Thanks, Greta, for the question. Mostly people just preach at me, which is fine because I learn what people are thinking and what they value. The overriding project at this time in my life is writing my book on philosophy. Actually that has been the overriding project for almost all my life. I have and have had for a long long time something to say. I love writing and thinking about philosophy. My books are readily available on the Internet, but of course they are not the type of books that are popular so I have almost no readers. It’s understandable. I think you have figured out that my basic philosophy is not yours and not to your taste. I have no objection.Greta wrote: ↑July 10th, 2019, 7:32 pmGLS, I am all for madness and partake in it myself, but I'm wondering if the level of self focus you are displaying is reflective of how you live and think. Is driving-the-Gary-bus the overriding project at this time of your life?
What are your thoughts about those things that are not Gary? Do you see the sacred or profane, or to what extent?
I am here in Kathmandu now and I have to compile something on a particular aspect of Hinduism. I’m writing about Jhakris, who are shamans, and Tantra. The problem is that normal academic writing is totally inadequate for capturing what I think is the essence of all that. Therefore, I write, and I think I have to write, in an artistic style. The style I use is that of Conceptual Art, in particular Conceptual Poetry, which I first learned from the Beats. i.e. William Burroughs with his cut-up style and Allen Ginsberg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq_hztHJCM4&t=444s
I have lived most of my life in Iowa City, Iowa, which is famous for its Writer’s Workshop and for Gustav Bergmann, the world’s most difficult Analytic philosopher. I mix together Logical Analysis, as it has come down to us from Cambridge and Vienna, with Beat poetry. Of course, I am post-post-modern, and not postmodern and certainly not modern, except if you pile enough posts on modern you eventually get back to it, maybe. Poetry and analytic philosophy are what I am. Of course the poetry is as unusual to people as is the philosophical realism that I present. I remain odd to people, but it ain’t my fault; it the fault of the stream of intellectual thought I am rowing my boat in.
As for the sexuality in my writing. Well, why not? Have you read the Beat poets? If you have then you understand. I am not a f*cking rationalist. They are so very very very clean and pure in their high morality. I think they are the offspring of the British missionaries who came here to save the heathen and ended up totally scandalized by the sexuality of Tantra.
I spend my days mostly alone, reading, thinking and writing. I often walk over to one of the Buddhist monasteries nearby and get some good, cheap food. I sometimes talk to Hindu pundits, but they are mostly worried about keeping their job at the university. Reading has totally gone out of style with them. As it has for most denizens of the Internet. A young man comes over every other day and cooks and cleans for me. Right now the rainy season has started. I like that, but the cockroaches are a problem. I think you probably have no more questions to ask me, so I hope I have answered your question adequately.