop, monosyllabic children's strip-club music, retro-progressive cultural devolutionism, and Kanye West, I have decided to secede from the Union and declare myself the warlord of a cultural banana republic. I hereby...

The Fire Will Burn Your Laughter Away

19 Jan 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

  The Fire Will Burn Your Laughter Away   whatever you do, whatever you say, the fire will burn your laughter away   myriad lunatics, legion of swine, screaming at mountaintops from gutters and crying, writing your epitaph in powder and clay, the fi...

Letter To Powell's Books

17 Jan 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

As you may be aware, Antifa is starting fights outside of Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, over a book with the subtitle "Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy."  It isn't clear whether or not the fights are intended to convince the ge...

Fake Christians Can't Be Real Artists

11 Jan 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I thought I'd already addressed this issue, and indeed I have.  In June I wrote an article inspired by the story of some Christian bandleader who "lost his faith" titled Fake Christians, Fake Music.  You can read it here if you like: https://www.publ...

An Optimistic Fairytale

10 Dec 2020 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days came out in 1995, and is an interesting snapshot of the ethos of the era.  Widely considered a dystopian film, or worse, "prescient" of a dystopian future, what it actually shows (probably unwittingly) is how united peo...

Pride vs. Strength

7 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Pride is not strong, and strength is not proud.  Pride and strength are opposites. Strength does not declare itself. Strength tests itself. Strength does not feel the need for the approval of others.   Pride depends on the approval of others.  It dec...

Good Art vs. Sick Content

30 Nov 2020 4 minute read 4 comments Nathan Payne

During the Myspace years, I was once informed that I had "sick content."  Obviously a compliment, I was nevertheless as amused by this Millennial colloquialism as I was flattered by it.  Age is not an issue for me.  However, there is a fine line betw...