Back in the mid-nineties, I was a bit of an Ani D fanatic, finagling tickets through work to see her concerts. It just so happened that in the winter of ’96, she was playing in Burlington, VT. So, of course, I call up her publicist, who gets me tickets and, bonus, a copy of “The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere,” a collaboration she made with Utah Philips, an interesting mix of ole timee folk and hip hop (or whatever style of music it is. I can’t classify the kind of music kids are listening to these days. And get off my damned lawn!). Off to Burlington I go, amidst all the Green State lugs.
Afterward, TPDGA was a regular on the cd player, including the song Nevada City, CA, a stream-of-consciousness ditty about living in, well, Nevada City, California, a small mining town near the Sierras. Apparently, over time, it’s become a “new-age chronosynclastic infindibulum,” i.e. an epicenter of NARPs (new age rural professionals). Drumming circles, Robert Bly, high colonics, spelt cookies, holier-than-thou attitudes, etc.
What am I getting at? Well, this: yesterday, I get home, go through my mail, and come across a postcard inviting me to “discover” a book called, wait for it, “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, as remembered by His (notice the capital ‘H”?) Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.” Quite a mouthful, that.
And just where would this publisher be located? That’s right. Nevada City, CA. Weee!
I don’t know why I’m on their mailing list, to tell the truth. Because, remember, no matter how new age you get, old age is gonna kick your ass.