I designed meetAnthony.com as a place to gather things I make — short films, writing, pictures.
While planning the site, I imagined a section on creative change accompanying the creations. Having lived and travelled in South America, I knew I wanted a section on Latin America to share left-leaning news stories on a part of the world I love. And I knew I wanted a weblog, or creative notebook, to feature current projects and expand on ideas from this site.
My educational influences range from Latin American studies to film production. I’ve worked for three production companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, editing, shooting, supervising music rights, and producing a play at Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theatre. My most recent studies include graduate film directing at UCLA, graduate screenwriting at CSUN, and directing for theatre.
I enjoy creating. When I make something, I ask questions, find my way in the world, laugh, and poke myself and others. If I keep creating, I imagine all these funny-shaped pieces from my imagination will fit together like stones in a wall at Machu Picchu, offering a glimpse of sky and mountains, reward for not having stayed too long on the main path.
I hope this website is an inspiration for creativity as much as a collection of creative efforts.
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News on Latin America
I've been thinking about what I value, what kind of relationships I want in my life. When I expand this vision of a relationship based on equality, respect for individuality, and caring, to include community, I find the vision to be at odds with current institutions that promote competition over cooperation, profit over altruism. Social anarchism intrigues me because I feel its vision of community and individual freedom encourages both holistic awareness and more just and caring interactions.
If the current systems (political, economic, social) in which we interact leave us in a state of deficiency with regards to our relationships and quality of life, we can create new systems. Do we want a society in which we warp our values to fit the current economic system? (I know I don't.) What would society look like if we first decided how we would like to live, how we would like to treat one another, and then created an economy based on those values? If we look at social anarchism, I think the values and systems of self-organization (from the bottom up, rather than the top down) contribute some interesting ideas on systems design, individual freedom, community, and democracy.
In the Reading List, you'll find many websites with useful introductions to anarchist thought.
- Anarchist FAQ
- Ursula K. Le Guin on Anarchism Preface to the short story "The Day Before the Revolution." This story from The Wind's Twelve Quarters is about Laia Aseio Odo, the anarchist inspiration behind the Odonian society in The Dispossessed.
- Anarchist History
- Worker Self-Management in Historical Perspective
- Anarchism as a Theory of Organization (1966) by Colin Ward.
- The Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act? Excerpts from a December 15, 1967, panel discussion with Noam Chomsky.
- Anarchy Archives Collected works by various well-known anarchists.
- Prominent Anarchists and Left-Libertarians
- Emma Goldman Papers UC Berkeley project collects the works of this influential anarchist (1869-1940).
- The Lucy Parsons Project Dedicated to the African, Native and Mexican American revolutionary anarchist labor activist.
- Kate Sharpley Library Dedicated to the anarchist and anti-World War I activist.
- Oscar Wilde on Libertarian Socialism This anarchist wrote The Importance of Being Earnest.
- Beyond Capitalism: Leland Stanford’s Forgotten Vision Interesting essay describing Stanford's populist views on labor and capital. Though he was more a reformer than an anarchist, I include the piece here for his vision of a society in transition to non-exploitive economic institutions and relationships.
- Nothingness.org Information on social anarchism and the Situationist International.
- Infoshop.org News, opinion and information on anarchism.
- Marxists Internet Archive with Encyclopedia of Marxism, including Anarchism.
- Hypnosis and Meditation Audio lecture by Charles Tart on the similarities and differences between hypnosis and meditation.
- Models of the Mind Adam Crabtree outlines representations of the mind from various traditions and schools.
- Autobiography of a Yogi Original edition by Paramhansa Yogananda, free online.
- Nonviolent Communication aims to find a way for all present to get what really matters to them without the use of guilt, humiliation, shame, blame, coercion, or threats. It is useful for resolving conflicts, connecting with others, and living in a way that is conscious, present, and attuned to the genuine, living needs of yourself and others.
- Lucid Dreaming Articles and book excerpts from Stephen LaBerge.
- Varieties of Dissociation Experience Audio lecture by Stanley Krippner.
- The Spiritual Implications of Psychic Ability Audio lecture by Russell Targ, who talks about distant healing, nonlocal mind, and remote viewing. If you'd like to see him speak, you can view his almost-Ted Talk.
- Alan Watts on Meditation Two films by Irving and Elda Hartley: Alan Watts: Art of Meditation and Meditation: Inward Journey.
- ThinkingAllowedTV I saw this series on public television years ago. The program features many of the world's leading scholars, researchers, writers and teachers and covers topics such as Alternative Medicine, Consciousness, Creativity, Healing, and Meditation.
Creativity in the World
- Interviews with Writers from The Paris Review.
- On Creativity is a series of short, informal interviews with a diverse range of designers, artists, musicians, animators, educators, etc. It explores a single topic: Creativity.
- How to Be Creative by John Cleese.
- Why I Write by George Orwell, author of Homage to Catalonia.
- Why Am I Doing This? Hal Hartley, writer-director of Trust, Simple Men, and Henry Fool, talks about why he persists as an independent filmmaker.
- Some Ideas on the Cinema from Italian screenwriter Cesare Zavattini.
- Thomas Allen breathes life into pulp fiction books, by cutting and folding.
- Remedios Varo Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter and anarchist.
- The War on Democracy This 2007 documentary tells the story of the manipulation of Latin America by the United States over the past 50 years, including the real story behind the attempted overthrow of Hugo Chávez in 2002 (with English subtitles).