Do you remember Halloween?
I remember a time when masks, fake blood, toilet papers, and overcoming fears were the keys to a successful All Hallow’s Eve. Lately, however it seems as though the act of making Halloween less fearful has turned the creatures that go bump in the night into those that go bump and grind in the night.
Samhain (not the band) was a celebration of the end of the lighter half of the year and the darker half beginning. It celebrated a time when spirits could move beyond this world and, in order to avoid harm, people dressed in costumes to confuse and disorient the spirits.
Fear can be a wondrous emotion. Mary Shelley recognized this as she drew inspiration from Darwin’s reanimated vermicelli (the worm not the noodle) and the complications of her birth that led to the death of her mother. Utilizing those concepts, Shelley created the greatest myth in Modern times: The myth of a lonesome scientist who pushes too far into the unknown and creates something outside of his control. Without the smallest hint of fear mankind becomes unruly and unquestioning, too much fear makes us meek and afraid. The greatest action we can take is to embrace fear, as the Celts (not the sport’s team) did and dispel it with understanding and reverence.
We have enough monsters in the world without making more.
Reading Guide for Frankenstein (Thanks Mr. A)
November: Xaime Hernandez
January 22, 2011 – In an effort to replace Valentine’s Day (which no one celebrates and everyone complains about), Bibliodiscoteque suggests Bibliophile Day! Take a book you love, wrap it in brown paper with twine, and mail it to friend (put a return address so the USPS doesn’t freak out). Choose one friend. This is about giving, so choose well and don’t be mad if you don’t get a book. If enough people do this the USPS benefits, book stores benefit, and your brain benefits …as does the writer.
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Set List: Episode 5 – Mary Shelley
Frankenstomp – Satan’s Pilgrims
The Warlock in the Woods – Shannon and the Clams
I Get Lonesome – Beck
Steal Away – Murder By Death
Dead Love Rag – Mama Rosin
Flirted With You All My Life – Vic Chesnutt
the skulls request – Olds Sleeper
Death Is The Only Real Thing – The Chesterfield Kings
Wild One – Those Darlins’
My Time Has Gone – The Pussywarmers
This Is Not A Light – Movie Star Junkies
Tongues Of Fire – Movie Star Junkies
Tonight’s The Night – Solomon Burke
My Body’s a Zombie for You – Dead Man’s Bones
Monster in Me – Hyper Nova
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division
Dark Entries – Bauhaus
Insight – The Trouble
People – Dex Romweber Duo