on last week’s essay titled Obey,
I’ve expanded the theme week with a new essay titled Obedience.
A fundamental issues of our time is the relationship between
legitimacy of political institutions and the obedience
of citizens to follow orders. In the age of social media,
we have a generation born after 1990 whose mindset shaped
by a digital landscape. What does obedience mean to this
documentary film crew from New York has been interviewing
me about Barney Rosset, legendary publisher and founder
of Grove Press, who published among others Henry Miller
and Samuel Beckett. Barney was a mentor for nearly twenty
years. Barney was a fan of the Vincent Calvino series.
I wrote essays and reviews published by Barney Rosset
in his Evergreen Press. I spent many hours inside his
New York loft in the East Village, and he spent many hours
with me in Bangkok.
Star of Love, my short story is based on an afternoon
drinking in Patpong with my mentor Barney Rosset. This
story along with three essays about Barney Rosset, Henry
Miller and George Orwell are now available on amazon.com
under the title Obey.
short book uses essays and fiction to examine the role
of a political writer (George Orwell) and a sensual writer
(Henry Miller). These two iconic literary figures used
their work to challenge the conventional norms establishing
the ground rules for our sexual and political arrangements.
a great week.