The Digable Digital Postman Delivers

Trickster notes for the common man, the uncommon woman, and everyone in between
Here in the blog, I explore and expand on themes from Disruptive Play and Tricking Power. Dive on in as we connect the dots between the old-as-humanity Trickster archetype and the news of the day. ‘Cause hey. Hey. I’m a monkee. And I’ve got something to say.

It’s Another 50th Anniversary!

February 22, 2024

HEY PLAYSTERS! Apropos of nothing, I want to share with you an excerpt from Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture. Well, not quite nothing. For the most direct route to Trickster essence is through its Great American Icon, Bugs Bunny. When I wrote Disruptive Play, not so long ago, I was certain that…

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It’s Another 50th Anniversary!

February 22, 2024

HEY PLAYSTERS! Apropos of nothing, I want to share with you an excerpt from Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture. Well, not quite nothing. For the most direct route to Trickster essence is through its Great American Icon, Bugs Bunny. When I wrote Disruptive Play, not so long ago, I was certain that…

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International Trickster Day is January 17!

January 16, 2024

This year, we observe the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 15th. May that transcendent leader for civil rights, a just society, and spiritual growth continue to inspire. But EVERY year, January 17th is International Trickster Day (I hereby declare). No fewer than six of history’s great tricksters were born on this day,…

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TRICKSTER GAZETTE: Halloween Sports Edition

October 31, 2023

The Buster Keaton of Baseball Creator: Wally Gobetz <<<<<<   SLAPSTICK! It can be defined as the exaggeration of physical comedy to the point of seeming violence—the pratfall, the pie in the face, the collapsing building—but slapstick speaks a language more profound: the conveyance of the child’s premoral playfulness, without any signaling of good or…

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Read an Excerpt on Slapstick from “Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love

October 18, 2023

The Truth Is Out There Throw a stone at a pile of movies, and you’re going to hit one where slapstick has sneaked in under the tent flaps. Directors and actors with obvious influence include Wes Anderson, Jackie Chan, Bill Murray, Lucille Ball, Amy Poehler, Gilda Radner, Bea Lillie, Max Carol Burnett, Joan Davis, Melissa…

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Breaking News: MONKEY CATCHES MOON! …and other announcements

October 5, 2023

Monkey Catching the Moon Ekaku Hakuin (Japanese, 1685 – 1768) v v v Unreal and Real Announcements . . . v v v I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau for 2024 and 2025. And we’re booking ahead now! If you or someone you know are in Washington State…

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The Message of the Trickster

July 30, 2023

Everything Everywhere… All At Once (as sung by the great Whitney Houston) Okay, that’s just me being clever. Here’s David Bowie being wise: “We live within this manifested idea of what should be form, and what we try and keep out of our existence is chaos, which is a very real part of our lives, and…

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