Jan 8, 2016
commented on Here's How You Can Help Cancer-Stricken P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell Finish His Record
@1 Unfortunately Bernie has stage IV lung cancer, meaning that it has spread throughout the body so yes, it's terminal.
At this stage, naturopathic treatments are aimed at prolonging his psychological well-being and physical comfort as much as possible so that he can do the work that he wants to accomplish before he gets too sick to play music. You probably know that already, so why be a jerk about it? Contribute if you feel so inclined, but derisive comments about how he has chosen to live out the remainder of his days are really not helpful to anyone.
Dec 25, 2015
commented on Why I Am Probably Going to Send the Drunk Driver Who Killed My Parents a Christmas Card
@25 & 26, Hello, I'm the author of this piece. There are some pretty wild assumptions and accusations here that I feel like I should respond to.
There are limitations to a 1200-word essay, so of course there is much which has gone unsaid in my original post. To begin with, I certainly hope it goes without saying that ever since my parents were killed by a drunk driver, I have been exceedingly careful not to ever cause this kind of agony and loss for others.
Logistically, this can be complex. I'm in a touring band; playing in bars and getting free drinks every night is par for the course. Keeping at least one member of your rock band sober every night of a US tour takes work, but it's necessary work, obviously. Please know that driving drunk is something that I can never again rationalize in myself and am not in the habit of rationalizing in others, particularly considering my personal circumstances.
When I speak of "car culture," my perspective is as someone who *has* rationalized, at least for the time being, the act of burning fossil fuels to travel from coast to coast in order to perform my art for others. I have rationalized playing shows at venues in neighborhoods that are only accessible by car; something which makes me complicit in a system that is set up to get people drunk and let them drive home. It is this system that I am interested in questioning, in the interest of possibly building something more humane.
I alluded to this in the piece, but my father was a psychotherapist. His PhD was in Family Environment, and he worked as a family systems counselor and clinical social worker. I was a psychology major myself before going to grad school for art. I mention this not to try to set myself up as any sort of authority on mental health, but to address your comment about what a "psychiatrist" might or might not tell me about my essay.
My perspective was forged in a family of mental health practitioners. My dad was a counselor for many people with drug and alcohol abuse problems, and it was from him (and my mother who worked as his office manager, in charge of wrangling payments from a busted insurance system) that I learned firsthand about the profound stigma and barriers to treatment that plague many people who suffer from addiction. It is *because* of my family, not in spite of them, that I am inclined to view Daniel Jay as something more than a piece of human garbage who deserves to rot in jail.
I hope this helps clarify my position somewhat. Happy Holidays!
Aug 15, 2015
commented on Reader Survey: Is Astrology Real?
You know your publication is on its last legs when the only way it can make a story go viral is to make it irresistible for people to remark on how stupid you're being.
Here's hoping the few talented writers left at The Stranger find jobs worthy of them.
Sep 10, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
@3 via seattle.gov: "All animals (except cats and pigeons) are required to be on leash within the City of Seattle."
Cat owner was legally (and morally) in the right. Cat was at his home, chillin' in the doorway of the store where he has sat every day for seven years without an incident.
The laws are the way they are for a reason. An off leash cat is not a potential public safety issue; a dog is.
Jun 10, 2014
commented on The Woman on the Waterfront
"Feminine Silence" can be a very strong subject in the right hands (I'm thinking Marina Abramovic's 'Rhythm 0' or Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece') but coming from a male artist in this particular day and age, this piece also strikes me as a bit tone deaf.
In fact, I would probably even go one step further and note that a silent Asian young woman's head overlooking the waterfront may also be read as emblematic of all the actual human trafficking that happens through our ports.