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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…

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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!