I started cafebedouin.org after reading this bit of advice from Don Joyce, just after his death:

“‘Over The Edge‘ would never have achieved its present level of adeptness if it had not had years to develop. This aspect has allowed not only the perfection of techniques, but also evolving practices such as subtle but fruitful themes which would never occur as anyone’s first choice, returning casts of characters, regular ‘features’, a whole fictional network called The Universal Media Netweb, and countless interrelated ‘plots’ and fantasys which have developed over time. And just when all that becomes too familiar, we can pull a complete hoax and pretend to replace O.T.E. with some other show entirely. All this depends on the ability to play with regularity. (A key to understanding the effects of all transmission media.) Being somewhat interactive in unfamiliar ways, O.T.E. in particular, requires a regularly scheduled slot which listeners can become acquainted with and, over time, explore their own ways to develop a creative relationship with it. Such potentials are not always fulfilled, but they are important potentials to hold out, and there is always next week… I repeat: GET YOUR OWN SHOW.”

—Don Joyce, “GET YOUR OWN SHOW!Negativland.com. 1995. Accessed November 2016. http://www.negativland.com/archives/002getshow/

This is my show. It’s a blog as hupomnemata. Michael Foucault defined hupomnemata as a personal notebook similar to a spiritual journal but with a different goal. He did not want “to pursue the unspeakable, nor to reveal the hidden, nor to say the unsaid [like a spiritual journal does], but on the contrary to capture the already said, to collect what one has managed to hear or read, and for a purpose that is nothing less than the shaping of the self.”

The Japanese have a literary tradition in a similar mode, zuihitsu. The method to zuihitsu can be described in this way:

“[S]he writes personally and casually, for the joy of it, about anything that comes to mind, providing that what she thinks might impress readers…excluding anything completely fictional.”

-Stephen Carter, ed. Introduction to The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century. Washington, D.C: Columbia University Press, 2014.

My method is to post something at least once a day. I post quotes from articles, images, video and so forth that I think are interesting, even if they might not “impress” anyone else. Posts are stacked in next available slot, as I find them. Any commentary I wish to add is just added to a post if it short enough. Longer comments get added to the stack, like any other post. Most of my longer comments will be quick, off the cuff and written in a day or less, in the zuihitsu style. Sundays are for music I’ve listened to recently.

Initially, I tried a different focus every year. Now, I simply focus on one daily post. Below is a chronicle of how I got to that point:

  • In 2017: Established blog then moved it to an open source platform without advertising and started publishing something every day mid-year.
  • In 2018: I made it a goal to post every day for the full year.
  • In 2019: I posted twice a day, then added a noon post from my archive of photos mid-year.
  • From 2020 on: Returned to posting once a day, with a focus more on quality.

My intent with this blog is to just go with the flow and see if any patterns or creative directions emerge. The tagline comes from a post from Austin Kleon, a reminder that regularity is key. Evolution requires iteration.

I didn’t imagine an audience for this blog beyond myself and perhaps a few friends. But, over the years, there seems to be some content that people like. If you have somehow stumbled upon cafebedouin.org, then welcome. Feel free to stir the swill bucket.

Year in Review: 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021


Reclaim Your Mind [Terence McKenna]

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    1. Thank you for this. Right up my alley. Taking it in small bits. So, just got to the point where he is returning to London and about to go on a family trip. I’ll see if I can finish it tomorrow.

      The Terence McKenna connection is a strange bit of serendipity. If I were to cook up a religion, he and people like Alan Watts, Wendell Berry, Gregory Bateson, Aldous Huxley, Phillip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, and other weirdos would be patron saints. It occurs to me that this list is male-centric. I should probably make an effort to find more women weirdos and maybe get a little deeper into Terence McKenna’s bibliography. I think I may have read Food of the Gods (although it might have been Schultes, Plants of the Gods, I forget).

      Hope you are doing well, and the craziness of the world isn’t getting you down.

      1. Felt called to send it to you.
        I am not sure how I feel about Brian Rose himself but the plant medicine, plant teachers piece is compelling to me. The part about his return is less interesting, I find his past?/present mentor Dan Pena obnoxious yet both he and Brian are part of the bigger story.
        You have listed a few ‘weirdos’ that I have not read so thank you for that.
        As far as the craziness, my experience in India felt like the trailer to this feature film of learning Surrender. There has been a big shift inside me that is still happening and I am strangely calm and hopeful.
        .(as long as I stay away from the ‘news’:)

      2. It was a good call. I find it interesting and made a note on Soltara in Costa Rica. It strikes me as something that might be worth exploring, at some future date.

        The only thing I know about Brian Rose and Dan Pena is what was shown in the film. LondonReal seems like a kind of TED talks, big idea interview program, which while simplistic can help ideas gain a larger audience. Dan Pena comes across as a bit of a jackass, but then he was also performing for some kind of training session. Who lives their entire life as if they are living the last two minutes? No one. It’s hyperbole.

        India definitely will teach you that you have much less control than people tend to think they do in North America. It helps you see life through a different lens. But, it’s important to remember that it also has strengths and weaknesses too. I find pressure to conform bad enough in the United States. India would be insufferable.

      3. Understand re India. Again long story as you know from time spent there.
        Easy to look from the outside and leave with your ideas of reality shaken. Another thing to live there day to day, especially as a woman.

      4. I started up where I left off, and got to this: “I realized that London Real would play an important part in transforming human consciousness.” And, I thought…ok, that’s enough. I did really enjoy the first part, and I could see myself going to Soltara at some point in the future. So, thanks for bringing this to my attention. Very much appreciated!

  1. This is a most welcome discovery! I’ve been repeatedly checking your old site, which the internet has finally deemed dead beyond resuscitation. It’s a pleasure to see you are still around and thinking out loud. I look forward to following the blog.

    1. Feel the same. I don’t know what this big change in your life is going to bring, but I look forward to reading what you choose to share about it. Huge challenge.

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