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by Joan d'Arc
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Conspiracy Geek: Collected Writings and Interviews by Joan d'Arc
Joan d'Arc of Paranoia Magazine and HunterGatheress Journal, and Chief Resident of the Paranoid Women Institute at conspiracygeek.blogspot.com, compiles her best writings and interviews in this collection.
*** A new race of disembodied cyborgs is being engineered to travel into deep space.
*** Ballistic Panspermia: What is it and how did we get here?
*** The night Wilhelm Reich's Cloudbuster became a Spacegun.
*** Proof that the U.S. knew Japan was going to bomb Pearl Harbor and let it happen.
*** A new mafia-connected JFK witness steps forward.
*** Everyday life: The common denominator.
*** Giordano Bruno, 16th Century Ufologist?
*** Beings in NothingDrive: An Existential Analysis of the Travis Walton UFO Abduction.
*** Why alternatives to Darwinian Evolution should be taught in public schools.
among many others ....
This cutting edge 356-page book contains 13 articles and 12 interviews. Interviewees include:
*** Joan Mellen on the assassination of JFK;
*** Michael Cremo on how museums and textbooks hide evidence of extreme human antiquity;
*** Barbara Walker on how God replaced the Womb with the Word;
*** David Ray Griffin on 9-11 and Osama bin Laden;
*** Jarrah White and Ralph Rene on the Apollo Moon Hoax;
*** Stephanie Caruana on the Gemstone File;
*** Acharya S. on the Jesus Myth;
*** Craig Heimbichner on Freemasonry and the OTO;
*** Beth Goobie on surviving a Canadian MKULTRA cult;
*** Robert Eringer on how he brought in Ira Einhorn for the murder of Holly Maddux;
*** and Mike Bara on evidence of remains of ancient cities on the Moon.
Conspiracy Geek Review
Curating the History of Mystery & Conspiracy
By Iona Miller
Despite its deceptively breezy name, Conspiracy Geek is far more than a collection of Joan d'Arc's interviews and kitchy psifi. It is an archival compendium that contains some valuable history of the conspiracy genre. In a pre-blog world there were few reliable sources of paramedia. Joan?s commitment to her inquiries never faltered. She was in the forefront of what became "infotainment."
This is a seriously involved investigator who escaped into the Paranoid Women Institute from a world in which virtually no one believed in "conspiracies," and to do so was to call one's sanity into question. Now, a large segment of the public accepts such alt.news as par for the course. The fact remains: Joan got there first and kept her journalistic integrity intact.
It's important to look at the effects of things, not just original intentions. Yes, in 1992 Joan and her co-founder, Al Hidell at Paranoia magazine, wanted to deeply probe the underground, fringe and mainstream sources for whatever new tidbits they could add to the usual list of assassination plots, false flags, and bizarre theories. Many of her interview subjects have become celebrities in the blogosphere.
But the fact is, they created one of the best journals on the subject in the world. As such, Joan's interviews constitute a sort of archive of the evolution of the conspiracy genre, and some measure of the availability of certain types of information from certain sources. These are the stories behind the stories and urban myths, often from the "horse's mouth."
Over time, more and more credible witnesses came forward, even as the public became more inclined to believe them. That doesn't mean we should take all stories without the proverbial grain of salt, but even factually inaccurate stories can reflect something of the collective imagination --- something that wants to emerge from our mythic consciousness.
Conspiracy as a genre faces a similar dilemma to parapsychology and frontier science. Both began with serious challenges in credibility and reporting; they were allocated to the fringe. Both became fields that not only had to produce its own material but find ways to archive and curate that work as well.
Conspiracy Geek is a great effort toward preserving this era where conspiracy has gone from a dirty word to more of an attitude of, "Oh yea, I knew it all along." But don't imagine for moment that there are no surprises left in this guided tour of the dark underbelly of life under the hidden hand. Often the truth is stranger than fiction.
Paranoia also took a much more artful approach than other zines, styling itself as a sort of Juxtapose of the conspiracy world, including innovative cover artists. Joan is not just a writer. She is an artist herself who has a way of keeping things sassy and fun. She can juggle subjects from UFO to evolution to parapolitics without missing a beat.
The HunterGatheress is a joy to read even when the subject is deep, or as inscrutable as a famous UFO abductee or yet another mind-bending JFK revelation. In a world of heavy and foreboding fiction with well-worn dystopian tropes, she brings a lightness of spirit into the darkness that translates to the page as an easily readable style. It is as enjoyable as a night out at your local Tiki Bar. --Iona Miller
Conspiracy Geek is a fascinating collection of Joan d'Arc's explorations, interviews and musings into the shadowy recesses of political and scientific paranoia. Her credentials for delving into the occult corners of our collective confusion are impressive, and her writing is concise, astute and amusing. Questions posed to her interviewees target the heart of each subject as well as plucking golden apples of informative side theories.
I particularly savored the session with Michael Cremo on Darwinism and Intelligent Design, the essay on Wilhelm Reich, and the talk with Barbara Walker, who I previously knew only from my adventures in knitting. Joan has the ability to draw the butter from the murky milk of controversial issues, but my actual favorite is her short essay entitled, The Deconstruction of Everyday Life, which supports my realization (since we moved close to BNSF's railroad tracks) that the majority of human time and effort is expended moving "stuff" around.
Conspiracy Geek has something for everyone. Even my picky husband read and approved. Buy this book and let Amazon or Sisyphus Press move it to your mailbox.
A Delightfully Mind-bending Book January 8, 2013
Review By Stephanie Caruana, Gemstone file author
Well! I'll be horn-swoggled, cod-walloped and other signals of amazement and joy! Here's a new book by Joan d'Arc, a recognized Expert writer/ editor/ publisher, in the fields of Conspiracy, theory and practice; Paranoia; space travel, UFO'S (there or not(???),(?)etc., containing 11 (count'em) mind-bending original articles by Joan, covering such subjects as Space travelers (or not?), sowing the seeds of human destruction or salvation into our atmosphere; Freud, Jung, etc., and was all that a bunch of misguided piffle; were Homo Sapiens here for the early long haul, or were we johnnies-come-lately who missed all the good stuff; along with 12 superbly done interviews with writers and videographers, all experts in their fields.
Free your mind? October 24, 2012
By John L Murphy
Talking to an inmate my wife and I visit regularly, we mused about why so many prisoners gravitate towards conspiracy theories and esoteric reading. My wife mused that perhaps they need an explanation that goes beyond themselves and where they've wound up, to explain that more sinister or powerful forces have manipulated or impelled them and those who lack clout in society. I thought about this as I read "Conspiracy Geek" by Joan D'Arc.
Her interviews and articles roam into panspermia; "truther" 9/11 counterclaims; alien probes and a woman who presents herself as a survivor of such; government plots (Pearl Harbor, spies, Freemasons, mafia); hoaxes about the moon landing, UFOs--tying in Giordano Bruno in a typically wide-ranging stretch--; alternatives to Darwin; anomalous radio signals (fascinating); JFK; and her father's WWII experience on a minesweeper in the Italian landings. While I remain a skeptic by nature and thus one for many of the arguments elaborated herein, I found her explorations entertaining and thought-provoking. She interviews calmly her colorful array of characters, interjecting her own familiarity with the topics, and possessing what seems to me admirable patience and a steady direction, given the material that might provoke those less skilled to either total incredulity or utter acceptance. Her journalistic skill, in my perusal of her work gathered here, remains her forte. (P.S. Great cover art.)
The publisher's information gives you a sample of the panoramic, and microscopic, scope. My favorite piece was her interview with Barbara G. Walker, a feminist scholar of early religion and myth. As a college instructor in Comparative Religions, I found that the aversion to blood among many faith traditions, as opposed to its elevation by some pagan and Wiccan groups, provides a case study that interests some braver students. Walker and Joan discuss "womb envy"--and how the patriarchy's emphasis on logos, seizing control of the means of reproduction, the inversion of the ancient "primacy of blood," the obsession and worship of "seed" all complicated the transition from female to male dominance in this field, when the "secret of conception" had not yet been fully comprehended by the sky-god priests and the powers who wanted to be.
This plays off the other entries on panspermia, by the way--such cross-references are exactly why I wanted more of a framework to match up these inclusions. The reader may make such connections, but if the editor herself had lent a hand, the structure would be easier to comprehend. Those in the know, I suspect, will need less assistance, but for even those versed in such a diversity of topics, I predict some will be totally new.
One aspect that would have strengthened this anthology is her own story. A first-page blurb on her background only whets one's appetite to want to know more. (I note she is my "friend" in the Facebook realm and I requested a review copy.) If there had been an introduction placing these varied entries in context, and if each had been prefaced with her own editorial perspective, this would have enhanced the value of the collection. Interviews follow up with a biographical paragraph on the interviewee and his or her whereabouts, unknown or known. However, if a preface or afterword had been given for each, and the reason they are placed in the order they are, the book would serve as an easier guide. It's challenging to simply open this and plunge in, given the mind-spinning contents and the giant leaps from one obscurity to the next demanded. Maybe that's the point, the fun of the encounter, akin to what you'd find if you opened up what she's co-edited, Paranoia Magazine?
At my technical-business college, I teach humanities. So, I often encounter happily "geeky" students with similarly disparate interests, who listen to Alex Jones or visit Prison Planet types of sites. This book will be a recommended purchase for our library and them, so I can refer inquiring minds of a doubting and skeptical (or believing?) bent hither. And, some behind bars may find liberating thoughts in these pages, too.
Reader Review (February 4, 2013)
I became exposed to The Abyss through the works of Neitszche, Crowley, and also some writing called The Dark Night of The Soul... These 3 angles; theologic, psychologic, and mystic, all served to create for me a practical symbolism by which to structure myself so as to weather the storm, so to speak.
The storm has raged far longer than any book can describe...
Along the way, I have grasped at numerous, weak handholds in hopes of finding some form of support in this trying time. As a poet, it suites me none to have my creativity sapped. As a human, it suits me none to have my desire to interact with the world equally sapped - to the point of near extinction.
I have become disillusioned in my pursuit of knowledge, and also of an understanding of the world around me that I just can't seem to get. There have been so many dead-ends which I had believed in, so many people and doctrines. In the end, most proved hollow, especially the people.
From time to time, there have been books that "mattered". One of them that left an impression, and often is recalled in times of stress, is called The Little Black Book. I found it at a store on South Street in Philadelphia. I couldn't tell you where I lost it.
The first page of this tiny, little, black book, said something like "It's not what a book says that matters, but rather what the book DOES." I believe in that. This attitude has helped me to better navigate the stormy seas of Enlightenment. A teacher I studied under was a big advocate of Know Your Authors. Religious beliefs, politics, affiliations... These factors are major players in the defining of a person, and the person who writes is the source, therefore I don't think it's good to take in just anyone's work. Some are accurate in their research, and practical in their application of philosophy. There is no apparent agenda behind the person, other than the desire to share knowledge, and maybe make a buck or two to support themselves along the way.
Then, there are others out there, The Stressful-Kind. These are the cult-leaders, the self-appointed iconic figures who are no more enlightened than other Monarchy-minded elitists. They use clever tongues to sway the audience into a form of blind allegiance. When challenged, they resort to anger. They avoid direct confrontation. They use manipulations like guilt or appeal to vanity to draw in followers. They have a lot of "friends" on their pages, and many titles under their belts. They know who to know, what to say, and when to say it. Inside, they are dead... The just want attention, fame, control. These writers, both present and dead, are my biggest thorn in my side. I may actually HATE them, to be honest.
I feel as though I have been wandering in a dark and creepy place, full of jokesters and pesky little devils. I am tired, and just want to feel the sun upon my face again, but I continue through the "abyss" that is my Life's Journey at the moment.. I have grown slightly paranoid, beyond the level of weary awareness. I have grown short-tempered with those beyond my inner circle of One, of myself. I distrust because I know others to be selfish, to be liars...
But, this isn't actually a blog about my feelings, or my frustrations. I'm writing this to say that it is my opinion, after close analysis, and interaction with some of the figures interviewed, you really should read Conspiracy Geek, by Joan d'Arc. I know that there are more skeptics reading these words, than there are blind followers. I know that you don't want someone to tell you what's in a book to get you to buy it, but I think if you knew WHY it's worth owning, you might go ahead and pick up a copy today. Maybe two, you can give the gift of Knowledge and Art!
See, Joan doesn't take her easy poise and vast knowledge of anthrpologic subjects, or the things that go bump in the day to steer the reader into Belief. Though you can tell that this author is well learned, you will be hard pressed to find preaching, in ANY of her books. I have read The Hunter Gatheress Journals, Phenomenal World, almost every issue of Paranoia and Paranoid Women Collect Their Thoughts. I've also had the fortunate opportunity to communicate with the author directly on a few occasions, and no matter what angle I poked from, she never become the Cult Leader that is lurking behind the public veneer of so many of our favorite "conspiracy theorists". I really hate that term. I've provided her with the opportunity to soapbox me to death, and in the end, it was probably only I that ever took advantage of that opportunity. Yes, I hate in others that which I hate in myself. I am soap-box prone.
So, when she asked me to review Conspiracy Geek, I was super-excited. Except, I don't really know how to write a review. Plus, even if I had something bad to say about the book, I'd have a hard time saying it, even nicely. So, I did those brief reviews of a few chapters and posted them here. It was fun, to try and not sound like a reviewer while doing just that! But, that's not what I was asked to do...
I can't effectively tell you about every topic covered, nor can I do a chapter by chapter report of the entire book. I end up just re-writing, re-inventing the wheel. There are just too many incredible intereviews, and Joan's elegantly styled prose with which she took me through numerous thought processes that ultimately enlightened me to the struggles others endure, places I've never had the opportunity to see in the U.S.A. and era-defining strangeness that can't be swept under enough layers of rug. And some conspiracies that were new to me, even though I thought I had heard them all by now!
The interviews are priceless. She has an easy air when running through extremely difficult topics with a who's who of conspiracy and alt. researching. While keeping the flow of the exchange interesting, she also manages to leave the interviewee enough wiggle room to really let us know who they are! That is so important. With the subject matter being of such great interest to me, I used the book as a starting point to get to know many of the figures I have come across over the years. I was pleased to get to know some folks by reaching out to them via their various web presences. A few people proved amazing, and I became further disillusioned by the phony shallowness of a person or two as well. However, the disillusionment was short lived, because by the time I was done reading Conspiracy Geek and looking into people who have been slowly reeling me in over the years, I had regained strength and tolerance. Though I was disappointed to find that my heroes are all human like me, it was a useful, and fast way, to come to know what I am dealing with, and make informed decisions on who to continue to read, and who to shelve forever.
I won't get into who I like or dislike out of the interviews in the book, but I can say that the dislikes are far outnumbered. Though I won't endorse or condemn anyone Joan interviewed, I will say that Joan has outdone herself and continues to earn her place on my bookshelf and in my brain. The entire book is intriguing, and there is ample room to return to chapters-past and re-read, so it's worth owning. This isn't a book, it's a tool, a viewer to see into the personalities of some of the underground's most potent voices... You will not be disappointed, even though you may find yourself falling out of love with a writer or two before you are finished. You owe yourself the Truth, though, and there is no reward sweeter, even if the Truth may be a bit ugly... Truth gets me through my Abyss, maybe that is evidence of potency within that books pages that one just can't deny.
Hail to the Queen!
By Trevor Curtis (October 22, 2012)
This review is from: Conspiracy Geek
The alternative politics field, wrongly labeled "conspiracy theory" by the mainstream, has always been a boys club. The number of women who've managed to bust through in the field is small. The first was Mae Brussells, whose work is a legend in the field. Right behind her in the parade of women in conspiracy theory is Joan D'arc.
A longtime investigator and editor at Paranoia magazine, a collection by Joan is long overdue. When I received my reviewer copy, I was wondering how this collection would present her to both longtime readers and newcomers.
What's inside this book is a good sample of Joan's work. Subject themes in the volume include some usual suspects in the field(JFK, mind controlled slaves) and some surprising ones(a focus on non-Darwinian origins of human life). While I don't agree with everything Joan and her interviewees say(hell, sometimes they don't even agree with each other ), I admire her ability to present those viewpoints in a cogent and entertaining fashion. The best thing I can say about her work is that regardless of your belief, Joan makes you think and question your world. She has a way of taking some of the most dense topics and making them understandable.
Is the book perfect? No, but for a first collection, it's a hell of a start. I wish the articles had been cited for where they appeared first, but that's the editor in me. I also wish they'd had dates for when they were done. So if you're looking for a primer on conspiracy theory, this is not it. If you're looking for an engaging collection of writing and interviews across a wide berth of the field, here's the book for you. So where's volume 2?
Reviews of chapters in Conspiracy Geek
Thoughts on "The Deconstruction of Everyday Life", by Joan d'Arc in her new book "CONSPIRACY GEEK" (08 November, 2012)
She calls the piece "The Deconstruction of Everyday Life", however I believe it could be called, "Memoirs of The Creator". Joan d'Arc certainly maintains her tongue-in-cheek pose while bringing to the table some of the most difficult questions, and also answers.
I began reading "The Deconstruction of Everyday Life" with expectations, as a friend of mine had sounded excited when suggesting I read it. So, I did. I'm already reading "CONSPIRACY GEEK", so there was no harm to be had of reading in the same irregular order I was already reading it in, just differently.
Immediately, I was confused. I said, "Wait, is this a fictional story or is this a thesis?". I didn't know. So I read on, paragraph after paragraph of finely-woven wording, expressing the impossible question of "Why?".
Immediately I was taken in by the stark harshness of her description of nihilism in everyday life. She simply states it to be a frame of mind "where no action is preferable to any other". I felt, things, as I read these words stitched into the tapestry of the whole in waves of undulating, conscious expression that seemed to tarry on the side of sorcery, rather than a matter to be reduced to the category of fiction or official.
I began to feel fear of this woman. These words were too powerful. She shouldn't have this power. I read on.
The pointlessness of my everyday life became evident. The emptiness of my motion, the lack of passion in my action. Life, the rite of existing in the physical form, had been hollow for a long time, and I know that.
To read the same thing I often feel, and not even know that to be the reason for my "fear"; well, that is even more power, is it not? And I read on, against my conscious Will, it seemed. What magic IS this?!
Then, in one fell swoop, the significance of the seemingly-useless became clear. The power that inactivity, as well as activity, has over the world around a person is tremendous, which is demonstrated by Joan d'Arc's use of Gerard Duprey.
I don't know who the man is, except for the unpleasant impression of the man's overall existence that I derived from inside the lines of Joan's wildly-flying magic carpet ride of literature. He sounded slovenly, apathetic, and utterly useless; though intelligent.
My instability began to settle, and I drew nearer the end. Mind you, this is only a short piece. Yet one hell of a ride! In the few pages of "The Deconstruction of Everyday Life" , I felt more, was moved further, and had the most intense "AH HA!" moment in many years.
This slob-of-a-loser-guy, this lethargic Duprey, gave Joan the fuel needed to show me that even in the state of inactivity, presence and thought are enough to make things happen; to create. She showed me, for a moment, what it was to be a creator, by inducing both understanding of the base-human "side of the coin", and somehow granting me a moments' detachment from all of that, through her crafting of this piece, so that I may really say "Oh, I see." I still can't express what I saw, am seeing, and wish I could just give to you, now. The activity we often think necessary to make something happen. The activity I have found is important... Only when it is.
Though I wouldn't opt to be a motionless mover, I can see how in Duprey's inactivity (which wasn't really inactivity and that may make him a bit of a contradiction in his self) has had effect. A ripple grew from his laying on the kitchen floor, snapping and pointing at the help, which reminds me of the term "thought-forms". This glimpse, and the practical way Joan applied her craft to expressing to the reader that there is reason to feel good, even if right now things seem bleak. She teaches how to be a creator, even if only in our own small ways. She gives us the formula of having a moment's peace, and if a moment can be achieved, a life-time can be aspired towards. In that is the Power. With that, my fear ceased to exist. I put it back down.
"The U.S.S. Incessant: A World War II Story About My Father"
Chapter of Conspiracy Geek, Reviewed by Nuwbunun El-Mustasafeer at (Nov 21, 2012)
It was difficult for me; the day I got stumped. A simple request, which should have been easily met with similarly simple response on my part became a journey that was a lesson in duality. Read "CONSPIRACY GEEK", and write a review... Yes I'm on it!
Thankfully I don't own a credit card, or I'd actually have done just that for Amazon. My being a little out of step saved me from tackling the book with that attitude, and since I am sharing my thoughts on a niche-blog with a smallish audience, I can simply share my thoughts on some chapters. Which is where the bonus is for me, because I have no sense of urgency to complete the entire book as if it were a book to be read abruptly and reviewed briefly! That isn't what one does with a literature of this nature. The variety of topics and techniques are diverse, too much so to take this book lightly or with an attitude of nonchalance.
Joan d'Arc's "The U.S.S. Incessant: A World War II Story About My Father" began as a cumbersome chore. Here I am, 34 and totally uninformed (AKA "uninterested". That's what I always would tell myself at least.) about WWII's details. Same with WWI. Korean War as well. And I'm about to read a World War II story about an author's Father. Great...
Joan's delivery method for this piece is the only part of the chapter that was tough to tackle! And, not because she is awkward in her prose, but the quite the contrary. There is a grace with which she delivers heavy measures of candor, historical reference, and an overall good-feeling as you go because, whether you know history or not, you know being human. In the end, it was a very candid glimpse into the life of an author that one otherwise doesn't get. At least, not from this author. While she may tell-all about digestive-ailments that she had to figure out and treat on her own, thanks to The Bird Lady (Referencing a chapter in Hunter Gatheress Journal Vol 1), Joan isn't one to start talking about her personal life.
You will not find names here, as is to be expected from a Paranoid Woman in a world of vast conspiracy. That in itself is unusual, because if anyone is not shy about name-dropping in her writings when it is relevant or necessarry. You will, however, be taught some heavy stuff about mustard gas, learn about what we now call "PTSD" and/or "CPTSD" and how these syndromes can effect a whole family, be told of some tough living that bore fruits of of what sounds like a colorful and ultimately fulfilling childhood. Maybe not the type one thinks of as being "blessed" by today's standard, however there is no moping to be told of in the words contained within the 6 potent pages that sit quietly between the covers of "CONSPIRACY GEEK" - disguised as a WWII story - but really a study in sociology and also a candid glimpse at the younger years of one of the busiest Lady's in the world of "Alternative-Reporting" and conspiracy literature. Definitely a great piece of work!