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, directing for theatre and playwriting.
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. I include the piece here for his vision of a society in transition to non-exploitive economic institutions and relationships.
- Marxists Internet Archive with Encyclopedia of Marxism, including Anarchism.
- 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 Workshop presented by Marshall Rosenberg.
- Lucid Dreaming Articles and book excerpts from Stephen LaBerge.
- 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.
- The Next System Project Today’s political economic system is not programmed to secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. We can create the kind of society — and world — we’d like now and for future generations.
- Guerrilla Gardening: A Horticultural Revolution
- Earthship Biotecture Radically sustainable buildings.
Creativity in the World
- Interviews with Writers from The Paris Review.
- 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.
- The Theatre of the Absurd by Martin Esslin, free online. I enjoyed the chapter on Eugène Ionesco.
- 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.
- The Creative Process Tiffany Shlain, director of the documentary Connected, shares the creative process she has developed over the years.