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Hydrogen jukebox” comes from a line in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” (1955):

…who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford’s floated out and sat through the stale beer afternoon in desolate Fugazzi’s, listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen jukebox

Ginsberg explained that the hydrogen jukebox signifies a state of “hypertrophic high-tech, a psychological state in which people are at the limit of their sensory input with civilization’s military jukebox, a loud industrial roar, or a music that begins to shake the bones and penetrate the nervous system as a hydrogen bomb may do someday.”

“Ultimately the motif, the underpinning, the secret message, secret activity, is to relieve human suffering by communicating some kind of enlightened awareness of various themes, topics, obsessions, neuroses, difficulties, problems, perplexities that we encounter.”

That’s the Hydrogen Jukebox.

Turning the world upside down and shaking out all the pockets. Channeling curiosity, observation, adventure to explore truth and authenticity.

John Steinbeck wrote, “No man knows about other human beings. The best he can do is suppose they are like himself.” 

I don’t know much about you. I don’t know your experience, your hopes, your dreams. I don’t know what scares you, or what lights you on fire.

But it is my hope that as I explore the world around me, and the world within, that what comes resonates with you.

This is for those who believe they are ordinary.

May they find that they, too, are mistaken.

 

Peace and Blessings,

Josie

 

 

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