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If a story (as a piece of writing or a film, etc) is something that occurs in one dimension, perhaps we can think of an interactive game as allowing a second dimension. This Website might be a story told in 3 or 4 dimensions. That is, it might be, depending on what I do. Depending on what you do.
No doubt this is a memoir, but if you take even a quick look you’ll see it’s other things as well. Maybe it’s an invitation. Certainly it’s a testimony. As for what else it could be, we’ll see. I think it depends a lot on your response.
Buy whatever else it is definitely a work in progress. Things will be added, changed and shift.
This is a multimedia and multidimensional hypertext tale where we’ll meet saints (well my idea of saints) junkies, hustlers, scholars and even the occasional billionaire, world leaders, freaks and just plain folks . We’ll travel from tranquil suburbs to third world slums, from modern megopolis to small villages suspended in time. From the towering Andes to the mysteries still buried in ancient ruins above the Anatolian plain.
Where I’ve used other people’s music, words, photos, etc I’ve tried to get permission, and give credit. Thanks to all of you for your help. If you think I’ve infringed on your privacy, rights, or ownership please let me know so we can sort things out.
I can promise you encounters of all kinds. For example, we’ll have encounters with death (both through disease, accident and deliberate violence), and encounters with some of the poorest, and some of the richest folks on the planet. We’ll meet a few famous folks, lots of interesting ones and, most importantly we’ll hang out with Silo (still at this point the most important unknown person on our little planet). We’ll contemplate seemingly impossible phenomena. Experience things apparently beyond the laws of physics. We’ll travel in both time and space, and generally have a rollicking good time.
Sounds cool right?
I’m almost 60 and I’m just coming round to the idea that there might be something in my life sufficiently interesting or important that I should leave some reflections or at least some kind of record. But the fact is, through the usual mix of circumstance, compulsion and maybe occasionally even choice, I’ve been witness to some extraordinary things.
I made a film years ago on the critic and scholar Northrup Frye . At one point I came across a quote from him, which if I remember correctly, was that what was interesting in his writing was William Blake. ,
I sympathize. Every time I think of writing some of this I end up simply wanting to say: go read Silo. Study what he wrote. But most importantly put it into practice. I don’t know anything better. Like the man said: “Here it speaks of the inner revelation to which all arrive who carefully meditate in careful search.” On the other hand, he was always insisting that I should write these things down, and encouraging all of us to share our experiences and our interpretations of those experiences and ideas.
-Someone else’s memoir: My encounters with Silo. A collection of more or less random memories and musings involving Silo and his message.
-Turning Points: Other moments in my life where things went one way when they easily could have gone another. Like the time my enraged friend Krag held a knife to my throat while musing aloud on why he should kill me. Interestingly, years later the media seemed full of news about a surge in knife fights and stabbings but it wasn’t until writing these notes that I realized that, as a young man, I was at least once almost killed with a knife and worse, at least once I almost killed someone with one.
– Anecdotes about Silo and his teaching
-My memoir: how I found myself here
-Fictions and Factions: anecdotes, stories, etc
-The Search for Mad John and Captain America (a separate website)