NEW RELIGION – In a magical place during a time not long ago, there was once a garden on an island for radical faeries, new bohemians and flower children. San Francisco, which has become a walled fortress, were the tech industry elite inhabit luxury condos and glide about in chauffeured limousines. These assholes spend fistfuls of green, as their eyes sparkle with greedy lust. A New Religion, colorless graven images that promise immortality, fame and wealth beyond all imagination. What’s scattered in fragments underneath your feet, the leavings of people of color and an entire counter culture, in a place once known as mecca? Colorless, sterile, elitist, boring, privileged surround you. How did we get to today? Is it too far gone? Can we get them out? Return to the strange. Reject them, the heretic idols of the New Religion.
THE MALTESE FALCON – In his best known book, Dashiell Hammett pens the stylish Sam Spade, protagonist of The Maltese Falcon. He’s tough enough to stand up to thugs or the police. He smells trouble when a buxom dame breezes into his office. Soon enough, his entire world will be turned upside down. Hammett wrote about detectives because he had been employed as one after responding to a vague classified ad. He had a notoriously short writing career, publishing four novels and all of his short stories within nine years. His poor health, struggle with alcoholism and community party membership led to his decline and eventual imprisonment in McCarthy era hysteria. In the final years of his life, he was hounded by the IRS for back taxes, dying penniless.