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|THE AMBASSADOR PRO TEM OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1993/3/1, a dream about dreams.
The real Ambassador of Dreams was moonlighting, so I had to step in
and explain dreams to the waking world...
|AMERICAN FILM RATINGS MAKE VIOLENCE SEXY: by Wayan; 1996/4/9, a rant and a proposal.
Sex-and-violence is one word in America, because our ratings system TEACHES us to link them...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD AND SENSIBLE IDEAS
|AMERICAN TANKA: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/7/26, painting-poem-story on 30" disk, 1995.
I dreamed I circumnavigated the entire Buddhist wheel of existence in a single night...
|ANIMAL SPEECH, ANIMAL ESP: by Wayan; 1997/7/31, from Wayan's journal.
When you really observe animals in language programs it's obvious WE'RE the dimwits...
|ARIEL and THE UNICORN COMMITMENT: by Wayan; 1983/12/26-27, an epic psychic dream & sequel
DREAM: to stop an idiotic bout of war-fever, I have to take on the power of the Goddess herself...
NEXT DAY: I stumble on a fantasy book, Ariel, full of details straight out of the dream...
THAT NIGHT: I sign the Unicorn Commitment, but personalize the magical contract...
CAUTION: DISSES REAGAN & SOUTHERN MASCULINITY
|ARTSHOW IN A DREAM: by Wayan; 1983/6/28 & 9/18, twin dreams on modern art's blindspots
Jaundiced dreams of an art show spell out just how deeply I reject the rules behind modern art...
|ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CUNT CAN DO FOR YOU: by Wayan; 1989/10/24. A mad nondream digital poster.
JFK and Marilyn as our gender archetypes point out the real gender gap: lifespan, not votes!
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, BUT I GUESS IT'S TOO LATE NOW
|THE AZTEC EMPIRE'S RESERVATIONS: by Wayan; 1998/3/19, a parallel-world dream
The modern Aztec Empire is as bad as Anglos toward other Indians, for it's not poverty that hurts...
|BATMAN'S LOVE: by Wayan; 1996/3/26, a dream-epic of love and time.
A New Age graduation party spurs a wild dream of the spiritual odyssey of Catwoman,
starring Alexander the Great, Batman, God, and Rumi the poet (played by Frank Zappa)...
CAUTION: MORAL RELATIVITY
|BESTIALITY: by Wayan; 1997/2/6, essay with implications for dreams breaking taboos
A capsule history of a taboo that changed startlingly over 3000 years... does sin depend on timing?
CAUTION: SEX TALK, TABOOS
|THE BIBLE REDUCED TO FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1994/9/8, a dream of the future.
In the future, books morph as they crawl round the web, till just the popular bits are left...
CAUTION: YOU TOO COULD BE CENSORED
|BODY MESS: by Wayan; summer 1981, ink, 3x5" surreal nondream sketch.
If artists do this with ink, what makes you think genetic engineers will do any better with flesh?...
CAUTION: DON'T DO THIS AT HOME
|THE BURBS: by Wayan; 1990/7/1, a true-story poem.
A perfectionist gardener builds perfect planterboxes while his seedlings starve. And so I left the burbs...
|CHINA AND AMERICA: by Alder and Wayan; 1997/9/23, telepathic dreams.
Two giants wrestle in the Chinese mountains. Who'll win, Red or Yellow? But when I wake...
|THE CITY, NOT LONG AFTER: by Wayan; 1998/4/22-30, acrylic cityscape of our flooded future.
What my home town will become, if you fools keep burning gas and spewing CO2...
|CLIMB FROM THE PIT: by Wayan, 1996/11/9, a dream parable.
I'm in the Mideast. No wonder it's a war zone--it's a vast pit BUILT for war!
But a spiral stair leads slowly out, to...
|COLLAR OF GOLD: a Welshman of Kemmeis District; 1170s? A recurring dream of treasure
A rich man dreamt thrice that hidden in St Berner's Well near his house was a golden collar. He reached in and...
|THE COST OF ECO-REGULATIONS: by Wayan; 1997/2/14, a dream edict.
I dream an economist admits not only that eco-regs pay off, but that economic theory is faulty. Dream on!
|COYOTE'S VAULT: by Wayan; 1994/5/4, a shamanic dream of the future.
One of the Time Vaults has opened. That means a historical crisis is at hand. Guess who gets to go in...
|CRISP: by Wayan; 1991? Digital poster on Web art.
Is digital Web blather any better than old-fashioned, live, analog blather?
|THE CRYSTALLIZERS: by Wayan, 2014/11/21, a surreal dream on the lost art of talking to strangers
I'm in an airport full of aliens who, when bored, crystallize until things get fun again.
My long planeflight glows like a dragon-hoard! But it's lonely...
|CUTE-STUPIDS: by Wayan; 1974/1/15, nightmare-poem about a Tragedy of the Commons
Happy beer drinkers from the Now invade the Tower of the Future.
Eggheads find idiots as lovable as kittens, and just can't eject them...
CAUTION: ELITIST; DISSES TRUMPISM
|EXPECTING CHANGE: by Wayan; 1998/8/20, a dream on history.
A woman explains why the subjective rate of change has slowed--we EXPECT life to be different...
|THE FACTORY: by Sunshine; 2015/9/25, a metaphorical dream
Elegant, ancient, the tower rose into the clouds. Inside? Smoke and darkness. Workers roasted meat on a huge range...
|FEDERALIST SCHOOL: by Wayan; 2013/8/20; a happy advisory dream
A free university just opened in town. The curriculum evolves by natural
selection. Anyone can teach! Should I? Just don't eat the food...
|THE FIREBREAK OF MEN: by Wayan; 1997/2/13, a herstorical dream.
The Europeans have another great war, killing off their men. Will that break the cycle of violence? Like a...
|FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had an epic dream lasting subjective weeks--a true other life. It wasn't Earth and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. One night,
my friends curled round me, I saw I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a woman, marry, and have pups.
I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom.
Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
2600K loads slowly? Try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, QUEER TEEN ANGST, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|A GREAT NIGHTMARE, or, The Autistic Dream Lecturer: by Wayan; 1997/1/2, a diagnostic nightmare.
I dream I'm addressing a dream convention, but I'm autistic! I MUST act bizarre, just to function...
|THE GREAT WAVE: by Wayan; 2009/4/24, a dream-poem about the future; Dreamverse #52
I find myself sketching the slope of progress up to the coming singularity, and notice a hidden stability...
|HEAL THE WORLD!: by Wayan; 2011/8/17, a messianic-inadequacy dream (now there's a new type!)
I can heal people with a touch. But they don't want to be merely restored, but resculpted...
CAUTION: TRANNIES AND FURRIES LEAVE THE CLOSET
|HITLER'S CAR: by Wayan; 1982/6/9, I review a creepy book. Then my dreams review ME.
A book claims Hitler led not a political party but a cult out to apply mystical theories--like Manson! Then I dream...
CAUTION: RABID RANTING
|MY CUBIST CONSCIENCE: by Wayan; 1982/8/5; a dream warning of overharsh ethics.
I dreamed I was trapped in the maze of my pacifist vegetarian feminist anarchist eco-conscience...
|ONE-PERCENTERS: by Wayan; 2014/5/2, a dream on how egalitarianism can drive the gifted crazy
A sociologist exposes the smugness of Britain's 1%, but the writer's denial of any innate differences
can be just as pernicious as elitism...
CAUTION: EGALITARIANISM ON TRIAL
|THE POWER OF SUGGESTION: by Wayan; 1995/10/11, a dream on shamanic tactics.
After studying assertion in dreams, I find I'm a shaman in an African village, troubled by a young rival...
|PRIVACY GROWS CHARACTER: by Wayan; 1996/7/5, a psychologically astute dream.
A scholar on Middle Earth warns our obsession with public transparency keeps our psychology crude...
|RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 shamanic dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
|ROBINSON JEFFERS AS A SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a life-review, with 2016/10/22 followup
Jeffers, that harsh, visionary, ecological poet, seems drunk on Darwinism,
blind to kindness--or is he just reporting Big Sur's true, mean spirit(s)?
CAUTION: LITERARY AND MYSTICAL
|RUBBISH: by Naguib Mahfouz; dreamed 2001? A dream of advice from the dead.
My dead friend lost patience with the local dump, so I beat the trash--and out came shining people...
|SHEVEK'S TIME-SLIP: by Wayan; 1996/10/14, a chronohomeostatic dream.
Shevek invents time-travel and discreetly alters the past. But the future alters
Shevek's present, to undo his changes! Who's sabotaging him? Or... WHAT?
|SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!
I dream I'm suicidal; but I'm saved when I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern,
from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but the challenges slowly get more spiritual.
NEXT DAY: I learn what my shaman-friend Dee just dreamed. And now I'm unsure whose dream this is...
|SOULS IN THE MUD: by Wayan; 1981/1/14, a thoughtful dream.
I'm being hunted in Reincarnation Swamp, as I worry--the human population boom
means experienced souls are scarce. Are most folks you meet really dogs, cats... rats?
CAUTION: MYSTIC ELITISM
|SPACE PIE: by Wayan; 1999/4/8, a sociological jungle-gym dream.
I'm a Latina crossing the border at a nightmare bridge,
while an Anglo rants at me about the Space Race...
|SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE? PLEASE, MISTRESS, NO!: by Wayan; 1981/7/18, a meditation on meditation.
A rant on over-disciplined Americans (NOT under; we just think we are) taking up spiritual disciplines...
|STEALTH: by Wayan; 1992/1/15 dream on the worship of sleek deadliness.
I dreamed the Stealth Bomber wasn't a machine, but a gigantic Owl-god. And Stealth was worshiped...
CAUTION: CREEPING PACIFISM
|THAT'S NOT ART! THAT'S ART!: by Wayan; 1995/3/19, a true story
An artist I know dismisses her (gorgeous) art as just therapy... while the museums are full of trash. Why?
|THROUGH THE WIRES: by Wayan; 2007/9/16, two surreal contrasting dreams
I meet some alien wolves, and see the social scene as they do--pack, status issues. But then...
I cross a pasture & slip thru a barbwire fence, as I explain cows, wires & organic life to an energy-being...
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science.
No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|TWILIGHT'S OVAL GAME: by Wayan; 2017/10/4, three dreams arguing "Friendship is Magic"--literal magic.
I'm racked with guilt over failing to save a magic tree that fell and killed someone.
A giant pinball game's played on a tilted oval relief-map. But you can only win as a team of six friends...
A Caribbean girl with a weird aura tries to align two magic crystals to heal herself...
CAUTION: BREASTS, PONIES
|TWO CENTURIES OF PROGRESS: by Edwin Muir; 1938-9, two dreams and an extraordinary mini-essay
Yesterday, Hitler marched into town. I was born before the Industrial Revolution, and am now about 200 years old...
|UNGHOSTS OF CHINA: by Wayan; 2009/9/2, a ghost-dream poem; Dreamverse #53
THAT DAY: art nonstop! Put myself down for obsessing. Empty man!
THAT NIGHT: I'm in rural China. Two women tell me their village declared them
dead, killed by demons. So are they ghosts, or just written off by idiots?
MORNING: wait--have I been calling me dead? Oh...
|WASHINGTON'S DUNE: by Wayan; 1992/1/18, a dream on perseverance.
George Washington faces sniper fire, kamikaze birds
and critics claiming the fight for freedom is doomed...
|WE MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY OF SAINT FRANCIS: by Wayan; 1982/5/1?, a dream-tinged poem.
After a peace march in San Francisco, I saw us as deer, and Americans as dogs. Yet WE frighten THEM...
|WELLS'S QUEST: by Wayan; 1992/7/14, a benevolent dream.
I'm on a world inhabited by hobbits when H.G. Wells shows up, looking for a Ring of Power...
|WHO CENSORS BIRTH?: by Wayan; 1994/5/2, a dream speculation.
I'm assisting a hard birth as photos are shot for an article. Why's birth so rarely seen, what do we fear?
|WHY I LIE: by Wayan, 2016/10/7, a dream on privacy-guilt
In a class, asked to share a bit about myself, I lie. Why? Not only are people like me
illegal, my particular story would be seen as impossible...
|WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 & 2/16, twin timetravel dreams
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow
deep social change is. How we cling to the old horrors!
|YEATS: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, a poem wrestling with Yeats's visions.
Our dilemma is, now that we have the power to get what we want... what exactly was it we wanted?
|ZOMBIE RUSH-HOUR: by Wayan; 1993/12/14, a predictive nightmare.
I'm in an apartment co-op in Silicon Valley where people share their skills--till rush hour begins...
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