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Dead Lovers Do Tell Tales

August Goforth

Some interviews baffle me as they provide windows into curious truths. Some people just find themselves at the center of things. Around other people who find themselves at the center of things. It’s like a thing, a gravity. #Wtf is that?…

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This definitely seems to be the case for a NYC therapist named August Goforth. I chased this fella down for an interview almost a year before I kicked this project kicked off. I can’t remember where or how I heard about him, but I did. Maybe a faculty friend, or perhaps I stumbled upon one of his books. Anyway, I had to get the story behind the guy writing a book with his dead lover, presumably. This interview sat in the can awhile as I wasn’t sure what to do with it. But I knew I had to produce it, as his story is rich and full of history as it is fantastic. It has a wicked sweep, from gifted Arkansas mountain child trained at Julliard, to the powder keg of NYC’s early 70’s gay rights movement. He hung with spiritual outliers like Jane Roberts (Seth books fame), fell into the darkness of a serious alcohol addiction, then had what’s known in the “rooms” of AA as a “white light”experience. Instant sobriety. Add a near death experience to that mix. Just a fascinating tapestry of background experiences to set up this fellas moment of truth story. The teaser’s out. This should drop some time in September, if I can keep the wheels and lights on over here.

Whoever’s listening out there, I appreciate you.

#DRAGONSBREAD

Interesting people share their moments of truth.

So we’ve been cranking out movie-like podcasts and vids around epic origin stories for awhile now. This is the the royal we here, mostly. Alongside of me have been a few cool interns, and in the early running Dan, a video coproducer who just so happens to be a brother. Thankfully a solid team of advisers, including people tied to NBC and NPR. Anyway, it’s come time for the next step. #DRAGONSBREAD will be our first shot at producing an audio docudrama series. And of course what’s become the trademark here; a movie-like podcast, mashup videos, and indie soundtracks. The show will feature #truth stories, which is shorthand for people’s moments of truth. The quick explanation is these are people’s  #wtf moments – the situations in life where you just flat run out of answers. This, it seems, is where everything new and interesting starts.

So imagine you’re a teenager doing teenager things and one day you’re arrested for a triple homicide and end up on death row, despite being innocent. Or you’re working for the IRS and one strange night you’re woken up to sight of your wife and dog disappearing in your living room, “poof!” Or on the other side of death of your beloved spouse your son’s announces he hates his penis and wants a sex change. Stuff like that.

To me “out there” is the where it’s at folks. The mysteries of real life points us to our deepest secrets.

As for me, I guess you should know I’m therapist. But I’ve been many others things on the way to here too. From theatre, to Navy SEALs training out of high school, then Dolphin Trainer, to financial news writer, and graduate faculty… I grew up living a real life mystery, plenty of weird shit happened to me. So you know… there’s alot bouncing around in there.

Anyway, the idea behind this show fleshes out like this…

We’re all doing our best in this crazy world. But all any of us has is the stories we tell ourselves and what the worlds tells us.  But neither are truth. They are versions of truths for sure, but not “The Truth.” Life is truth. The reality that binds and holds us. But oddly we have our own versions of the Truth, our personal point of perspective resulting from our personal encounter with the Truth Truth. But curiously, our lesser version of the truth is as close as we can get to the downright stinking truth. It always remains a step beyond. Which is kind of frustrating, but I think at it’s core the source of our unique adventure as human beings. Interestingly, when you put these two version of the truth together, small and big, personal and collective, magical things tend to happen. It’s like world’s colliding, things never imagined as possible happen. We fly to the moon, climb mountaintops, build pretty much whatever we can dream. Religions, and economies like to try to dictate what’s possible, but each get regularly turned on its heads by 14 year olds and “crazy people” building shit in their basements. If there’s any secret ingredient behind how this happens, a catalyst to breaking new ground, I’d say it’s this #wtf moment. Call it ‘Grand Uncertainty.’ A close cousin to the “aha” moment, it’s way less sexy. It’s seems it’s a kind of rendezvous with the mystery that knocks us out our personal and collective spells. So that’s where we’re going to focus, on these slippery middle earth-like stories where we’re forced to think and do differently.

We’re kicking it off with Damien Echols’s story. fHe was featured in the powder keg and ground breaking true crime series HBO’s Paradise Lost series. The twist in his story is he found his freedom through Magick on death row. But we’ve also lined up a diverse list of mind-bending stories to follow with too.

So it’s official, we’ve rang the dinner bell for some fresh hot #Dragonsbread. We hope you’ll join us at the dinner table. For now you can follow along here or contribute at our Patreon page. You can also sign up for the newsletter at toowimedia.com 

RipSlide: Heroin is a shitty friend

So Andy Roy basically fell off the grid of the pro-skater circuit in the 90’s. Where he went was hell basically. This epically wild dude with a good heart went on the ride of his life into full blown heroin addiction. Gangs, crime, and prison time in some of California’s sketchiest prisons followed.  Add in shame and estrangement from his sponsor Antihero skateboards and crew. I got to interview him from rehab, which was crazy. Actually how he got into rehab thanks to his buddies Stevo-o and Bam Margera from Jackass ended up being a big part of his story. It was an honor talking to him. Not just because he’s skate legend, but because it’s always great talking to truth tellers. And that’s not a knock on anybody, we’re all just wired for bullshit. Having worked in addiction, I’ve always thought addicts in recovery could do alot for our world, which is on tilt when it comes to honesty. We need people who can talk straight more than ever. And that journey from a life of lies to truth is about as steep and hard as it gets for folks who’ve been caught in addiction. They earn their truth. Anyway, this dude gives zero fucks about what anyone thinks. He’s got a handle on his bullshit-struggle or not- and I appreciate that.

We’re considering producing this episode for our new mixed media video series #DRAGONSBREAD.  We’ll let you know if it’s a go. 

Link to audio landing page and audio trailer:

LP: http://bit.ly/aroy-lp

Audio trailer: http://bit.ly/aroy-at-x

Full episode and video will be out shortly.

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