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Ron Drummond
20 July 2014 @ 12:15 pm
Today I mark 20,000 days on Planet Earth. This morning I dreamt of life's fragility, vivid animated textbook cut-aways of living systems failing at the slightest of catastrophic tremors. Yet I can only marvel at life's persistence, and the cussed, blessed heartiness and hardiness of every living individual, even as I remain in thrall to the eeriness of any individual's utter statistical improbability when viewed through the largest possible statistical frame of reference. The very fact of our existence and presence in this moment is rooted in the deepest time and in all directions, yet there's no chance any of us are here. Zero. And that contradiction also goes to the very root of all there is. What a tangle! All else aside, I know I never would have gotten this far without my friends, known and unknown, and their friends, and theirs. Here you are! I'm so glad you could make it.
 
 
Ron Drummond
07 July 2014 @ 04:54 pm
Months ago, Pauline Oliveros encouraged me to submit a performance proposal for the Festival portion of the Second Annual International Deep Listening Conference being held next weekend at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I did, and as a result I will have the honor of reading/performing two works there, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 13: "Thirteen Improvisations in Seven Senses", an extended meditation on Pauline's life and work, and "Ten Thousand Foremothers", a mythic vision of the living river of blood that links all that lives to the depths of time.

http://deeplistening.org/site/icfestival
 
 
Ron Drummond
20 November 2013 @ 03:26 pm
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After fifty years of insatiable conspiratorial theorizing, by far the most radical, most terrifying conclusion that can be drawn also happens to be the simplest conclusion and the one that indisputably fits more of the facts than any other: Oswald acted alone.
 
 
Ron Drummond
13 October 2013 @ 07:18 am
In 2010 my friend Scott Marshall in his guise as LifeSize released his wonderfully eclectic debut album Eden Next Left. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the album:



A month ago Scott launched a Kickstarter campaign so he can complete the recording of his second album Dream Walking. Right now (7:24 a.m. EST on Sunday, 13 October 2013) the campaign is only $235 short of making its $10,000 goal with only 11 hours remaining. I dearly wish I could contribute more. Please check out the page below and consider making a contribution.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/854834720/dream-walking

Edited to add: Scott's campaign made the goal! He's continuing his work on the new album.
 
 
Ron Drummond
I've just learned that the Taiwan-based journal of art and ideas, WHITE FUNGUS, will be translating my newly-revised and expanded 8,600-word essay / story / prolegomenon "The First Woman on Mars" into Chinese and publishing it side by side with the English version in their next issue, due out in April. The piece begins as an essay and passes through multiple rhetorical modes before turning, in its final quarter, into fiction. After decades of thinking about its themes, and several weeks drafting it in the fall of 2011, and another five days and two all-nighters revising it last week, I'm happy to say that as a piece of writing it is very close to being what I've long wanted it to be and hoped it might be. It's not often that I can say that.
 
 
Ron Drummond
05 January 2013 @ 07:30 pm
I kept meaning to check, and kept forgetting. I knew it was coming up -- the day when I would be the exact same age Philip K. Dick was on the day he died. Finally I did check, this very hour, only to discover I've already outlived Philip K. Dick by five days, and that I passed his death-age on New Year's Eve. Oh was I ever lit that night, and not by drugs or alcohol. For the rest of my life, however long or short that may be, I will always dwell in the glow of a post-Dickian New Year, every new moment an unearned, undeserved gift, filled with mysteries proffering potent if veiled invitations.
 
 
Ron Drummond
04 January 2013 @ 07:19 pm
Today I received my contributor's copy of All Good Thoughts: A Celebration of Samuel R. Delany's 70th Birthday, edited and privately published by artist Ric Best. There are only 30 copies of this gorgeous hardcover book in existence, which includes original contributions by folks like Alan Moore, Denys Howard, Edmund White, Ellen Datlow, Junot Díaz, Ken James, Mia Wolff, Michael Cunningham, Neil Gaiman, Randy Byers, Ron Drummond, Sarah Schulman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vashti Bandy, Vincent Czyz, and Vonda N. McIntyre, among others. Wow! Many wonderful letters, anecdotes, essays, poems, drawings, and Mia Wolff's marvelous watercolor portrait of Chip, beautifully reproduced on the front cover, all in homage to, celebration of, and love for one of the finer human beings currently walking the earth, the inimitable Samuel R. Delany. The back cover has a photo of Ric and Chip moments after Ric presented Chip with the first proof copy; Chip is hugging the book tightly to his chest and both men are laughing with delight. Splendid! I cannot begin to say what an honor it is to be Chip's friend, and to be included in this book, among such company. Thank you, Ric Best, for the wonderful gift. Long may you wave, Mr. Delany: long may you wave.
 
 
Ron Drummond
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke tell very different, mutually contradictory stories about the virgin birth of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark is entirely silent on the question. The Gospel of John and the letters of Paul very quietly affirm that Jesus was conceived and born in the ordinary human fashion, just like all the rest of us. However he came into the world, I for one am incredibly glad he did, and that Christianity, of which Jesus was not the founder, nevertheless managed to preserve his core teachings, despite muddying them up with a palimpsest of other peoples' redactions, revisions, inventions, transpositions, and additions, given that in the absence of those distortions it's entirely likely that Jesus's core teachings wouldn't have survived at all.
 
 
Ron Drummond
16 December 2012 @ 03:35 pm
In memoriam Sandy Hook.
 
 
Ron Drummond
18 October 2012 @ 11:36 pm
This weekend I will be a guest of the Albany NY science fiction convention Albacon, one of the best small SF conventions I've been to. Most of the events I am participating in are on Saturday, October 20th. Here's my schedule for that day:

2:00 p.m: Star Trek panel, comparing and contrasting the five series; I'm moderating it. Durand Room.

3:00: Colonizing Space panel; again, I'm moderating it. Should be lively! Cole/Church Room.

4:30: Ron Drummond Reading: I will be reading excerpts from my 7,800-word essay/short story, "The First Woman on Mars", which I recently sold to a very high-class, beautifully-printed art journal called WHITE FUNGUS, where it will be published in the spring of 2013.

6:00: Space Opera panel. Telecom Room.

If you're in the area on Saturday, stop by!