172 Slices
Medium 9780980184822

Even the Poorest Thing Shines

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

..........go to sleep at four a.m. and get up around noon regularly.That’s the schedule I tend to stabilize at when I’m not trying to be normal.So now it’s one in the morning and I’m sitting in the living room sorting through the books, seeing what’s come in since I last spent time looking through the shelves. There are several thousand books in the house, most of them spiritually related to one degree or another, so that, as it happens, the place I most enjoy book browsing is in my own home.That’s on the one hand.On the other hand, most of these books make me cringe with distaste and annoyance and I have an urge to use them to fuel a huge bonfire. In the context of having a wellstocked spiritual library that is amusing to browse, I enjoy it. In the context of not further confusing students already punch-drunk on bogus and conflicting spiritual knowledge,I want to make a pile and light a match.That, for example, is an interesting topic not addressed in a single one of these books that I know of; context.........

See All Chapters
Medium 9780980184822

The Uncherished Sword

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
Medium 9780980184839

The Break-Out Archetype

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

AHAB IS AN EXQUISITE CREATION, and a unique one. No other character in literature, philosophy or religion fulfills, even approximately, the description of the unknown archetype. Ahab not only fulfills it, he defines it.It is an archetype because it is a universal role in the human drama, transcending place, time and culture; common to all, accessible to all. It is the unknown archetype because the awakened state is an undiscovered and unsuspected country.It is the ultimate archetype because it is the final archetype, and it is final because it breaks out of the confines within.........

See All Chapters
Medium 9780971435223

To Be, or Not to Be

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
Medium 9780989175944

ACT VI: FEDALLAH

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

Fedallah: A shadowy figure staring malevolently out from a dark corner, holding harpoon. Large face and head, high braided black hair, darkly exotic, demonic red eyes. Only visible as called for.

AHAB paces back and forth on the quarterdeck, step-THUMP, step-THUMP, boot and whalebone leg, stops to lean on rail and contemplate the sea, facing audience.

AHAB

Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more? In what rapt ether sails the world of which the weariest will never weary?

Forty, forty, forty years ago! Forty years of continual whaling! Forty years of privation and peril and stormtime! Forty years on the pitiless sea! For forty years has

Ahab forsaken the peaceful land to make war on the horrors of the deep!

What is it? What nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it? What hidden lord and master commands me that against all natural lovings and longings I keep pushing myself on, recklessly making me do what in my own proper heart I would not so much as dare?

(slams hand down on rail)

See All Chapters

See All Slices