- A MOSAIC of Minds Journey
by Anthony Antek
Post of Feb. 23, 2015:
Video excerpt of The Producers movie
with comments by MEL BROOKS about selecting Buffalo's
to play roles of L.S. D. and Hitler in movie.
(on web page 2 after 4:20 minute mark of 10 minute clip)
Bipolar Buffalo's energy is that of finding someone to love and being loved in return. That search also embraces the
discovery of ones sexuality & complexities of separating
sex from love.
In New Orleans those struggles play out in a highly symbolic dream sequence, intentionally written in a Kafkaesque style:
Mosaic # 44 The Mushroom Picker
(story deleted on February 14, 2015)
Mosaics 24, 25 & 26 deleted 2/14/15
#26 Bodies Searching for Minds amid Architectural Decay
This building ( resurrected as the "Richardson-Olmsted Complex"- an architectural treasure) and my experiences there as a patient in 1961 was part of a talk at Buffalo State College on February 3 (invited guests & docents only). Excerpt #26 was the last pertaining to that part of the Bipolar Buffalo book.
Suddenly Lenny Bruce
Streaks Out of My Mouth
...a manic outburst after what happened that first night
- a Mosaic of Minds Journey
“A roller-coaster ride, rekindling images of 'Catcher in the Rye' and
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'.”
– Edward A. Jardim,
Writer-Editor, New York Daily News
"This is marvelous stuff.
The entries into madness are beautiful.”
– Dr. Bill Harrell, Professor Emeritus
S.U.N.Y. Institute of Technology
"'Bipolar Buffalo is beautifully written, and nearly impossible to put down."
– Mike Canfield, The Sun
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"BIPOLAR BUFFALO" BOOK TITLE:
"This is a superbly written and very interesting and emotional book. But why did you decide on the "Bipolar Buffalo" title when it offers so much more than the bipolar encounters?" (from a reader's email to the author).
Yes, there is much more - encounters & stories about notable people, including comedians like Steve Allen, Bill Cosby and Dick Shawn. Other people like inventors, architects, immigrants, a saint, and Black and Native Americans. Places and Cities, including Denver, Las Vegas and New Orleans. And national events like Hurricane Betsy, racial segregation, Vietnam and the cultural changes in the1940s thru the1960s.
The author's journey, reflecting the underdog, is a search for inner self & an authentic meaning to life. But it is a love story that drives the book - it's central theme. It's "need" is the search for love and to be loved in return. The book's Set-up, Confrontations & Conflicts, and Resolution are directed towards that theme.
The meaning of " BIPOLAR BUFFALO" is a metaphor that refers to how we see things. Its meaning is ontological, metaphysical - searching for what is real, the essence of things.
The book title’s origin goes back to a talk with Native Americans during a game of pool in Oregon in the 1960s - How early white people saw the American Bison compared to how seen by those Native Americans. There is nothing innate, nothing intrinsically "good" or "bad" about the animal but how humans make judgments upon that being.... or person or event - done with the limited personal/cultural baggage humans carry.
The book is also about judgments and more specifically, pre-judgments (prejudice). Being bipolar, or Black, or Red, or Jewish, or Polish, coming from the working class, from Buffalo – how we see and are seen.
Following this conversation I write .... " I didn't reflect on this polarity right then, but it did begin right there, the first inkling I had of the buffalo as a bipolar animal
— bipolar from a human perspective.."
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