Written and Edited by CYPRESS BUTANE
I chose the name ‘The Haunted Typewriter’ to encapsulate a number of meanings. First to say that as writers, when we sit down in front of our keyboard, there is a spirit at our shoulders, that of the whole history of literature and art that has come before. Whether it is there to spook us, intimidating us out of daring to attempt what we might attempt, or whether it might aid us as a steadying hand of fellowship, it also courses through us. There is no way to separate ourselves from it. And also, I think as a cyberpunk author, there is a hint of the ghost in the machine metaphor. That of the hardware and software mixture, where consciousness comes from a complexity and emergence. And the ghost is perhaps a poltergeist who shocks our fingers into action and energy. And finally, there is the curse of the mechanization of the human spirit, the player piano syndrome. Whereby machines may learn to do the things human beings hold as foundational to the meaning of their lives. IF artificial intelligence can write stories just as well, or better than any of us can… Well, do a predictive text with as the beginning of the sentence, and you let me know how it turns out. I’ll be here trying to make my life artful and mean something positive, to me.
This blog will explore issues of literary theory and writing, the mind of the writer, techne and spirit, and cyberpunk philosophy and art.
Inaugural Episode / Filmwatch: ‘Hot Fuzz’ (2007)
According to some philosophers, we live in the age of Post-Modernism, the era after meaning, after the center has collapsed and all interpretation and authority is up for grabs for whoever shouts loudest or can claim the territority for themselves in their own distinct ways. Long ago, the Church was the center of the universe and the source of everyman’s ‘Meta-Narrative’– the story of all truth in the universe, eminating from the top on down. Now, we are left to tell our own stories, as well we can. “Everything is strategic and adventurous, for these reasons, there is nowhere to begin.’ I am starting weekly Neo-Pagan Techno-Shaman Cyberpunk Dispatches with Tarot Card pulls, Art-Maps, and Arch-Themes for the Week behind and ahead.
Tarot Card Of The Week – Eight of Swords Film of the Week – The Kovak Box (2006) Discussing – Science, Experiment, Art, Teleology, Cosmology, Narcissistic Meta-Fiction, Choices of Will and Conscious Apprehension, Art and Unconscious Exploration, Time Wasted Being Happy, Capitalism and Mortality, Scientology, Games (Which Need Rules), & Vampires
EPISODE #3 – MAD ELEGIES /// Discussing the film ‘The Night Stalker’ (1972) / Tarot Card 6 of Pentacles / Vampire: The Masquerade / RPG Mechanics as Post-Modern Catechisms and Field Guides to Alernative Soteriology / ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ / Cultural Acceleration and Undead Breath Control
EPISODE #4 – SUDDEN DEATH IN CAROLINA /// Discussing the film ‘Melancholia’ (2011) / Tarot Card Queen of Swords / Giant Wave Art Installation in South Korea / “Stay Hydrated” / God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night / ( Rainer Maria Rilke Poem ) / Francis Bacon and the origins of Western Science Philosophies / “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain” / Abrahamic Religions / Pieter Bruegel the Elder / Weltlandschaft – aka ‘World Landscape’ / Depression and Social Expectations / The Right Stuff (1983) / The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) / Thelma & Louise (1991) Public Media Art #1 “WAVE” Full ver. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZxKd… Smart Project (Summer Media Art) | Seoul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ4eW… Video that helped me choose the poem, which I mentioned, about Rilke in terms of religious devotion. Good talk. Rilke and Rumi: Poets of Longing – February 7, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKqtw…
Returning with a new dispatch, hoping to get back into doing this weekly. Took some time off after getting overwhelmed with the schedule I set out to meet and then the killing of George Floyd sparking major protests across the U.S., which I tried to lend some support to. I also got a new computer that should make video rendering MUCH faster and hopefully I can get back on a weekly schedule of releasing a podcast, this time talking more about my own writing projects more and less about pop culture or whatever. In this episode I discuss a bit the outline of the novel series I’m working on ‘The Kybernetes Cycle: “Quo Vadis, Sailor?””. I talk some about the first novel in the cycle which I am currently at work on, which is titled ‘THE SKEIN’ and involves my main character’s Adolai Shungyosai’s invention of his proprietary brain-computer-interface technology. My writing aims to explore the cataclysms of TECHNOLOGY and SPIRITUALITY. Just last week I got some important insight into Shungyosai’s character while reading a biography of Martin Luther (Martin Luther: The Christian Between God and Death – by Richard Marius) and I talk about that, and then read the passage I wrote which will likely end up being the last scene, a kind of epilogue, at the end of the first novel, before he heads out to California to found his big tech company and his Virtual Reality Cult.
Discussing character development, thoughts behind writing my main character in my novel-in-progress ‘the Skein’. My main character Shungyosai is a computer programmer developing the world’s first fully immersive virtual reality (Matrix Style).
Latest episode before I took a break for almost a year. Contains updates on my cyberpunk novel in progress, ‘The Skein’. I aim to get back to releasing videos soon. Sometime in May of 2021. And will do them once a month to make it more feasible to keep up with output.