Monthly Archives: December 2012

Exploitation Class Announcement! (& Kier-La Janisse)

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houseofpsychoticwomen_399875 See below, author Kier-La Janisse will be joining us in our Exploitation class!!!

Hey gang, our last session of the Exploitation class will be coming Thursday the 10th at 6:30! Of course, as promised, for the three weeks following I will be holding informal freebie sessions, then the first week of February we will be starting a new series of Exploitation classes. I’m willing to offer them up (only to our loyal regulars) at a mere $80 per student (new students, $100), and if you’re all real nice and re-up, I may even pitch in an extra week and let it run 6 weeks instead of 5! That’s freakin’ cheap! And I’m doing it not only ’cause SAW loves you, but ’cause I’m having fun warping your minds and skewing your (in some cases already questionable) moral compasses.

Additionally, at some point in January I will be making a return trip to Ohio which may (or may not) mean one of the inbetween freebies will be cancelled, but the upside is… and this is a BIG upside… I will be returning with my collection of Exploitation goodies which I will be sharing with the class in the second session, including: an all-but complete Jean Rollin poster collection, super cool VHS boxes, pounds and pounds of exciting rare and even imported books, letters, posters, an impressive collection of Marquis de Sade books, and so much more.

And a special guest has been booked…

That’s right, we’re not through yet, there’s plenty more to ballyhoo! I’ve been reading “House Of Psychotic Women” by Kier-La Janisse (thanks to Tom Hart for putting that under my Xmas Poinsettia), and it’s quite a ride! I won’t write a big review of it here or anything as I’m not yet through with it, but not only is the book shockingly honest (it’s sort of a hybrid between a memoir and a film criticism book), but it is also richly insightful–she smashes routine feminist dogma with serious insights! Additionally this is a very welcome and meaty contribution to my beloved genre… and not only is it by another woman, but from an unmistakably powerful female voice and perspective! She shares in her book how the themes in these movies in many ways paralleled her own growth and psychology as a complicated woman, and in many ways her book has helped me understand my powerful connection to these films. Additionally the book is beautifully designed, full of amazing photos (that really spotlight just how intoxicating and compelling the imagery in these films can be), and truly informative. I recommend it to ALL my students, putting it up there with “Immoral Tales” by Pete Tombs. In fact, I should step aside and let her teach this class. Hey… good idea! I’ve communicated with Kier-La and she will be, in fact, Skyping in LIVE for our final class on the 10th! Hell Yeah! Though, as an aside, if she meets a deadline crunch she will reschedule. So, lots of great stuff happening in the most unexpected class you’ll ever take… and at the most wonderful place on earth (not Disneyland)… SAW!

I’m excited and just about out of adjectives, exclamation points, and hyperbole…

Gun Control, Wrong Battle… NRA CONTROL!

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I really hate the idea of adding my voice to something that everyone is talking about and hundreds are articulating brilliantly, but, the more this winds around in my head the more I think we need to shift the movement. Forget gun control, we need to control the NRA. That’s the fight we need to take on. Fighting gun control is going to be a losing battle until the NRA is brought down. I can’t imagine there being any hope so long as the NRA remains as powerful and influential as they are.

Progressives, liberals, sensible people, we have been fighting the wrong battle. Take down the NRA, the guns will fall with them and their influence. All our energy needs to go the bringing them down.

Kayak

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Went kayaking on lake Newnan with Joe today. We live on lake Newnan (for those of you who don’t know) so we launched the right off the back yard! It was pretty amazing! Eagles, osprey, herons, and lots of other wildlife. All along the shoreline there is an overgrowth of beautiful yellow flowers on all the floating islands. It’s overwhelming.

What’s more overwhelming was the dawning reminder that I am now living the very life I wanted to live. This is it. Finally, I have arrived. However long it lasts, I will enjoy it for all that it is.

Daily, I now have access to all the sorts of things that used to make up my vacations, and no less significantly, the life I daydreamed about is around me at every moment! My room, my job, Tom, Joe, my students, the lake, the forest, the fig trees, even my new auntie Joye, and so much more, and all of it what I wake to every day. I have even taken to having fresh flowers in my room, all picked from the grounds and lake.

There are still struggles, still the relentless poverty, still the lingering episodes of depression, still so much to do… but all those things were with me tenfold in akron… a place that seems to be an incubator for depression, poverty, and struggle, a suffocating cold grey place that I thank Lord Ganesha every day to be free of.

Florida, as it turns out, was far more than a daydream, it was a destiny and a home, and I am there now. And I intend to appreciate it.