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Well, I'm back home. It's been an odd home-coming, as my wife and children are not here. They're in Maryland for a family reunion, so while I'm at my residence, it doesn't really feel like I'm "home."

Still, I'm not alone. A good friend kept my dog for me, and now I've got him back. Also, all 10 chickens are alive and well. And our two cats are on hand to keep me company, though I know they'd much rather have my oldest son around.

I just sent an invite to Jay Griffiths to appear on the podcast. I've known of her existence for about 10 minutes now. My Google News ayahuasca subscription brought the following to my attention:
60 SECONDS: Jay Griffiths
by GRAEME GREEN - Monday, July 16, 2007

Author and adventurer Jay Griffiths lives in a shed in Essex. She's previously written Pip Pip: A Sideways Look At Time. For the past seven years, she's travelled around the world's wildernesses, drinking hallucinogenic potions with Amazonian healers and spending time with gipsies and Inuit hunters. Her book, Wild: An Elemental Journey, is out now.

What made you want to head off into the wilderness?
Just a love for all wildness, whether that’s the human spirit, language, sexuality… any wildness, and also an anger that wildness is often crushed.

Does Western civilisation drain people’s ‘wildness’?
An awful lot of Western civilisation is absolutely beautiful in terms of art, culture and some technologies. But there’s also a deep unkindness within it: routine lives in which people feel their time belongs to others; lack of control; overwork; unaffordable housing. Such things kill people’s spirits. There’s an expectation that this is how the world is but actually it’s a very recent way of living.

Click here to read the full interview

If you'd like to hear Jay Griffiths on the C-Realm Podcast, follow the link above, and leave a message on her site encouraging her to accept my invitation.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
The book sounds very interesting. You don't happen to have it checked out from Fayetteville, do you?

I'll have to catch up on C-Realm soon.

Jul. 17th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
You don't happen to have it checked out from Fayetteville, do you?

I sure don't. Must be some other social deviant.

I'm so snowed under with reading it's ridiculous. Of course I'll drop it all for the new Harry Potter once my wife has finished reading it. :)
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Very intriguing for a minuscule interview. I also loved the ironic (surreal?) touch of the interview being surrounded by various tabloid and entertainment news items from the 'civilized' world.
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
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And Jay hasn't responded to my invitation to appear on the podcast.

Yeah, having her critique of the industrialized first world appear in the context of a sea of competing advertisements added some sweet irony to the item. :)
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