I've just discovered the writing of Michael Ventura. Read his book, Letters At 3am (Essays on Endarkenment). Don't begin it, as I did, at 10pm on a weekday, because you may find, as I did, that you can't stop until 3am, and then you can't sleep until 6am, because your brain is shocked alive by the brilliant hard truths he lays out in language so succulent and precise it makes your body sing. You can find his columns on the web as well. Here's a taster, written during the Gulf War:Patton had the depth to admit he loved war. Schwarzkopf pretends to hate it, but no one becomes so superbly skilled at, or devotes such a long and passionate life to, something he hates. Clearly he relishes what he's doing. This sense of profound fulfillment is the source of the presence he exudes – for no one who has seen him in these past weeks will forget him, or no matter how much one disagrees, will fail to be impressed. And yet there is this one evasion, this one fundamental corruption: he cannot, will not, now or ever, admit how thankful he is for this war, how profound and total is his fun.
From "Burner Of Eden" in Letters At 3am by Michael Ventura
Find the REAL eros this month; take your Valentine to the streets, the readings, the sites and the shows that remind us what it is to feel and think from our core.
Stay strong and joyful in the weeks ahead. Keep dreaming. Here's another Ventura quote:We know now that our dreams are not going to come true. Are never going to come true. We have learned that our dreams are important not because they come true, but because they take you places you would never have otherwise gone, and teach you what you never guessed was there to learn.