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Private study has been my leading passion since the earliest years of my life. I have a deep interest in visionary figures in history, great artists, persecuted intellectuals and many of history's outsider artists from all epochs. Some of my study interests are personal. Others are part of a construct for things that I write.

By way of example, one of my most complex and ongoing writing projects is a vampire story that compels me to research lots of strange people in history and some of the most odd and progressive art movements. The story is very much a dark and terrifying comedy but also delves into surreal beauty in the tradition of good vampire stories. It also vamps many oddities from underground culture and the goth movement which has at times inspired mainstream society's ridiculous fear. My deeper interest is not so much in vampires or the screams of torture racks but rather in outsider artists and writers who appear to be on the deep psychological fringe for better and worse. We live in a world that has always penalized dreamers who dreamed too far. At times I love to satirize that world.

Recently I fell in love with the Web site Wikipedia.org, which is now a first resource when I study something. For better and worse, following are some examples of things I have archived from Wikipedia and elsewhere. Some of the items below are a deep interest, others a passing interest. The list below is just a very tiny portion of what I might study at any given time. The reason I offer this list is to enable discussion or collaberation where appropriate:

  • Aesthetics
  • Alice B. Toklas
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Amsterdam
  • Anaïs Nin
  • André Breton
  • Joan of Arc
  • art pranks
  • Antonin Artaud
  • Baudelaire
  • Bauhaus (& Peter Murphy)
  • Mary Black
  • Brassaï
  • Luis Buñuel
  • Avant Garde
  • Beat Generation
  • Tod Browning
  • cabaret
  • Cabaret Voltaire (the art movement venue)
  • John Cale
  • Cannes International Film fest
  • Cannibalism
  • Jim Carroll
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Neal Cassady
  • Celtic
  • Celtic Mythology
  • Cimetière du Montparnasse - cemetery in paris has lots of interesting cultural figures
  • Jean Cocteau
  • Constantine
  • Dada
  • Henry Darger
  • Clive Davis
  • Marquis de Sade
  • Dracula
  • Ed Wood
  • Epistolary Novel
  • Existentialism
  • Film Noir
  • freedom
  • France
  • Ben Franklin
  • French photographers
  • French poets
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Jean Genet
  • German Expressionism
  • Gnosticism
  • Goth
  • Hardboiled
  • Hotel Chelsea
  • Carl Jung - My vampire story has an insane asylum and will spoof the shrink profession.
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Ken Kesey
  • Klaus Kinski
  • Libertine
  • Bela Lugosi
  • Medici family
  • Melancholia
  • mind control
  • misandry
  • Modern Lovers
  • Mondo Cane
  • Mondo Film
  • Paul Morrissey
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • New York Dolls
  • nightmares
  • nirvana (the experience, not the band)
  • noble rot
  • Nosferatu
  • Paganism
  • Jimmy Page
  • Pink Floyd
  • Pretty Things
  • Project MKULTRA
  • psychedelia & pschedelic
  • psychosurgery
  • Renfield
  • Arthur Rimbaud
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Romanticism
  • Jean Paul Sartre
  • shock therapy
  • sleep deprivation
  • Patti Smith
  • sound labs
  • Spider
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Strappado
  • subliminal
  • surrealism
  • surrealist techniques
  • Theatre of Cruelty
  • theremin
  • Transylvania
  • torture
  • Mark Twain
  • urban spelunkers
  • vampirism
  • Abraham Van Helsing
  • Victor Hugo
  • Vlad III Dracula
  • Anne Waldman
  • Andy Warhol
  • Warhol Superstars
  • wayward nuns
  • John Waters
  • Francesa Woodman

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