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Booker Prize new POP Art Win

The POPolution (PinkyOrangePurple) has been recognised by the Booker Prize, mentioned here yesterday, with Milkman by Anna Burns winning it for Faber and Faber; it’s only book. F&F was also mentioned here yesterday as the publishers of Moby’s Porcelain memoir.

Against Hierarchical Grooming

The subject matter is also relevant to the greenYgrey/POP cause, campaigning against hierarchical grooming, as I have been doing for the last fifteen years in university, work and writing.

As long as the subject is being written about and read it doesn’t matter who’s doing it, although I would obviously have preferred it to be me; I add with unhumble narcissistic egotism self-parody to ‘keep it real’, and try not to look too unctuous and obsequious (two new words I learnt recently and remembered now off the top of my coffilosophy head, and spelt correctly).

New POP Art

I don’t want to let serious issues overshadow the POP celebrations though, and here’s the winning cover stripped of content in true Andy Warhol-style pop art; which could just as well have been the cover of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, representing greenYgrey’s POP art travel quest for the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol.

Even the simple title ‘Milkman’ is quite pop art, reminding me of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup tins and Coca Cola bottle images. I don’t think he did milk, but there are some other condensed milk ones in pop art style available online:

See the source image

Thank you Anna Burns, Faber and Faber and the Booker Prize judging panel.

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Moby’s Creativity Buzz Beyond Coffilosophy

I wrote to ‘try and make a difference’ in the greenYgrey years, as most creatives do; either holistically for humanity and/or nature; or their demographical groups. However, a lot of the time they either end up clashing and cancelling each other out; either political or personal; or within themselves and different parts of their lives – demographic v philosophy – or after a while even with their different age groups – youth v adulthood/middle-age.

I also wrote because I enjoy it, and think it’s the ‘career’ I’m best at: it suiting what I think is my ADHD/bipolar mind, still undiagnosed; more deep philosophical thinking than quick or automatic.

More Moby Empathy than Expected

I didn’t know much about Moby until reading his memoir, Porcelain. His Feeling So Real song was one of my favourites when I got into dance music in 1995, I loved the Play album and like the rest, and saw him at a magical light sunset time at Glastonbury 2000. I knew he was a Christian and into animal rights, but that was about it when I included him as a good monotheist (MiMo Moby: Mildly Monotheistic Moby) character in the second of the greenYgrey trilogy: Werewolf of Oz.

I related to Moby a lot more than I thought after reading his memoir, such as he having a poor one-parent upbringing; likes rock/metal and dance; went from Christianity into agnosticism; had times of hedonism and abstinence; and was looking for deep safe love while risking his life having a good time.

I’m not going to go into everything here, just that at the end of the book he describes the joys of the creative moment nicely, creating his breakthrough classic Play, which was at a time when his early career success was flagging; a creative process I’ve called coffilosophy and philosotea, as that’s when it usually happens to me; and Nick Cave described nicely at the end of 20,000 Days On Earth; and what has been my biggest personal destination for myself through my writing.

Moby: Porcelain: a Memoir
(Faber and Faber, 2016; he doesn’t mention being a character in WoO!)

P. 465: ‘…I had been getting into the… hypnotic workflow that was better than liquor or drugs or sex or science-fiction books…’
P. 468: ‘I sat back and felt that buzz I got only when I’d written something that might be good: a sense of space and expansion in and around my head, as if time were slowing and becoming richer…’
P. 469: ‘…And I knew then it was really done. I didn’t know whether it was good; I didn’t know whether anyone else would like it. But sitting cloistered in my tiny studio, sheltered from the cold rain, I thought it was complete and beautiful.’

Booker Prize Candidate Opinion Not So Outlandish

That’s how I felt when I finished the greenYgrey trilogy: a work of art; as a past winner of the Booker Prize described his book on a programme looking back at it last night. This year’s winner will be announced tonight.

I think XaW Files is/was good enough to be a contender, but I’m not a good enough reader to be a judge; reading 100 books and deciding between them. This is my forte, and the place I love to be: dipping into deep mind philosophy.

If you don’t believe that of somebody like me, then you don’t know your chavistory (chav history); as previous winners of the Booker have been – just as/or more – rougher and rawer; such as James Kelman’s  Glasgow dialect winner in 1984.

I tried to map my writer mind while travelling through the greenYgrey. It’s not too late to explore… but there will be no more… it would be like adding to a painting I feel is finished…

Moby’s Anti-White Heterosexual Prejudice Experiences Before Meghan

In his memoir, Porcelain, Moby writes of going to a club and he and his friend being the only whites there. He was greeted by a transsexual saying ‘Is it Klan night tonight?’ He was then spat on a couple of times while dancing. P.87-88: ‘I wanted to defend myself – No! I love black music! I’m not a racist! I’m sorry I’m white.’

I’m not surprised that kind of thing happened, as I suffered similar working in a similar UK area, but was shocked it happened to Moby, as he’s a very hip looking dude.

It was only a small part of Moby’s book, and he had mostly good relations with non-whites; as I did, especially before a manager started stirring them up!; and has of course had them in his band since. Like Moby, I try to rise above the anti-white/hetero/lesbiman prejudice I’ve faced, especially being a doctor of philosophy!

Not in the British Media Coverage: Road to Princess Meghan

I have nothing against Meghan personally, but it just seemed a coincidence that she came into the royal picture after a year of one-sided ‘race – (mostly) white police on blacks – coverage’ in the UK.

There was apparently an opium epidemic killing much more people at the same time in the USA, mostly whites, but I never saw that on the headline news.

It was in a documentary on the BBC I saw that, as well as the extent of the gun violence problem – a weekend spent in Chicago, so I can’t claim they’re totally biased, but much more people watch main channel headline news than late night lower channel documentaries.

After the last big UK riots I said the gangs were just copying the USA, with them calling the police ‘feds’ a giveaway. I’ve seen that featured in the film ‘Hyena‘ since.

Maybe Harry and Meghan is all a coincidence; very clever man Richard Osman joked on Have I Got News For You a while ago that he thought Harry was going to marry a Kardashian!

Empire Strikes Back

I’ve never been a royalist, and joked before that I was the true king, descended from pagan greats Boudicaa and Penda; The Man Who Would Be King, parodying Rudyard Kipling’s classic.

Maybe the Established took me seriously, and now they’ve got a ‘race filter’ guarding their front-line; like Kanye West with Donald Trump.

So I will outflank the Palace PR machine, one foot forward and two steps back, as the grooming Head of Department in charge of my PhD said about me apparently, to another student, as he tried to de-chav me; never thinking I could pierce it; by wishing Harry and Meghan well for their pregnancy and birth of their child, and I really mean that.

They both seem to have personality faults; as footballing great Peter Crouch says about Harry, and some of Meghan’s family say about her!; but some good factors too. They don’t mean hardly anything to me really, except they’re on the news!

Parody Comedy Beyond Humanity Creates Historic Sunshine Cover

The song ‘You Are My Sunshine’ has been around for about seventy years according to Wikipedia, and as far as I know, and I guess almost certainly, the sunshine has been used metaphorically for a human.

After my historic May wedding to the sun in Gretna Green we’ve enjoyed a wonderful summer, with a long honeymoon period, a cooling off period, and an Indian Summer rekindling of the old passionate heat.

So I’d like to here and now bring you the first version of You Are My Sunshine I do believe, is introduced and intended to not be a metaphor, but is indeed truly meant for our sun; the star of our solar system; and a top ten star in our Milky Way galaxy.

I could’ve recorded it myself, but I think this version will sound better, provides publicity to a good singer, and is of course easier for me! But please imagine it’s me singing to the sun… at least once, while appreciating Jasmine Thompson’s talent the rest of the time!!

Disclaimer: I don’t know Jasmine Thompson at all, and she had nothing to do with this blog. This video was the first suggestion on YouTube when I searched the song.

Banksy Art – Suicidal Tendencies – Umberto Eco – Marcel Duchamp – German Protestors

Hero hippies aren’t on crack
they’re on the railroad track…

a group of people around a track: Demonstrators sit down on the rails of the coal trains while police officers are arriving and surrounding them.

… adding colour to the greenygrey
human nature beautiful display.

Banksy YouTube Conspiracy?

I wrote Banksy’s shredding of his painting at Sotheby’s was reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover in yesterday’s blog post.

I also wrote it was a total coincidence I was listening to it on YouTube. I think it was, but it was a suggested video, or their Freedumb album (1999) was first, and AoR followed, so who knows how it works; I don’t!

Maybe Banksy works for YouTube, or knows somebody that does?

Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum

If you think about things like that, the possibilities are endless. I recently read Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum (1988), and he makes that point; that there are always connections if you look hard enough; something I showed in my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity.

I am now certain XaW is a credible Eco for beginners: a less scholarly, but more entertaining version. We both studied semiotics at university; I did mine on my own, straying from the methodology the department wanted, starved of supervision in my first year.

Both books have thin plotlines and are more a writer digging deep into philosophy, psychology and knowledge, for personal learning and sharing. I was bored for much of the over 600 pages of Pendulum, and think most modern casual readers will be; whereas I wrote XaW in small entertaining sections, ideal for the modern social media user with low attentions spans, because that’s what I am; especially because I think I always have had ADHD.

Eco (no relation to environment!) passed away a while ago, and was obviously a great writer and academic, so I’m not being ‘competitive’!

Banksy Art History – Marcel Duchamp’s Readymadesy

The greenYgrey didn’t find the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol, on the XaW Files travel quest, but it did find Marcel Duchamp and his Readymades. I realised that the relevant images and photos I’d been rebranding greenygrey/greenYgrey; and then POP (PinkyOrangePurple) were like what Duchamp had done a century earlier, in what some people consider the most important artistic contribution of the century. I named mine readYmades, in line with the greenYgrey rebranding!

Jonathan Jones traced Banksy back to Duchamp in an article on MSN today. There is even a link to the Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion album cover featuring the Mona Lisa, as Jones cites Duchamp’s drawing on a copy of the Mona Lisa.

A fresh coffilosophy thought now wonders if Suicidal Tendencies knew of Duchamp, and they were referencing him by featuring the Mona Lisa. Are they modern dadaists, protesting against elitism and war in their own LA way… the possibilities are endless..!

I hadn’t connected the railroad tracks image at the top of the blog post to the Banksy-Duchamp article when I started writing this, but now I realise it’s my latest greenYgrey readYmade.

The greenYgrey may have left Earth, but it’s spirit lives on…

I apologise if this blog post has been too long, and it’s been very male. Gwyneth Paltrow was on the news this morning promoting her Goop brand, and she talked and looked great, and many women are capable of great art and deep thinking, as I’ve tried to strongly promote over the last fifteen years of arduous; sometimes fun; creative writing… and editing, which is never really fun, but is rewarding when improving the spontaneous prose and eliminating errors that would have spoilt it.

 

Banksy Thanksy? References greenYgrey in Sotheby’s Display

MSN featured a video on the news this morning wondering if it was Banksy filming his own shredding stunt, which I think was an excellent return to form, for me anyway, surprising me at least, returning me to how I felt when his/their artwork first started appearing. They were an inspiration to me and my Greenygrey/greenYgrey concept. I thought his dismaland theme park was like the old-fashioned greenygrey sunless world, before its yellow core rebranding (with a big chunk of parody/satire comedy, mixing sunshine and cowardice connotations, greenYgrey style!).

Great Artists Reference Each Other

Banksy referenced Picasso on Instagram explaining the painting shredding: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” – Picasso

Did he also reference the greenYgrey as he started his video filming the scene in Sotheby’s (presuming it was him), choosing to include this rebranded greenYgrey painting, another homage to continue the great greenYgrey epic classic tale; while at the same time commenting on how the crowd were only interested in his ‘celebrity status’ image, ignoring the great greenYgrey art in front of them!:

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As Banksy explained how he created his art, I will also let you in on my secret. I read MSN this morning, watched the video, went back and stopped it where I saw the greenYgrey near the start, and then screenprinted it.

Then I cropped it to the finished image, leaving the timeline visible, to show it was right at the start.

There was also some Banksy inspiration to my wandering wondering poetry, although there were many others too, from past decades and centuries.

By total coincidence I was playing Suicidal Tendencies’ Art of Rebellion (1992) yesterday morning, and thought that was relevant to Banksy’s shredded painting, as well as the Mona Lisa in flames being very greenYgrey… years before my greenYgrey… maybe Banksy was referencing ST… via me!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirror-Poems-Reflections-Marc-Latham-ebook/dp/B0094

Saturday Saturn Rings Wooden Shjips Mix Space Journey

For ears I sailed on wooden ships while my eyes watched a dying spacecraft feel rain falling from Saturn’s rings, sending me off course, of course, returning my memory to Blade Runner (+2049):

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/rain-falls-from-saturns-rings—and-a-dying-spacecraft-tasted-it/ar-BBO0kiF?ocid=spartanntp

Deeper into my mind I remembered an Iron Buddha album cover that reminded me of the greenYgrey’s third of a fantasy fiction travel quest to a new POP (PinkyOrangePurple twilight times) art theme, searching for our Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol, whose favourite catchphrase was wolf not war:

Before wondering if POP is all in my mind, a product of all them witches!:

The thought of so much great relatively unknown underground music on YouTube comforted what is left of the writer in me: