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LANGUAGE & LITERATURE - The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers - trustworthy 2013 list from Flavorwire, highlighing many great lit-related sites. Below are a few more of FudoMouth's favorites. - DNA of Literature: Paris Review Interviews Archive - incredible collection of in-depth interviews with the most influential writers of the past century. The outstanding Henry Miller, E.L. Doctorow and Kurt Vonnegut interviews are especially recommended. - KCRW's Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry, interviewed with insight and precision by Michael Silverblatt. The Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood & Mark Danielewski interviews are all recommended. Also, search KCRW for full archive. - To the Best of Our Knowledge - This thoughtful radio magazine features topical interviews with authors, artists and thinkers. Download mp3's directly from the podcast feed. - The Scriptorium - an index of influential writers who've combined talent with a sense of experimentation to produce some of the most remarkable works of modern literature. - Donald Barthelme - archive of the postmodern master's fiction, commentary and criticism, misc. projects, reading lists, and other cracks in the linguistic pavement. - William Gibson - brilliant speculative fiction and cyberpunk writer: "In addition to being a major novelist, he's one of the best essayists and critical observers currently operating within our sociocultural sphere." - "Pynchon From A to V" - excellent essay by editor Gerald Howard on the enduring importance of Pynchon's 1973 novel Gravity's Rainbow. - "Confessions of a Zen Novelist" - In this excellent essay, Ruth Ozeki explores the convergences and contradictions between fiction writing and contemplative practice. - "Writing Undoes Me" by Pico Iyer - "Writing is a form of meditation... But it's a form that deconstructs itself, so finally you come to feel that writing is just the convulsive exercise you do to get to the place where all writing ceases." - Civilwarland Preface by George Saunders - in this candid new preface to his first book, Saunders provides humorous and hopeful context for his early years as a struggling writer. - Defamiliarization, Again for the First Time - Will Wilkinson provides a reevaluation and clarification of Shklovsky's important concept of defamiliarization in literature and art. - Linguist Geoff Nunberg on NPR - in these commentaries, Nunberg offers insightful analysis of language as used in politics, law, and culture. More can be found at his own site. - List of Literary Magazines - Helpful list of active literary journals, both in print and online. Other resources for finding journals: Luna Park Review, Lit Submit, The Review Review. - The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), an alliance of 50 national non-profit orgs, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, and civil liberties groups.

"One should really understand something about human life, and about feeling, and about consciousness, and about the complexity of reality—and literature is a vehicle for that. It is an education of the heart, and of the consciousness; it's an enlarger of sympathies, it's a deepener of feeling..." —Susan Sontag, Bookworm

MEDITATION & DHARMA - Buddhist Geeks podcast - This growing collection of discussions with contemporary contemplative scholars and practicioners is a remarkable resource for meditators and psychonauts of any tradition. The Judith Simmer-Brown, Kenneth Folk, Ken Wilber and Dark Night Project episodes are all recommended. - Stray Thoughts on Meditation by Shinzen Young- An excellent overview of techniques for mental development within the various Buddhist traditions of Theravada, Tantra and Zen, including reference to traditional Christian Contemplative Practice. Highly recommended. - The Work of Thanissaro Bhikkhu - Pali scholar and western monastic Thanissaro Bhikkhu is one of the most insightful contemporary commentators on the Buddha's teachings. See also the essays No-self or Not-self?, Appamada, and Hang on to Your Ego. - Vipassana Meditation - Vipassana is one of the most popular forms of serious Buddhist-derived practice available today, taught at ten-day residential courses around the world in the tradition of S.N. Goenka and Sayagyi U Ba Khin. - The Universal Technique - Vipassana teacher S.N. Goenka interviewed by Zen teacher and poet Norman Fischer, providing an introduction to vipassana meditation.

The Experience of Impermanence - essay by Paul Fleischman, psychiatrist and vipassana teacher, exploring the importance of the experience of impermanence, and explaining how meditation can be understood through Western psychology. - Vipassana: One Tool Among Many - in this important essay, Thanissaro Bhikkhu cites textual sources from the Pali canon to clarify the place of Vipassana in Buddhist Practice. "To answer the question with which we began: Vipassana is not a meditation technique. It's a quality of mind—the ability to see events clearly in the present moment." - Metta by Acharya Buddharakkhita - The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill and benevolence. This excellent short book explains the Metta Sutta and details the philosophy and practice of loving-kindness.

The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness - This essay by Namkhai Norbu is a precise and detailed instruction on the most essential aspect of Tibetan Dzogchen practice, and is an excellent reference for anyone interested in meditation practice or spiritual discipline of any kind.

The Three Tendencies of the Eightfold Path - This diagram defines a spiral of progess by illustrating the Eightfold Path within the three inter-influential aspects of Sila, Samadhi, and Panna. - Buddhadharma - The quarterly journal for Buddhists of all traditions who wish to deepen their practice and study of the dharma. Many back-issue articles available online. - Egolessness Means More by Ken Wilber - this insightful essay clarifies misconceptions about spiritual realization and the ego. "Egolessness does not mean the absence of a functional self ... it means that one is no longer exclusively identified with that self." - A Mindful Marriage - In this illuminating interview, former monastic Buddhists Kittisaro and Thanissara discuss relationships as a powerful form of practice, and touch on celibacy, sex, lasting love, and the benefits of both monastic and lay life. (Note: Unfortunately, only one-third of the interview is available online, but is available as a PDF.) - Interview with Miranda Shaw, author of Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism, who lucidly outlines the rigors of authentic Tantric practice, and stresses that "if you do not work directly with your sexuality, if you simply repress it or try to ignore it without mastering it, then you cannot become fully enlightened." - Radiolab: Where Am I? - Various bewildering aspects of the connection between mind and body are explored in this episode of NPR's brilliant show. Especially interesting is the explanation of differences in emotional reaction time between men and women.

The purpose of meditation is not to remove oneself from experience but to bring one's self closer to it
by eliminating stale, confusing, static, intellectual attachments of the past. —Robert M. Pirsig, Lila

INTEGRAL CONSCIOUSNESS - The Great Initiation - in this illuminating essay Richard Tarnas examines the complexities of the modern era through a study of the two underlying western metanarratives: the Progress and the Fall. "On a larger scale, I'd like to suggest that for a civilization, history is the great unconscious — that our history is the repository, and the unfolding, of complex dynamics. We see only the results, the surface effects, of these deep forces as they shape our cultures and our lives."

The Integral Vision at the Millenium - essay by Ken Wilber - an overview to Spiral Dynamics as it relates to Wilber's work mapping what he calls the neo-perennial philosophy, an integration of traditional mysticism with an account of cosmic evolution. An excellent introduction to Wilber. - Ken Wilber at Shambhala - contemporary philosopher whose accessable work approaches a synthesis and interpretation of the world's great psychological, philosophical, and spiritual traditions. Essays, excerpts, interviews, and archive. - The Kosmos According to Ken Wilber - 1996 interview where Wilber explains and contextualizes his work, especially as it relates to spiritual practice. - Robert Anton Wilson (interview and audio) - humorous, insightful and big-hearted conversations with the author, philospher, and trickster who described his writing as an "attempt to break down conditioned associations—to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models (maps) and no one model elevated to the Truth." - How to Build a Universe... - in an essay referenced by the film Waking Life, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick describes how a portion of one of his novels was found to closely parallel a book of the Bible he'd never read, and how the events depicted therein actually happened later in his life. Dick meditates on what such occurances appear to imply about the structure of reality and consciousness. Also, check out Divine Interference, an excellent companion essay by Erik Davis. - Erik Davis' Techgnosis - Explorations in the Age of Information: "attempting to understand the often unconscious metaphysics of information culture by looking at it through the archetypal lens of religious and mystic myth."

PSYCHEDELICS - The Vaults of Erowid: Documenting the Complex Relationship Between Humans and Psychoactive substances. Similar in scope to LEDA. Erowid hosts a remarkable compendium of subjective explorations in its Experience Vaults. - Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension - "At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope & telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos." - The Lycaeum Entheogenic Database (LEDA), created to organize the complex and ever-expanding web of entheogen information, is a community project and comprehensive resource. - The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies: a non-profit research & educational organization, assisting scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of psychedelics. - Terence McKenna Media Archive - McKenna was a widely admired counter-cultural writer, philosopher, ethnobotanist and psychedelic spokesman best known for presenting ideas and experiences that challenge our conventional notions about the nature of reality and perception. Check out FudoMouth's own small McKenna Archive, featuring audio for download... - Full text of The Doors of Perception (1954), a seminal essay about psychedelic experience by novelist Aldous Huxley: "The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out..." - Mysticism and Psychedelics: The Case of the Dark Night - In this illuminating paper, scholar Christopher M. Bache identifies correspondences between Stanilav Grof's model of consciousness, LSD-assisted therapy, and the 'difficult stages' of the spiritual path. - Note from the Psychedelic Salon - regular podcast series presenting illuminating talks on psychedelics and culture from Burning Man's Palenque Norte lecture series. - Drug Text - resources on substance use, risk-reduction, and drug policy. - Criminal Justice Policy Foundation - CJPF's mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy and the problems of policing on the criminal justice system.

Psychedelics are tools. There's nothing intrinsically good or bad about them. It's like asking whether a knife is dangerous or useful: it depends on who is using it and for what purpose. —Stanislav Grof, The Sun Interview

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - Creative Commons - provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry, changing your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." - Electronic Frontier Foundation - a nonprofit group of lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries working to protect digital rights. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, EFF is the first line of defense. - FREE CULTURE (2004) - In this important book, law professor Lawrence Lessig explains the changing and dangerous nature of Copyright Law in the Digital Age. Lessig shows that while new technologies always lead to new laws, never before have big cultural monopolists used their political leverage to control the Internet, shrink the public domain of ideas, and control what we can and can't do with culture. Download Free Culture (PDF & Audiobook) for FREE - Content: Selected Essays by Cory Doctorow - 28 essays from Sci-fi writer and net activist Cory Doctorow on "everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects." Download for FREE (pdf or audiobook). The essay Free(konomic) E-books, about how free ebooks help sales of print books, is especially recommended for writers and artists. - Bill Moyers on Media Reform - The veteran broadcast journalist's powerful speech at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis: "As ownership gets more and more concentrated, fewer and fewer independent sources of information have survived in the marketplace; and those few significant alternatives that do survive, such as PBS and NPR, are under growing financial and political pressure..."

ENVIRONMENT - The Nature Conservancy - The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. - National Parks Conservation Association - The mission of the NPCA is to protect and enhance America's National Parks for present and future generations. - Conservation International - CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. - Orion Magazine - excellent bimonthly focused on nature, the environment, and culture. Mind in the Forest and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist are recommended. - The Omnivore's Dilemma - An in-depth 2006 interview with writer Michael Pollan.

"We eat by the grace of nature, not industry. And we forget that. Every time we eat, we're engaging with the natural world, and all of our eating decisions are supporting one set of species or another, one kind of landscape or another. We can't live in full consciousness of that all the time, but to live in greater consciousness of it than we do is the first step toward changing our relationship to nature. I don't think you can call yourself an environmentalist if you're thoughtless about your eating." —Michael Pollan - Food as a National Security Issue - In an open letter to the next president, Michael Pollan explains how the nation's food policy has a wide ranging impact on national security, climate change, energy independence and health care. He warns that "the era of cheap and abundant food appears to be drawing to a close." Listen to the 2008 Interview / Read the Open Letter. - Slow Food USA - Supporting Good, Clean and Fair Food, SF is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. - American Community Gardening Association - ACGA is a nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. Helping you get involved with community gardening in your area. - Urban Gardening Help - A resource for urban gardening, both indoors and out. "In the biggest city, in the tiniest apartment, there exists the possibility to reconnect with the natural world through gardening." - Buddhist Economics - An excerpt from the book Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (1973) by E.F. Schumacher. Inspired by the Buddhist culture of Burma, Schumacher envisioned the development of localized, self-reliant economies and a more restrained, intellegent use of natural resources.

Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used. —Wendell Berry

AUTONOMOUS ZONE - The Century of the Self - This insightful award-winning British TV documentary series focuses on how emerging trends in psychology and advertising have influenced the way people shape their sense of individual identity. All four hour-long parts of the series are available online in full: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Watch this documentary. - Adbusters: Journal of the Mental Environment - A global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs advancing the new social activist movement of the information age. - Immediatism, essays by Hakim Bey on reclaiming artistic activity from the alienating forces of mediation and commodification (1994, previously published as the Radio Sermonettes). The Full Text is available online; the book's Introduction is here. - Temporary Autonomous Zone - The writings of Hakim Bey.

First murder the IDEA--blow up the monument inside us --& then perhaps...the balance of power will shift. When the last cop in our brain is gunned down by the last unfulfilled desire-- perhaps even the landscape around us will begin to change... —Hakim Bey - Mike Brodie: "The Polaroid Kidd" - Brodie’s photos offer an evocative portrait of what he simply calls "travel culture:" train-hoppers, vagabonds, squatters and hobos, people who live a largely transient life along the fringes of modern civilization. More photos here and here. Info and links at Wikipedia. - Reverse Graffiti - Paul Curtis (aka Moose) creates environmental graffiti by removing dirt and grime from urban surfaces. Check out his GreenWorks project. Also check out Edina Tokodi's moss graffiti, Anna Garforth's moss script, and Jesse Graves' mud stenciling. - Flash Mobs - Covertly organized by a senior editor of Harper's Magazine, the Mob Project was a kind of immediatist social art project, interesting in itself, that came to reveal how swiftly artistic concepts are often usurped by corporate advertising engines. - UBUWEB - a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. Expansive film, audio and text archives. - Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology - sketches of potential theories and tiny manifestos by David Graeber (2004). Links to Full Text PDF. - An End to Movements - In this engaging short essay, Rushkoff argues that “The best techniques for galvanizing a movement have long been co-opted and surpassed by public relations and advertising firms,” and that our best hope for fostering social change may no longer be top-heavy mass organization, but decentralized, direct action in our own communities.

Anarchism is, itself, an idea, even if a very old one. It is also a project, which sets out to begin creating the institutions of a new society "within the shell of the old," to expose, subvert, and undermine structures of domination but always, while doing so, proceeding in a democratic fashion, a manner which itself demonstrates those structures are unnecessary. —David Graeber, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

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