|When you begin studying Yoruba religion, you have to make a shrine to your egun, your ancestors. Not only your genetic ancestors, but also anyone who has deeply influenced you. So I put up pictures of Emma Goldman, Margaret Mead, Marie LaVeau the Voodoo Queen, and Rimbaud.|
August 11th, 1998: Mendocino is socked in. I'm on the fourth day of a juice
fast. I'm bored. I'll rent a movie. "Total Eclipse." A movie about Rimbaud!
Directed by that English guy, Christopher Hampton. Rimbaud is played
by....Leonardo di Caprio?!#!
Di Caprio belches. He squints. He chews with his mouth open. He calls his lover "Vurlayne."
The obligatory sex scene: There's Di Caprio, looking pained, humping something. The camera pulls back: it's "Vurlayne," eyes rolling in all directions...
Then there's their last meeting, outside Stuttgart.
Da Crapio says, "Here in the Black Forest, I offer you an archetypal choice: my body or my soul."
Mistress of Folklore|
Holly Tannen teaches folklore and anthropology, and has lectured on
contemporary magic at U.C. Berkeley and at Yale University. Her recordings
include "Invocation", "Between the Worlds", and "Rime of the Ancient
All text, translations, and songs copyright © 2001-2004 by Holly Tannen