Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Neal Cassady: Bisexual Wanderer, American Muse

Bisexual Neal Cassady



Bisexual muse and demigod Neal Cassady was a complicated soul whose creative energies found release though an immoderate enthusiasm for sex, automobiles and drugs. His enduring aesthetic legacy was an incorrigibly hedonistic life that his friend Jack Kerouac and sometime lover Allen Ginsberg transmuted into art. To them, Cassady was a revelation, the consummate hipster-savant of The Beat Generation. He was celebrated by Kerouac as having “the tremendous energy of a new kind of American saint” but also a wanderer incapable of fulfilling his obligations as a husband and father of three.

Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Test described him this way: “Off to one side is a guy about 40 with a lot of muscles, as you can see because he has no shirt one -- just a pair of khakis ... and his hell of a build.”

Cassady's second wife, Carolyn, has stated that, “His genius mind absorbed every book he could find, whether literature, philosophy or science.” She met Cassady in 1946, and would leave the Beat group 2 years later, shortly after walking in on Neal, his current wife, LuAnne, and poet Allen Ginsberg in bed together. Five weeks after Carolyn's departure, Neal got an annulment from LuAnne and married Carolyn. She recalls him as "the archetype of the American Man.” (Cassady's sexual relationship with Ginsberg lasted off and on for the next 20 years.) Only 2 years later, Cassady entered into a bigamous marriage with Diane Hansen, a young model who was pregnant with his child.

 Cassady’s compositional strengths were exuberance and a lack of discipline: “My prose has no individual style as such, but is rather an unspoken and still unexpressed groping toward the personal. There is something there that wants to come out; something of my own that must be said. Yet, perhaps, words are not the way for me.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017

'there are others who wish to pass unnoticed'

French criminal/writer Jean Genet

“One is not a revolutionary just because one is a homosexual. What I mean to say is that there are some homosexuals who wish to affirm their difference and their special quality, and this need leads them to unmask the arbitrary character of the system in which they live. But there are others who wish to pass unnoticed and to blend into the system, therefore strengthening the system. Let us say that homosexuality should lead the homosexual to indict the system, but, in reality, the system is a source of so much humiliation, fear and panic, and is often far stronger, that it forces a homosexual to dissemble and to bow down. When [someone] goes to live with a man, he is merely parodying the system. He is keeping up appearances and not challenging anything at all. Society is amused. He becomes a kind of curiosity, which the system is quick to digest.” What I mean to say is that there are some homosexuals who wish to affirm their difference and their special quality, and this need leads them to unmask the arbitrary character of the system in which they live. But there are others who wish to pass unnoticed and to blend into the system, therefor strengthening the system. Let us say that homosexuality should lead the homosexual to indict the system, but, in reality, the system is a source of so much humiliation, fear and panic, and is often far stronger, that it forces a homosexual to dissemble and to bow down. When [someone] goes to live with a man, he is merely parodying the system. He is keeping up appearances and not challenging anything at all. Society is amused. He becomes a kind of curiosity, which the system is quick to digest.”

'it can be argued that God is a verb'

Philosopher William James


William James, born in 1842 and brother of gay novelist Henry James, was an American philosopher and psychologist.  James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labeled him the "Father of American psychology,"
James knew that truth is a process, that reality is experience  and that truth and reality are actually verbs, just as it can be argued that God is a verb.
William James was drawn to edges, fringes, borders and margins. It is significant that the greatest variety of species are found in borderlands.... James seemed to know instinctively that borders are in fact centers for life. So he avoided marginalizing himself; instead he annexed the marginal and extended his -- and our -- field of interest to include all the edges and fringes. He was interested in the fringes themselves, but, as often as not, the margin also provides a new approach to the central page.
William James believed that self-trust is the quality on which a good life is best built, and he gave us the reason why we may safely trust our best impulses. “If we survey the field of history and ask what feature all great periods of revival, of expansion of the human mind, display in common, we shall find, I think, simply this: that each and all of them have said to the human being ‘The inmost nature of the reality is congenial to powers which you possess.’”

'an immense phallus'

Fresco of Mithras and the Bull found at Marino, Italy, third century AD. 
“Why do you think bullfighting is still so popular? This place is presumably packed out when the bullfights, corridas, are on and there are enough tourists here today -- what’s the attraction watching an animal being killed?”

“It’s indefensible but irresistible. It’s been around in Spain and other parts of Europe for centuries. If you go to the caves at Altamira, you’ll see ancient paintings on the walls done in bull’s blood. Palaeolithic Man did these. Bulls to those guys represented more than just meat; they were ferocious forces of nature which had to be dominated. Men proved themselves by killing them. And plenty of humans would have died in the process, no doubt.
“The respect for the beasts transformed itself into cults -- men literally worshipped the bull’s strength. Bull cults pop up everywhere -- Crete, Egypt, France, Greece and, of course, in Spain. The Romans had a Sun-Bull religion called Mithraism. [ Mithraism, also known as the Mithraic mysteries, was a mystery religion centered around the bull-killing god Mithras, a religion  practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to the 4th century.**]  December 25th, the great Mithraic celebration of the birth of the sun, became Christmas, the birthday of Jesus. In Spain, there is an argument to be made that the two religions fused. This new Christianity and the old symbolic sacrificing of bulls co-existed. They even turned it into a Christian ‘Good versus Evil’ thing: the first theological definition of the Devil issued in AD447 by the Council of Toledo stated that the Devil is ‘a large black monstrous apparition with horns on its head, cloven hoofs, fair, fiery eyes, terrible teeth, an immense phallus and a sulphurous smell.’ Sounds like a Spanish fighting bull to me! Add to that a dash of the Roman gladiatorial arena, and you’ve got the beginnings of bullfighting.”
Another  representation of Mithras killing a sacred bull.  The event always takes place in a cavern, into which Mithras has carried the bull, after having hunted it, ridden it and overwhelmed its strength.
**The mysteries were popular in the Roman military. Worshippers of Mithras met in underground temples, mostly in Rome. Mithraism has sometimes been viewed as a rival of early Christianity with similarities such as liberator-savior; hierarchy of bishops, presbyters and deacons; communal meal, and a hard struggle of Good and Evil, i.e. bull-killing/crucifixion. "Mithraism declined with the rise to power of Christianity, until the beginning of the fifth century, when Christianity became strong enough to exterminate by force rival religions such as Mithraism." The study of Mithraism as important for understanding "the cultural matrix out of which the Christian religion came to birth."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Showing his mate how awesome he feels


Part man, part wolf




"...the Steppenwolf had two natures, a human and a wolfish one. This was his fate, and it may well be that it was not a very exceptional one.
"Many loved him as a refined and clever and interesting man, and were horrified and disappointed when they had come upon the wolf in him. And they had to because Harry wished, as every sentient being does, to be loved as a whole and therefore it was just with those whose love he most valued that he could least of all conceal and belie the wolf. There were those however, who love precisely the wolf in him, the free, the savage, the untamable, the dangerous and strong, and these found it peculiarly disappointing and deplorable when suddenly the wild and wicked wolf was also a man, an had hankerings after goodness an refinement ... to read poetry and to cherish human ideals. ...so it was that the Steppenwolf brought his own dual and divided nature into the destinies of others besides himself whenever he came into contact with them."

from Steppenwolf by crypto-homosexual author Herman Hesse

For the rest of the author's man-story, check out the Part man, part wolf page.

Baskets 'n' Boners slideshow

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ty Herndon's "I Have To Surrender"

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'to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols'

“... a soul of extremely emotional and unusually delicate sensibility. ... He had thought more than other men, and in matters of the intellect he had that calm objectivity, that certainty of thought and knowledge, such as only really intellectual men have, who have no axe to grind, who never wish to shine, or to talk others down, or to appear always in the right.
“... the Steppenwolf’s look pierced our whole epoch, its whole overwrought activity, the whole surge and strife, the whole vanity, the whole superficial play of a shallow, opinionated intellectuality. And alas! the look went still deeper, went far below the faults, defects and hopelessness of our time, our intellect, our culture alone. It went right to the heart of all humanity, it bespoke eloquently in a single second the whole despair of a thinker of one who knew the full worth and meaning of man’s life. ...and at once all renown, all intelligence, all the attainments of the spirit, all progress towards the sublime, the great and the enduring in man fell away and became a monkey’s trick!"

from Steppenwolf by crypto-homosexual author Herman Hesse

'a genius for suffering'



“I suspected that the man was ailing, ailing in the spirit in some way.... I was more and more conscious, too, that this affliction was not due to any defects of nature, but rather to a profusion of gifts and powers which had not attained to harmony. I saw in Haller [the main character in the autobiographical novel, Steppenwolf] a genius of suffering and that in the meaning of many sayings of Nietzsche he had created within himself with positive genius a boundless and frightful capacity for pain.
“He was brought up by devoted but severe and very pious parents and teachers in accordance with that doctrine that makes the breaking of the will the corner-stone of education and upbringing. But in this case the attempt to destroy the personality and to break the will did not succeed.
“It was against himself that, innocent and noble as he was, he directed during his whole life the whole wealth of his fancy, the whole of his thought; and in so far as he let loose upon himself every barbed criticism, every anger and hate he could command, he was, in spite of all, a real Christian and a real martyr. As for others and the world around him he never ceased in his heroic and earnest endeavor to love them, to be just to them, to do them no harm.”

from Steppenwolf by suppressed homosexual author Herman Hesse

Our God's Word: Suffering

“Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and ugliness; accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. ... Now there is a time when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence. ... A nature such as Nietzsche’s had to suffer our present ills .... What he had to go through alone and misunderstood, thousands suffer today.

“... Haller [the main character in the novel, Steppenwolf] belongs to those who have been caught between two ages, who are outside of all security and simple acquiescence He belongs to those whose fate it is to live the whole riddle of human destiny heightened to the pitch of a personal torture, a personal hell.”

from Steppenwolf by closeted homosexual author Herman Hesse

'The Gaulish men prefer to have sex with each other.'

While there are no sweeping statements promoting what today is termed “homosexuality” in ancient Celtic lore, there are multiple accounts from external observers who commented on the widespread practice of same-gender sexuality among the Gaulish Celts. The Greek philosopher Posidonius, who traveled into Gaul to investigate the truth of the stories told about the Celtic tribes, put it rather bluntly: “The Gaulish men prefer to have sex with each other.” As Diodorus Siculus noted, often Roman and Greek accounts mention Celtic warriors “who were deeply insulted if their offers of homosexual sex were refused."
It seems same-sex relations between warriors were not unknown or for that matter, at all uncommon. There is evidence of homosexuality in Celtic warrior bands which were known as ‘Bleiden’ or ‘Wolf.’ What is significant is that, despite similarities (such as shape-shifting & wilderness initiation rituals) there was a marked difference between Greek and Celtic homoeroticism in that unlike the Greeks, the Celts did not consider it shameful that males elected to take the so-called ‘passive’ role.
Some critics say that the modern Irish, as descendants of the Celts, had Christianity and its traditionally homophobic ethos forced upon them.

For the rest of this man-story, check out the Celteroticism page.