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Dissection of a Misanthrope

The Writing Diary of M Brace DeFreak

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January 2015

Standing out in the Mob

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Bugsy Siegel (left) looks made for the mob. Charlie Wall stood out because he was neither Catholic or Jewish. My recent posts came about the mafia because I’m thinking about mobsters who stand out in a crowd. I have a crowd scene in this chapter, in rewrite. I have some use for a few mob bosses. I would love to steal Bugsy, from Vegas, because his name stands out. My choices don’t stand out, as much.

The Trafficante family, almost hit the big time, if not for Fidel Castro’s revolution. I doubt many people recognize the name. If the Trafficante family had kept hold of Cuba; people would know the name. Luckily, for my purpose, a casual description of a gangster will stand out in the crowd I’m designing.

I’m sure most don’t  realize the mob presence in Tampa surpassed Miami, in the first half of last century. It is an interesting subject, but my book deals with earlier times; I just throw in some trivia from later eras.

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Havana and Miami Mob Connection

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I wrote, in my last post, about how Miami almost became a Mafia kingdom; you can see hints about how this may have occurred in the book, Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English. Miami would have been the mainland hub for the mob bosses in tax sheltered Cuba – Vegas on steroids.

The Trafficantes, mob family from Tampa, had operations in Miami and Cuba.. The Jewish mob member, Meyer Lansky, had an even bigger stake in Cuba. Fidel Castro kicked the mob out with his revolution and the original crime families, in Florida, leaving Trafficante and Lansky to sell their services to the US government. Assignation plots to knock off Castro became a business.

Socialism stunts growth, but capitalism also has a flaw. Bad men can profit too much from the capitalist system and cause harm. Socialism cause stagnation; which, also causes harm. People should worry less about the type of system and focus on ironing out the flaws of the system. Robots will push us into socialism and they may eventually kill us. Coin flip, anyone?

Havana Nocturne How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution by T. J. English.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey

The Trafficantes, Godfathers from Tampa, Florida: The Mafia, the CIA and the JFK Assassination by Ron Chepesiuk

Mob in Miami

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Romeo + Juliet takes place in the fictional, Verona Beach; Imdb puts this Mafia kingdom in Florida. In the revolution, Fidel Castro’s forced the mob out of Cuba; which, weakened the crime families in Miami, so a real life Verona Beach did not appear here. The Mafia moved more money into the Las Vegas and Los Angeles operations. Eventually the Italian and Sicilian Mafia lost out to other Mafias.

Al Capone never ran Florida; he just wintered here. Northeastern mobsters came to Florida because it was an easier commute than Vegas or Hollywood. I will do a post on who ran Florida operations, another day. For this post, I’m more interested in the Shakespearean Mafia of Romeo + Juliet.

West Side Story also borrowed from, The Bard; Romeo + Juliet just takes the story into a new age. In my present chapter, in rewrite,  I put sports fans opposing factions and I hope to allude to the Mafia in some way. I can’t say how I will do it; because I don’t know, yet.

I may use to allude to the mob, The Crew; since, it features retired mobsters in Miami. I prefer slight nods, but may resort to direct references. Romeo + Juliet is an interesting option.

Topping the Three-Breasted Prostitute

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Movie makers can work wonders these days. Will they pull off what Joseph Werner did with his, Diana of Ephesus as Allegory of Nature? Lycia Naff played the three breasted hooker in the original Total Recall and I note this because she got a degree from Florida Atlantic University and has other thematic matches. I may type “e’naff” in place of “enough,” if my character makes some type of breast joke. I’m probably the only one that cares, but it is part of my trivia game that I use in my writing style.

I used a cropped and color altered version of a public domain, Wikimedia image with these credits:

Artist Joseph Werner (1637–1710) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q683867

Title Diana of Ephesus as Allegory of Nature Date circa 1680

Current location Art Institute of Chicago

Source/Photographer http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/12976

The Licia Naff image is a still shot from Total Recall

Simplifying Fertility Mythology

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Why did I put a goat face on Attis –because he is the hapless hero who got reaped. The mountain goddess oysters and sausage, back in the bad old days. They took it all off, so Attis has to sing soprano in the Castrati chorus for the rest of his mythical life.

Goddesses  presided over the sowing, nursing, and the reaping of crops. The Harvest festival is often the biggest shindig and you can see on the Cabeiri dance on the Parabiago plate above. The Cabeiri used their shields as percussion instruments and were known for their drunken orgies. Pity the poor boy who had to play the portray, Attis, at the harvest festival, I’m sure he was the butt of many jokes.

Attis, the god, had a sprig; which grew back, but humans males are not so lucky. The myth says the sight of the great goddess drove Attis insane and he performed his own castration. He was also supposed to wed and bed the king;s daughter, at the time of the castration. Maybe it wasn’t the sight of the goddess; which, drove him to do such a thing – but the sight of the Princess.

An Ideal Fertility Goddess

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Check out her chest, those are symbols of mammals. Yes, this is the future of women after our male, mad scientists finish their work on DNA. Males have a diabolical plot to keep women out of the sciences for just this purpose

This is, in reality, a cropped and modified version of Diana of Ephesus as Allegory of Nature by Joseph Werner. Diana or Artemis is the goddess of hunting, the wilderness, and wild animals. But I see more than breasts, on her chest.

I changed her to yellow to match the common image of corn, but I could have used pomegranate red to represent the seeds. Mythology links menstruation cycles with the moon and nature. I compared  “Old Woman Who Never Dies” of Native American mythology to the Triple goddess, described by Robert Graves, because she never dies either – she just cycles in and out of the underworld. Goddesses, worshiped by farmers, presided over sowing, nursing, and reaping.

The image came from Wikimedia:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_Werner_-_Diana_of_Ephesus_as_allegory_of_Nature_-_ca._1680.jpg

Current location: Art Institute of Chicago

Source/Photographer: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/129769

Exchanging Mythology

imoc14_8 Old and New World mythologies share many traits. Names change with region and era, but the same old symbols keep showing up. I show the Parabiago plate, once again, which best  depicts the Greek and Roman mythologies – but now I want to apply it to Native American mythology in the Southeast. Robert Graves coined the term Triple Goddess; which is what you see here highlighted in green. Graves labeled the three after the three stages of life: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone (Sorry, about the Crone – don’t shoot the messenger).

Sometimes mythologies separate the aspects into separate deities and sometimes they merge into one or even two goddesses. I see Persephone as both the earthly Maiden and the Crone (when she descends to the underworld). Demeter remains the earthbound mother. I prefer to see the Maiden (on the left) as Flora of Roman mythology and her lover is the West Wind (the Greek, Zephyrus or the Roman, Favonius). In the Southern Death Cult, Native Americans have the Corn Mother (the nature deity also known as the Old Woman Who Never Dies). Nokomis is such a spirit – you see her in Ojibwe traditional stories and in The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Nokomis shares her lover with Flora – the Ojibwa call the West-Wind, Mudjekeewis and he fathered Hiawatha.

So what about the Little People? I highlighted the Karpoi (the Fruits work for Gaia) in red and the Seminoles, and others descended from the Southern Death Cult called dwarves – the Fastachee or the “Little Givers.” Matches those guys on the Parabiago plate. Mother nature deities work for the local Mother Nature, in many culture. Sometimes they work for mineral and craftsman gods, as well. Hephaestus, Ptah of Egypt, and good old Santa Claus have their own little guys to do the work. More on the corn goddesses tomorrow. I switched from Tricksters to Fertility deities, in my novel – so I’m backpedaling to make some changes. I hope to allude to Southern Death Cult deities and Nokomis, in my final draft. One further note, Nokomis, Florida is nearby Ringling’s winter home and where many Little People lived. Coincidence – I think not.

Spirits in Rapture

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Mark Vidler (Go Home Productions) had the brilliant idea of mashing up two songs by Blondie and The Doors. Rapture Riders is a mix of Blondie’s, Rapture and Riders on the Storm, by The Doors. The photogenic lead singers of Debbie Harry and Jim Morrison were born in Florida. They also tended to overshadow their noteworthy bands.

Debbie Harry wrote some lyrics and sang lead, but did not do the music, she was not Blondie. The other band members could not truly be Blondie without Debbie Harry, either. My reason for this post is the Blondie’s placement on the list of breakups and narcissism. You know it hurt some egos with all the focus on the blond singer. Drugs also played a part in the breakup but the indestructible attitude is a narcissistic trait. How many people have to fall, due to drugs, before a lesson is learned?

Imagine trying to handle someone like Jim Morrison, as keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger had to do. The other members of The Doors had to adjust live onstage to Morrison’s antics and creative inspiration. Morrison’s substance abuse threatened the band’s continuity even before the fatal overdose took away the face of the band. The Doors never had the normal breakup that many bands go through, but the overdose caused an important piece to break away.

Yesterday, I finished the main lyrics of my 3 song experiment but I left off the chorus. I show a partial on my Gator Bait song, still, I hadn’t decided what to do with the chorus. I’m still not positive but I’m leaning toward the lines on the bottom of this post. I’m stretching things by attaching Blondie to the University of Miami because none attended; Debby Harry’s birth is the attachment I use to reconcile my use. The breakup is and the narcissism are my primary reasons. I thought about using Grace Slick, but Jefferson Airplane-Starship survived and still thrived without Slick.

The Doors didn’t have a true breakup but it was a “close enough.” Jim Morrison did attend Florida State, so I did not need to cheat, in that regard. I’m not being over judgmental with the Me My Mine, which comes from the title of a Beatles song, but the ego that drives success can also cause destruction. So here is my theoretical chorus:

Me My Mine
Sing The Eagles
Just like the Beatles
Me My Mine.

Me My Mine
Sing The Doors

Me My Mine
Sing The Eagles
Just like the Beatles
Me My Mine.

Me My Mine
Sings, Blondie

Me My Mine
Sing The Eagles
Just like the Beatles
Me My Mine.

My 3 Song Experiment

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I made theoretical lyrics for Florida’s three biggest three universities. Reworking the lyrics to share the same chorus may be my next step. After I looked at 3 songs side-by-side, I notice the Seminole and Hurricane songs start with peace and calm. The Gator’s smile gives a similar feeling, but the word hate changes the feeling. I may take out the hate.

I need make decisions on rhythm. My choice in chorus needs to come first. I made the songs for literary purpose, but turning them into true song would be ideal. For literary purpose, creating a better visual is more ideal.

I already posted my University of Florida and my Florida State University song, so I may as well put the text of the University of Miami song. I alluded to the Dixie Dregs and included the title of Jimmy Buffet’s, Surfing in a Hurricane. I prefer to add more illusions, but nothing else came to mind. The part about the ibis comes about because the ibis is the first bird to came back alter the storm. It needs work, but here it is:

Look in our eye
You see peace
Do you know why?

We are in control
Hear that sound
That’s not a drum roll
Look around
A storm’s a’comin
That’s chaos a’comin

Don’t expect to come surfin here
When the calm falls away
You will know the meaning of fear
You will know the nature of Biscayne Bay
You will know how we reign
We reign rain

Here you fall to the Dregs
You be Surfing  in a Hurricane
Temper the Tempest, ye begs
Know ye begs in vain

Only Ibis can calm the storm
Only white wings bring the light
Till then you only get the dark of our storm
And all the might.

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