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Saturday, December 18th, 2004
2:42 am - “Join My Cult!” help promotron

If you find this interesting, or already have a copy in hand... please
post this to your livejournal, myspace, etc... and pass it on. It's worth
checking out.

“Join My Cult!” Released By New Falcon Press: 10-23-04

In an age of Corporate-defined culture when even rebellion is
pre-packaged, what happens when a group of young suburban adults who
refuse to join any established genre band together?

In "Join My Cult!" (http://www.joinmycult.org), underground artist James
Curcio invites the reader to join this unique band of explorers as they
experiment with shamanism, magick, vision question, hallucinogenic drugs,
and what legendary novelist Robert Anton Wilson describes as "guerilla

The approach is already working. Guerilla ontologists have already
planted the http://www.joinmycult.org meme in many places from mainstream
publications like JIVE to on-line outlets such as disinfo.org and

Curcio is known in some circles as a musician (Babalon). Others know his
work as a visual artist, (http://www.jamescurcio.net). His novel "Join My
Cult" is now available from Arizona-based publisher New Falcon Press.
Curcio's name now stands alongside such New Falcon authors as Timothy
Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Dr. Christopher Hyatt, and Aliester Crowley.

Curcio's release of "Join My Cult" coincides with the kick-off of a
related multi-media project and New Falcon's new e-zine, Digital Falcon.

Here's why so many are rushing to "Join My Cult!":

"Join My Cult! reads like a stroboscopic MTV docu-drama of Ulysses and
--- Peter Carroll, author of PsyberMagick, Liber Null &
Psychonaut and Liber Kaos: The Psychonomicon

"The slick site for James Curcio's occulture novel Join My Cult (Tempe AZ:
New Falcon Press, 2004) offers a multimedia exploration of characters,
essays, journal entries and soundscapes. With a nod to Robert Anton Wilson
and the chaos magick school, Curcio offers his insights on Tantra, Babalon
and the Parzival mythos"
--- Website review by Disinfo.org

"Did I read Join My Cult? Or was it just a strange and wonderful dream?
James Curcio has created a lunatic narrative that haunts and teases with
the promise of revelations to come. Open this book only if you are
prepared for a reality-wrenching journey into the secrets of the Invisible
--- Philip H. Farber, author of FutureRitual: Magick for the 21st Century

"James Curcio has one hand on Pandora's box and the key to open it in the
other. Join My Cult is an invitation to chaos, treading the thinly veiled
landscape between madness and genius. Once you make the trip, there is no
turning back."
--- Devon White, certified hypnotist and founder of Synergy Media Network
& LIAR magazine

When James Curcio (a.k.a. Agent139) isn't secretly mind-controlling
impressionable youth, he poses as the creative director of a number of
media companies and projects. He is currently working on pre-production
for Fas Ferox, a multimedia graphic novel project with a team of artists
including creative consultant multi-award winning novelist Neil Gaiman. He
resides in Upstate New York when he isn't traveling.


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Sunday, November 7th, 2004
4:16 am - In case if you weren't wondering.

Thee essays have gone live.

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
5:01 pm - 10-23 : A day to live in infamy


A project 10 years in the making is finally complete, and available.

JOIN MY CULT! has been released to the masses! God knows what will ensue. For those of you who somehow have missed hearing about the project, it is "about" a group of young adults in suburban america that fall through the cracks of the ad-culture and start dabbling with shamanism, visionary drug use, magick, etc. and wind up well over their heads. Much of it is told from within the walls of a mental asylum, that final arbiter of real/unreal.

Pick up an early copy at a 10% discount HERE. Spread the word.

This has been a public service announcement of the Mothers of the Cuban Revolution and Larry Snodgrass, et al.

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Thursday, September 9th, 2004
10:32 pm - Calling Artists & Writers.

As many of you may know by now, the collaborative novel - headed by Agent 139 - entitled Join My Cult! will be hitting the market in 2 weeks. This has been an effort spanning 9 years, and many co-authors, incarnations, and of course the endless trials of getting a book published.

I ask you to check out the Website and if you think it is something you are interested in, please help us spread the word by posting about it in your own journals, blogs, websites, mail lists, etc... It would be very much appreciated, this is the kind of thing that does best with word of mouth, especially as the 'target audience' is so specific.

The blurb on the publishers page is Here.

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
5:18 am - Media In Doctor Nation

This is an essay I'm working on in a series of essays... So it may make references to previous or future "chapters" which obviously aren't included. This is still very much "in progress" so (constructive, please) input and criticism is welcome.

For more go here:

Cultural Sustainability I: Media & Cultural Programming: Introduction.

Media, backed by a socially legitimized, centralized currency, is our modern method of cultural indoctrination. It can even serve as a form of leverage through which we can spread culture without ever bothering to send military force. It is only in areas that we cannot leverage through financial or media-indoctrination pressure that we must resort to military occupation. The motivating factor here is of course primarily corporate and financial.

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Friday, July 23rd, 2004
6:24 pm - Messengers

I wanted to share a meme that keeps popping up for me...
In thoughts,
in interactions,
today and yesterdays puzzle pieces.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2003
7:04 am - November 15, 2003

Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote

Type: Short Stories and Non-fiction Accounts

Synopsis: In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old girl he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remainds one of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of our time.

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Friday, November 14th, 2003
5:29 am - November 14, 2003

Holes by Louis Sachar

Type: YA Book

Synopsis: Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment--and redemption.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003
6:35 am - November 13, 2003

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

Type: Book

Synopsis: Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time.

Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
5:23 am - November 12, 2003

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

Type: Book

Synopsis: In a remarkable debut novel that sizzles with sensuality, crackles with life-affirming energy and moves the reader to laughter and tears, author Pearl Cleage creates a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding. After a decade of luxe living in Atlanta, Ava Johnson has returned to tiny Idlewild, Michigan -- her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits on one dark truth: Ava has tested positive for HIV. Bur rather than a sorrowful end, her homecoming is a new beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since she left, all the problems of the big city have invaded the sleepy community of her childhood. Because dear friends and family sorely need her help in the face of impending trouble and tragedy, and Ava cannot turn her back on them. And because, most importantly, Ava Johnson is inexplicabley and undeniably falling in love.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
3:05 pm - November 11, 2003

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Type: Book

IBList Synopsis: Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.

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Monday, November 10th, 2003
3:09 pm - November 10, 2003

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Type: Book

Ingram: The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2003
5:42 am - November 6, 2003

The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Type: Books

Synopsis: Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker-Do I dare disturb the universe?

Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school societ-the Virgils-and master of intimidation. Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event-a chocolate sale. When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his defiance is a threat to Archie, the Virgils, and the school. In the inevitable showdown, Archie's skill at intimidation turns Jerry from hero to outcast, to victim, leaving him alone and terribly vulnerable. Followed up by Beyond the Chocolate War.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
6:22 am - November 5, 2003

La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

Type: Poem

Where to find it: Plagiarist.com Poetry or eMule Poetry Archives.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
5:54 am - November 4, 2003

Beowulf by Anonymous

Type: Epic

IBList Synopsis: Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language. It was composed in England four centuries before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is invaluable - reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory and death. As a work of art it is quite unique; Beowulf rings with a beauty, power, and artistry that have kept it alive for more than twelve centuries. The noble simplicity of Beowulf's anonymous Anglo-Saxon singer is recaptured again and again.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003
6:12 am - November 3, 2003

Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block

Type: Book

Book Description: When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you. I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you. I stopped breathing so you wouldn't ... You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew ... Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
7:26 am - November 2, 2003

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Type: Book

Synopsis: Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozens of sons in the Book of Genesis.

Told through Dinah's eloquent voice, this sweeping novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah's tale begins with the story of her mothers: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.

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Friday, October 31st, 2003
5:47 am - October 31, 2003

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Type: Book

Synopsis: Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2003
5:54 am - October 30, 2003

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Type: Play

Merriam-Webster Synopsis: Tragicomedy in two acts by Samuel Beckett, published in 1952 in French as En attendant Godot and first produced in 1953. Waiting for Godot was a true innovation in drama and the Theater of the Absurd's first theatrical success. The play consists of conversations between Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who continually sends word that he will appear but who never does. They encounter Lucky and Pozzo, they discuss their miseries and their lots in life, they consider hanging themselves, and yet they wait. Often perceived as being tramps, Vladimir and Estragon are a pair of human beings who do not know why they were put on earth; they make the tenuous assumption that there must be some point to their existence, and they look to Godot for enlightenment. Because they hold out hope for meaning and direction, they acquire a kind of nobility that enables them to rise above their futile existence.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2003
5:41 am - October 29, 2003

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Type: Book

Synopsis: Richard Mayhew is a plain man with a good heart -- and an ordinary life that is changed forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk.From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never dreamedexisted -- a dark subculture flourish in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels below the city -- a world far stranger and more dangerous than the only one he has ever known...Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

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