"We wore white when the bands wore black on stage. We didn’t imbibe when others lived to do so. We meditated or recited mantras backstage before a performance. We burned incense and candles onstage. We didn’t do these things to be elitist or different. We did them because it was quite natural for us; and this is how we lived. I think people were interested in the energy and theatrics of the show and also in the members of the band. Maybe they saw us as a refreshing drink in a desert. And, culturally and socially, it was a desert back then. People were curious and wanted some for themselves. The pamphlets that we handed out before shows offered some insight into how to obtain the same for themselves. Many tagged along." --Damon Wallis, Ruin
I play rhythm guitar for the psychedelic punk band Ruin, based in Philadelphia. Ruin was first active from 1980-1986. We played several reunion shows in 1996 and again in 2013 and 2016. We're not quite finished yet.
This December (2016) the super badass, extreme/experimental metal L.A. label Southern Lord Records is re-issuing our albums Fiat Lux and He-Ho. Here's an interview with founder--and guitarist for Sunn O)))!--Greg Anderson. More on that below. First, some images:
Visit the Ruin... website for a ton of links to audio, video, reviews, images, and much more!
Sign up now for "Varieties of Buddhist Healing," with Pierce Salguero; and "The Art of Philosophy: Peter Sloterdijk on the Practice of Wisdom," with me.
"This is a rich disagreement!" Conversation with Tom Pepper at Speculative Non-Buddhism.
I moved the Incite Seminars page to inciteseminars.com. Please have a look!
Starting enrollment for two public courses: "Alienation and Its Antidotes: A Workshop with Anthony Paul Smith on the Thought of François Laruelle."
"Meditation: Self and Society" Monday mornings
September 25-October 16.
Information on Incite Seminars.
Tom Pepper at Speculative Non-Buddhism: "No Thought, No Problem."
Starting enrollment for public course "Buddhism in the Age of Trump." Begins Tuesday, June 13. Information on Incite Seminars page. Make thinking great again!
New post at Speculative Non-Buddhism by Jonathan Earle: "Only Don’t Know! Reflections on a Thoughtless Life"
"Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti," my contribution to the new book Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer Publishing, 2016) at Speculative Non-Buddhism.
New essay by Tom Pepper, "Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?," at the SNB blog.
I recently did two interviews with Matthew O'Connell at the Imperfect Buddha podcast.
A thoughtful discussion of the Speculative Non-Buddhism project at the Imperfect Buddha podcast. Link at SNB.
* Several new posts at Lines of Flight.
* New interview with my Ruin band mate Cordy Swope at Seymour Magazine.