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By James L. Harmon

Simply in time for commencement, a sensible and edgy choice of suggestion for teenagers from dozens of the main inventive and visionary humans in the world. participants include:

Camille Paglia • Wayne Koestenbaum • Jonathan Ames • Jennifer Belle • Howard Zinn • Joe Dallesandro • Bruce LaBruce • Dr. Laura Schlessinger • Tom Robbins • Judith Butler • Martha Nussbaum Horst • William S. Burroughs • Larry Niven • Veruschka • Lydia Lunch • Spalding grey • Eileen Myles • Roger Scruton • Ken Kesey Mary Gaitskill • Richard Powers • Mark Dery • Florence King • Mark Simpson • Bob Shacochis • Joanna Scott • Quentin Crisp • Carolyn Chute • Michael Thomas Ford • Alexander Theroux • George Saunders • Charles Baxter • Ian Shoales • Fay Weldon • Bruce Benderson • Scott Russell Sanders • John Shirley • Dr. John funds • Cindy Sherman • Richard Meltzer • Gene Wolfe • Abbie Hoffman • Diane Wakowski • Richard Taylor • Bette Davis • Arthur Nersesian • Jim Harrison • Martha Gellhorn • Lucius Shepard • Dan Jenkins • Steve Stern • Murray Bookchin • John Zerzan • Maurice Vellekoop • Joel-Peter Witkin • Stewart domestic • Maxx Ardman • Katharine Hepburn • Bret Lott • Lynda Barry • Alain de Botton • Mary McCarthy • Hakim Bey • Anita O'Day • Chris Kraus • R. U. Sirius • C. D. Payne W. V. Quine • Rita Dove • Robert Creeley • Valerie Martin • Paul Krassner • Alphonso Lingis • Mark Helprin • John Rechy • Ram Dass • William T. Vollmann • Bettie web page

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Germ theory, which would explain their true cause, would not be discovered until the 1870s. Masturbation, it was said, was caused by lascivious thought and concupiscence of the mind, which in today’s language means erotic fantasy. Children’s minds were declared to be innocent and pure, and would remain so, even in adolescence, unless they were stimulated by impure thoughts. Pornography was dreaded like the plague, for it was believed to stimulate loss of semen, especially by causing masturbation, and thus in turn sexual disease, degeneracy, and death.

From my point of view, it made perfect sense to start avoiding the kind of film in which I walked around the room with my pants off while transvestites screamed at me. Years later I threw that away, lost control, and got into trouble with alcohol and drugs and all sorts of bad behavior. It was like a contest to see how many things I could steal before I got my head shot off or something. It came close to that before I was scared into being good for a while. It took years for me to understand that I needed to achieve a balance in my life.

One finds oneself existing in the oceanic depths, in the skies. Seventy-five percent of earth’s surface is ocean. When you go into the ocean you realize that until then you did not know the planet. Ecstatic states change the perceptual space-time coordinates, making us enter a universe of microperceptions, molecular kaleidoscopes, scintillations, and irradiations. Swimmers who swim the British Channel set out with that integration of all faculties Saint-Exupery found in night flying. But as they swim, their minds empty out, the mental awareness of the difficulties and the methods to deal with them fades away, the attention to dangers and to the goal itself dissolves in the waves, and they enter into something of the no-mind state achieved by adepts of Zen.

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