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"Pipe dreams, paradigms and the Rainbow family of Light" This story starts in Tokyo. I had just attended an international youth gathering called "Creating A New Civilization" aimed at connecting youth from around the world to foster a sense of global citizenship and transnational identity centered on a loosely defined "spirituality". I had … Continue reading A Parasite’s Utopia (2007)
I moved to Paris just over a month ago, with two concrete plans and some unclear aspirations. I was moving for a girl, and I was going to live in an "underground art space" where I would apprentice under a skilled painter of little renown named Sergio Ostroverhy. Both plans have since fallen apart, but … Continue reading September with Sergio
I watched the saddest video on youtube of a man playing blackbird on acoustic guitar to a hospital incubator where his dying newborn lay, soon to join his mother, who died during childbirth. It was a decent cover, and you could tell that the guy put a lot of emotion into his performance. Still, in … Continue reading Alienation and Tragedy Porn
It was the summer of 2004 when Angelo and I adopted hedonism as a practical philosophy, and the shared apartment my dad was paying for in the lifeless Kingswood suburb transformed into our laboratory. It was a liminal space that should not have existed and could not be sustained. We were chasing after sex, and … Continue reading Adolescent Mushroom Adventure
You are the breeze, an untouchable body, A name kept hidden and a challenge to the nature of conquests I've read one poem, heard three songs, and glanced at a photo now I love, but don't want. I'm a visitor and a no-trace camper disturbing only these blank pages But if we joined in some … Continue reading Delicate
This is an excerpt from a collection of memories and stories from Barrie. As our experimentation with substance began to slip into a habit, the true face of drug use, with its sunken eyes, and one-track mind stepped out of the shadows and took centre stage. The drugs got old, the LSD remained elusive, and … Continue reading Neo-Nazi Addicts on Dunlop St. (2004)