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Old Knucklehead, aka Mortaljivester/mjs

I wrote a really long and amazing post about this blog and why I won't be posting at Correntewire any more. I'm sure it would have won awards and cured the sick and lame. We'll never know for sure because I hit some fucking button I shouldn't have and my efforts vanished into the ether. Heh-heh. Suffice it to say that you, dear reader, have been spared a long and meandering journey through the past thirty-three or so months since I was kindly invited to join these wonderful people here. Right now my neck and right shoulder ache, and the dogs have to pee, and I got-got-got no time.

Instead of some long explanation as to why I must bid this blog adieu I will simply post the images I had already chosen for this good bye and you can cobble together a story for yourself. The truth is I have books to write and plays to conjure and songs to sing and life to live, and quite simply cannot devote time or thought to blogging any longer. I am not that hip, but I am out of here...*


All images by mjs, except for three: "Old Knucklehead" taken by barryshap--you can view his flickr images here. The image of the Jivester & Mrs. Jivester, aka frank and donna, was taken by Oregon Bea. The b&w image of the Hyperion Bridge/viaduct over the Los Angeles River was from a UCLA archive, the link for which I have lost (for now, anyway).

A special thank you to Leah, who is too smart and kind by half, and to the indefatigable Lambert, who is also a terrific human being. Shystee: be nutty. Regards and love as well to Xan, CD, Sarah, Tom, Vastleft, Xenophon, RDF, Riggsveda, the farmer, hekebolos and some Canadian type named Tresy. To all the terrific guest posters and commenters and frequenters of this blog: tat tvam asi!


*I reserve the right to drop in at Jesus' General from time to time, just to get a fix...

Best wishes to all, and to all a good life!


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Submitted by leah on


My only request, if you are going to drop in anywhere else, let us know...and even consider dropping in here, from time to time....

it won't be the same blog without you...

but your presence will still be felt...

the only thing that makes this bearable for me is the thought of that other writing you will be able to do

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Submitted by gizzardboy on

I followed you over here when you joined the group, after a couple of great poems "Naked Christians Flying Up" and "We Can't Stand It When We Fade". I mostly lurk and smirk, but I have appreciated all you have done. You have introduced me to some wonderful people who continue to amaze me with their abilities to find and bring to light all the stuff that would otherwise get ignored, buried and swept under the rug. Frankly (no pun intended), I'm getting a little weary of the primary politics, and like CD, think I should spend time gardening. But like the shrub regime, this to, will pass. Best of luck to you and the missuz.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

Good luck out there, may the wind be at your back and a song be in your heart and your fingers be on a keyboard typing out that song to us.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by FeralLiberal on

before I started posting. I'm glad I had a chance to share this space with you. Best of luck and visit often!

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Submitted by shystee on

You were the blog's jester/poet/spiritual advisor or something like that. I'm going to miss your posts. But I understand wanting to focus on "real life".

The trips I took to LA for the blog gatherings at your place are some of the highlights of my "Bush Years". Thanks for showing us around that strange city.

Best of luck to you, Mrs. MJS, Chauncy and your furry friends. I hope you do drop in again.

In the meantime I will meditate on the significance of your instructions for me...

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Submitted by amberglow on

(and i'm on a break from Metafilter myself, so i know how it is)

be well! : >

Submitted by lambert on

I certainly picked a poor time to travel and then lose my Internet connection. So, I return, and here we are.

I think "great writer" sums it up for me, because that's what I'd like Corrente always to be about.* We have been very lucky to have you, MJS, and if your writing improves -- though that hardly seems possible -- or finds a wider, and perhaps even a profitable, readership, then you are doing exactly what you should be doing. May The God(ess)(e)(s) of Your Choice, If Any, bless you, if that is what they do, in that endeavor, if that is what you really want.

And don't forget to hang by your thumbs!

UPDATE For readers who came in late, and who want to know what they'll be missing, see MJS's blog, of course, but also Detecective Neptune in "Christ, The Screaming Avenger", the Bad Magician stories. And many, many others.

NOTE Think through the implications of the perennial question "Is the great orator also a good man?" before saying WTF...

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

beg of you to let us hear, from time to time, how you and Chauncy and the rest of your family are progressing.

I wish you the very best in all your writing endeavors, and I know success awaits you.

We will be a different place without your voice -- you have made us richer by your presence. Thank you for all those amazing journeys into all those images, and for all the wisdom, warmth, and light you have brought among us.

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Submitted by dr sardonicus on

Your pics were always excellent, your lyrics and prose are one-of-a kind, and I always enjoyed your deeper metaphysical insights as well. Good luck in all your future endeavors, and I hope I'll still see you around here from time to time.

...for the rest of us

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Submitted by MJS on

To all: I have been very fortunate to hang out with such a great group of people. I hope to write some works that will be worthy of your interest and time...


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Submitted by Sima on

and have always enjoyed your posts. Some of your poems have moved me to tears. Gods be with you, and may your travels be interesting, fruitful and fulfilling.

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Submitted by hobson on

I think Portland is the origin of the Endless Feast. Endless feasting to you and the whole pack.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

move on, hang out elsewhere, live life away from the machine, get serious, do all that good stuff and more. the blogosphere will still be here, whenever and if ever you want to dip in again. time away is essential and good, and you know we'll love you if you come back or not, 100 days or years from now, no matter where you are. until next time, and thank you so much for opening your home on my birthday. it's one of the finest gifts i've ever received. kiss the wife for me too.

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Submitted by Oscar on

It's quite weird to be reading this farewell thing when I actually just had the opportunity to actually meet mjs in the temporal-spatial existence type context. The Warshers, us Portland band people what done stole his lyrics (with permission) all agree he is very cool, despite traces of Los Angeles which may be remaining in his hair. It is to be noted that he was less drunk than we were. This may in fact continue to be so.

Re the quitting thing: Say it ain't so! Post once every blue moon. Just without the obligations.

So advise I, though by what authority is quite unknown.

All hail mjs, an excellent wordsmith. May he not give THAT up.