Happy Birthday, Sun Ra [Part 1]

May 19, 2022

Sun Ra Is Coming To The Party! Rumors of his presence are subject to indeterminacy. Sun Ra, Part 1 Overwhelmed by a game that has been played all around the planet, with Africa colonized and Africans enslaved by France, Great Britain, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United State, Germany, Belgium, and the ancient Greeks…

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What Launching “Disruptive Play” Loki-ed Like.

May 17, 2022

This is how we partied in 2018, at the book launch party for Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture. And lest we forget, Godfather II and The Empire Strikes Back were as good or better than the blockbusters that preceded them. Please don’t block THIS buster, and come to the Book LaunchTalkParty for Tricking Power into Performing Acts of…

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The Great American Trickster: Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny, Part 2

May 6, 2022

Well are you comin’? Are You Gonna Be There (at the Love-In?) And Laura Nyro sings A little magic, a little kindness, and ain’t that sweet-eyed blindness good to me… And Shep sez A little vaudeville, a few laughs, a real conversation, some insights, some music… …Take your mind out for spin at the Book LaunchTalkParty for…

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It’s Time You Met the Great American Trickster [Part 1]

April 25, 2022

TRICKING POWER INTO PERFORMING ACTS OF LOVE FREE BUT LIMITED TICKETS TO THE  JUNE 5 BOOK LAUNCHTALKPARTY HERE! These birthday greetings I’ve been sharing have honored humans only, as demigods and cartoon characters do not really have birthdays. But because Bugs Bunny is so crucial to a contemporary understanding of the Trickster, I must feature…

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The Most Famous Person to Never Become Famous

April 4, 2022

Comedy is the only thing I’ve been able to take seriously.                                                                       —Lord Buckley If I ever needed a sign to…

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Happy Birthday, Rudy Ray Moore!

March 21, 2022

The Creator of Dolemite and The Signifying Monkey On March 17, we celebrate the birthday of Rudy Ray Moore, the pioneering Black filmmaker who in a seminal Blaxploitation film retold the traditional Signifying Monkey tale to a mostly Black audience, an audience who recognized, cheered on,, and eventually brought greatness to Dolemite, his groundbreaking made-on-a-shoestring…

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