- Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:38 am
Yes african culture is interesting, and the novelists and poets and theorists are an inspiration. they are geniuses. to say nothing of the musicians. and the cooks. and the priests etc. the caribbean is awesome too, been infatuated by many caribbean things, including the women, not to mention a girl from mali i was really into but it was unrequited, im not sure why but at one point i was really depressed about it. she could speak english french and bambara and arabic. i have no clue how i will ever learn another language, especially african or martinique or haiti french and creole or yoruba kikongo or bambara/malinke... also not sure about my ability to survive in places like trinidad, mali, jamaica, yorubaland, lagos, matanzas etc. cuz i wasnt really raised to be street smart.
I used to think that myy biggest goals in life are to become a Jungian and nietzschean thinker, I think these two guys really understand life and thought better than 99 percent of the bs out there. cant forget marx and engels, leslie white and others. After that there is some African and Caribbean literature I really want to deeply grasp. I know reading can unground you, on the other hand i wil tell you about the lit, because it really is phenomenal and deep and an extraordinary glimpse into culture, history, aand different ways of writing english
Im thinking here of maryse conde, earl lovelace, chinua achebe, david daybedeen, ooma kempadoo, amilcar cabral, clr james, Thomas sankara, toni Morrison, amos tutuola, ben okri, kojo laing, Wilson harris, chimamanda ngozie adichie, cyril daybydeen, dionne brand, zora neal hurston, james baldwin, edgar mittleholzter, samuel selvon, roger mais, vic reid, andrew salkey, martin carter, christopher okigbo, George lamming, derek Walcott, vs Naipaul, kamau Brathwaite, leopold senghor, jean price mars, jacques roumain, jacques stephen alexis, Yvonne vera, ngugi wa thiongo and Nuruddin Farah and wole Soyinka... I like black and indian girls from the Caribbean and Africa. yes that is true. last gf ten or so years ago was a puerto rican mulata from detroit and it was awesome, we both loved hector lavoe and gran combo and other latin musicians like chucho valdez, ruben blades and edie palmierie
. starting judo and tai chi to take care of the weight issue. might even do some wing chun
the thing is the literature is really dope and i like it alot. always have loved caribbean and african things for some odd reason. it is good to learn through the literature and various intellectuals what has been going on in the third world. i am half european so i read about that too, germanic and austrian stuff mostly (dad is austrian with a thick accent) so as far as that goes i really like marx, herbert marcuse, the two revolutionary thinkers, the french guys emile durkheime abd the french anthropologist levi strauss and french psychoanalyst jacques lacan. also from my germanic side i appreciatee immensly carl jung who has researched egyptian religion, persian and babylonian assyrian and native american and buddhist and hindu texts, all to form some of the most revealing psychological insights and damn good reading that has ever been done. i once knew a black afro centric yoga guru and black psychologist at famu who liked carl jung too, but didnt always admit it.... because of him i am keen on a very important afro centric scholar: Molefi Keite Asante. he is the man, his two books on afrocentrism, his book on kemet philosophy, his african and african american history books are all essential to help see what the black view is all about. Wilson Harris is relatively obscure but has been nominated for a nobel prize a few times, i knew his grand daughter. they all hail from guyana, a fascinating south american country that identifies itself as west indian in culture like jamaica trinidad or barbados other countires i am interested in. I was best frinds with certain members of his family and allmost attended the prestigious morehouse college with them in atlanta georgia, i visited them at morehouse and met many entertaining guyanese nigerian trini jamaican and eritrean people as well as man african americans. it was a good time in my life. but that was long ago.... since then i have worked in several restaraunts, grown nauseated by the hospitality industry (while i dream of opening a trinidad haiti guyana nigeria ghana and senegal themed restaurant) and gotten back into school for something i love.
im just trying to give u more info, personally i am not that joyful, some bad things happened in my twenites. ibesides heartbreak, mental illness, and bad grades in school. i basically live with my parents. i am on disability. soon to be 34, and very worried.
but action is the plan.
my plan is to get back into school, make straight a's and do directed indipendant studies with my favorite professors, there are four: an africanist who speeaks french and bambara and is right now in guinea and ivory coast. he is white, but an initiated dozo sorceror (dozo are islamic/traditional hunters from the ivory coast that formed a militia to handle theives, highwaymen and violent crime, he wrote the definitive anthropology book on them)
then there is a professor of caribbean lit esp francophone and haitian lit, we get along well and he thinks im smart because of him i know about jacques stephen alexis and derek walcott. and i told him i knew who wilson harris was, and he said ah yes, one of the caribbeans finest writers. he said to keep in touch so one of these days i will email him
the anthro dept just hired a frenchman from duke! duke has a famous haitian studies dept, and this guy specializes in haiti, so i am hoping we will connect.
then there is the chair of the anthro dept who is an archaeologist, she has studied spanish sights in both trinidad and haiti, she is in my corner, knowsi have had difficulties with mental illness (i thought i sold my soul to the devil and will burn forever in fire)
nope cant do psychedelics, weed brough all of this on when i was twenty or so. cant smoke weed.
i dont go to drum circles but i was druming for a while with epple from pittsburg, but i ran afowl of them, said "disrespectful things" to the sistas, etc, made an ass out of myself, i am contentious, i will debate this, but if groups of black men are aganst you, then u aint in the click, and thats how it goes. i admit i was a bit unstable when i interacted with htem, on no meds, wanted to initiate into ifa and vodun, hasnt happened yet, got many books on ifa and vodun, hope it happens one day. thats one of the bad things that happened in my twenties, i got jelous of the drummers the black dudes that had been groomed for the big time afro centric professional drummer and dancer lifestyle since the age of six or whatever, im sure u know how it goes, andu know they must of thought i didnt know my own culture, was unbalance,d, and approaching it all wrong. ive read the drummers path, i know how certain african americans question white motives and ontologey etc.
i knew about the ausar auset society way before these pittsburg cats. i gave all my metu neter books to the guyanese fellow who went to morehouse. ive been deeply into black culture for a while, butn ow im trying over the last seven year or so to make sure i know my austrian and hapos burg history. jung is the best for that and i have books by austrians too, havnt read it all yet.
i live in tallahassee florida, five or six hours from the miami area
sorry if any of this turns you off, but i figured this might be a good place to get some knowledge
i do have a shrink, hes pretty good, half muskogee creek, its fun. seeing him tomorrow