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the wertz generation

the scourge of complacency

8 September 1954
Another latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak. Except the latte and Volvo bits.

Get your own code!

If this journal occasionally looks a bit thin, it could be because a number of my entries are "friends only". Just add me and - hey, presto - you'll be exposed to ranting and complaining of a more personal nature. To spare even my friends, though, a lot of entries are private. No one gets to see those - mostly because they're totally mundane things like laundry lists. I have no problem posting about office politics or who I'm fucking or stupid things the cats are doing, but do you really need to know that I'm running low on toilet paper or want to vacuum the car?

Unless you're ridiculously bored or worryingly interested, ignore the fine print.

Scattered notes:

I have never registered with any political party. I was raised in a conservative Libertarian household in central Pennsylvania, but underwent a bit of a sea change during the late sixties/early seventies as a result of the Vietnam War, experimentation with psychoactive drugs, and promiscuous sex with every type of human being available. While generally left-leaning (as in progressive) - sometimes radically so - I maintain a bit of a Libertarian streak. I am extremely suspect of the Bush regime.

I was baptised a Methodist, studied Judaism and Islam, converted to Catholicism, and having seriously lapsed, emerged something of deistic Buddhist (though I definitely believe in a supra-human source of truth, beauty, and love, the consciousness of the atom, and the miracles of nature), with as many reservations about faith in science as faith in any organized religion.

I have a BFA in Theatre Theory and Criticism from Penn State and occupations have included actor, director and designer for theatre, waiter, journalist and critic, production designer for television, organic farmer, technical director of an arts center, prostitute, production manager in print media, sales associate, graphic artist and web designer, book-buyer, and coding specialist and analyst in market research. Notable employees, for longevity if nothing else, have included Radio Telefis Eireann (eight years), Horizon Production Company (seven years), Walt Disney World (six years), and Virgin Entertainment (2 years). For the past two years, I've been running the family business: Indian Caverns, a roadside attraction in central Pennsylvania.

I am primarily of Caucasian extraction (and that primarily Celtic), though I'm about one-eighth Mohawk.

I have an older brother and a younger sister (Methodist minister and occupational therapist, respectivel). I am predominantly, though not exclusively, gay and have been in a semi-monogamous relationship (affectionally faithful, sexually open to suggestion) with another male for twenty-eight years.

My partner (a broadcaster and journalist) and I have two foster sons, now aged 29 and 30: one extremely well-adjusted, though a former victim of abuse and abandonment, now married and working in Ireland in the computer industry; the other a heroin addict in recovery who supported his habit through prostitution during his early teen years, now in jail in Ireland for getting into a fight with an ex-girlfriend's boyfriend. I have learned more of life through these three men (plus a remarkable trio of women I met during my college years and two inordinately talented theatre directors), than any philosopher, politician, or theologian.

I have lived in New York and San Francisco, with brief stints in Grand Rapids and Albuquerque, and spent eighteen years in Ireland (primarily Dublin, with about a year or so in Waterford) with occasional visits to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Rome. I lived in Orlando for nine years - yes, I was there during that election - but returned to Pennsylvania two years ago, where I live with said partner and three cats (Toyota, Xerox, and Cheeto).

I have been politically active since I was fifteen, participating in countless demonstrations on a wide variety of issues (as well as a lot of fund-raisers), and frequently correspond with my representatives in Congress.

I smoke cigarettes a lot, other things a little, seldom drink (usually bourbon when I do), and I cook quite well when I have the time. I am an omnivore by birth.

I am ridiculously well-read and see far more movies than are worth it, but watch very little television.

I'm also on the staff of America's Debate where a (since banned) contributor once posted (in reference to some of my anti-racist contributions): "A population that does not discriminate in favor of itself, in favor of its culture, is replaced by foreign populations and foreign cultures. THAT is what we are seeing in the United States right now, at this very moment, thanx to the Wertz generation. The consequences of this will be the defining issue of the 21st Century and will dominate domestic and foreign policy."

The notion of "the Wertz generation" kinda stuck with the AD staff. Hence, the title of this journal. I must admit that I'm inclined to agree with the contributor in question - but from the opposite, multicultural, moral relativist, internationalist, Bush-bashing, America-hating, yadda whatever blah blah side of the fence.

Otherwise, I tend to be fairly private and seldom share personal details or experiences with anyone, heh.

As if the Interests weren't enough, these are a few of my favorite things:

♥ Writers: (fiction) Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Bertholt Brecht, Italo Calvino, Chas. Dickens, John DosPassos, Umberto Eco, Carey Harrison, Joseph Heller, Len Jenkin, James Joyce, Charles Ludlam, Flannery O'Connor, Joe Orton, Mervyn Peake, Wm. Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, Neal Stephenson, Rex Stout, Gore Vidal, Walt Whitman, W.B. Yeats; (non-fiction) James Agee, Jacques Barzun, Madame Blavatsky, Joseph Campbell, Joe Conason, Stephen Jay Gould, Julian Jaynes, Arthur Koestler, Terence McKenna, Thomas Merton, Carl Sagan, Oliver Sachs, G.B. Shaw, Rupert Sheldrake, Susan Sontag, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn; (columnists) Maureen Dowd, Jim Duensing, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, William Pitt, Ted Rall, Glenn Greenwald.

♥ Filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Ernst Lubitsch, Howard Hawkes, Preston Sturges, Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman, John Huston, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Hal Hartley, Peter Greenaway, Terry Gilliam, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton.

♥ Periodicals: The New York Review of Books, Harper's, Vanity Fair, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, The Nation, The American Conservative, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Irish Times, The Guardian/Observer, Times of India, The Onion.

♥ Tee-Vee: The Burns and Allen Show, Green Acres, All in the Family, SNL, Twin Peaks, The West Wing, Oz, Six Feet Under, Heroes, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock; The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, whatever might be happening on the History or Discovery channels.

♥ Music: (classical) Purcell, Billings, J.S. Bach, Chopin, Wagner, Tchaikowsky, Rossini, Offenbach, Mahler, Poulenc, Milhaud, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams; (soundtrack/show) Nino Rota, Kander & Ebb, Ennio Morricone, Stephen Sondheim, Michael Nyman, Jerry Herman, Mark Knopfler, Danny Elfman; (pop) The Drifters, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Lou Reed, John Lennon, The B-52s, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, U2, The Clash, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, REM, Annie Lennox, David Byrne, Julee Cruise, Butthole Surfers, MC 900 Foot Jesus, Blur, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Spiritualized, The Verve, Interpol, K-Os, The Postal Service, The Kaiser Chiefs, Arcade Fire, and Oppenheimer.

Enough, right?

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