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    theaptSHOWS

    March 4, 2013

    please, tell me if i’m wrong about this… as soon as there were cave dwellers, there were cave drawings. and as soon as there were cave drawings, there were storytellers. and as soon as there were storytellers, there were myth-makers. and the myths they made spoke of the unknown, of gods looking at us, judging us and deciding we could not be left alone. that is when the myth-makers discovered their power, when they understood that they could influence, guide and have authority over others as they told those amazing stories, especially if they involved aspects supernatural, aspects that could not be satisfyingly explained for they had no documented context and, most importantly, could not be proven wrong by empirical study. the greeks believed their dreams to have been transmitted during the night by the gods telling them what to do. the romans had the demiurge, a very, very tall man, who could actually reach into the heavens, talk to the gods and relay their messages back down to mere mortals. we have pat robertson, granted a diminished source of wisdom but still, all-in-all, a myth-maker in his own right. all of them, not merely content with transmission but requiring obedience without investigation. what once was wonder was turned into indispensable certainty in one or another’s story and the exclusion of the others’, to the detriment of peace. that was the beginning of faith.

    could the motivation for such an unreasonable approach be the simple, base, human need for control? i think so. control over ourselves, over our own fears, certainly. but then, still, our lives are just too damn hard, aren’t they? it was too hard then and it is too hard now not to have a safety net. and religion, as it eventually became known, is quick to provide one, which it does elegantly because it is so rich with stories, so rich with characters, so rich with lessons, with morality, with not-so-white lies. religion tries to do what art had done before it, to rationalize what keats romantically called “negative capability,” the wish to find a way for us to live with the unexplainable. art does so much, with so much more humility as it attempts, with mere interpretation of the world, to show us that which cannot be shown, daring us to look beyond form. art shows us, by nature, that there are parts of this world we cannot see, but it does so without vanity because it dares not name that which it cannot know, it dares not draw its face. the very opposite of the religious approach, on the whole.

    that is why i will go ahead and keep drawing, playing, choosing colors and camera angles in order to fill the void left by the original confusion and wish you an equally artful week!

    February 4, 2013

    manifesto

    as penn jillette once remarked… “The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, without God, what’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero.” see, atheists do have moral codes, they are just self-defined and applied. and alain de botton has just the list for you disbelievers of unbelievers, a perfect way to start the week, don’t you think?…

    June 22, 2009

    sure, the above “truth rundown” put together by the studious and fearless reporters at the st. petersburg times is scary in what it promises to reveal about the church of scientology’s methods. but as i was clicking through the links, to see if i could cure my reactive mind, i encountered a far scarier report, the videos on the scientology website itself… look at this inside the church one for example, it starts all happy and multi-cultural and come on over and shit and gradually goes into scarier and scarier territory as it talks about the auditing process and some kind of machine with VU meters that tests if you’re a fuck-up. which you are. for sure.

    January 15, 2009

    so uh yeah i’m doing this tonight. yeah well little late i know. it’s the first “circus” i’ve been to since ringling bros barnum & bailey circus at msg sometime in the late 80s. i just wonder if this is going to beat seeing blue man on window pane in 92. because that my friend is going to be tough. to. beat. but if it’s as good as patton describes, i should be fine.

    January 6, 2009

    atheist_bus2is it me or would a campaign like britain’s atheist bus campaign never fly on the streets of our good cities. imagined as a counter-offensive to the jesus said campaign, also taking place on the side of double deckers, atheists, or as i like to call them humanists, are simply after equal opportunity. and seeing from the response, having exceeded their fundraising goals by 2400%, they’re well on their way.

    November 28, 2008

    11-28-08number1.jpgit’s probably the hendrick’s talking, but these days it’s easier to be joyful and thankful (ugh) than cynical and jaded. especially with shit like this happening. what can i say? it’s comfortable to be happy and optimistic. blame it on this piece of eye fuckery. or maybe this… we just have so much to look forward to. and then with these people… god, it’s like… why aren’t you happy? i mean, get a grip. so, uhm, happy turkey day, folks. we love you. you’re beautiful and brilliant. i’m going to go cry myself to sleep now. why, you ask? because i am happy. and content. i’m very thankful (and intoxicated) this evening. good night.

    November 18, 2008

    11-18-08superobama.jpgyou’re going through obama fever withdrawals this week, aren’t you? fear not, young america! i’ve got just the thing to fill the void in your workday that was otherwise reserved for reading ridiculous op-ed pieces by some obscure political commenter who in the end didn’t really matter, because we all were voting for him anyway.

    November 17, 2008

    victorias_secret.jpgwhat a weekend. this happened. then this followed. which was, of course, followed by this. phew! but i’m glad that’s over with. it’s a lot of cropping and uploading. and sad, really. because it’s got to be pretty tough to take 25 of the hottest women in the world, dress them up in “lingerie,” and parade them down a runway and all it does is produce the visual equivalent of whisky dick.