"An obscure cosmopolite, whimsied polymath, Epicurean and accidental Thaumaturgist." ~Anonymous review
Jay Joslin: a queer, lefty, wingnut, author, performer, web monkey, mystically-enthalled wahoo and slacktivist in the mountains of western NC. Jay Joslin specializes in the study of human consciousness and comparative religion, and strongly advocates for "thinking about It All" whenever possible. He is the author of three prose collections; One for the Nameless (published by Invoke Yourself Press 2009), Rainbow Over Crossroads (Solus Press 2005), and Digging the Immaterial (iUniverse/Barnes & Noble 2003), and his works have been published in the White Crane Journal and licensed for various other publications. Jay acts locally, has done animation voiceover work, is an acclaimed nature/abstract photographer, and is widely considered to be eccentric and mad as a hatter.
Flickr profile, IMDB profile (for cartoon voices), and a magazine article. His photography has been featured by a United Nations agency, and published in the London Daily Telegraph, random photography books about simulacra, and ESL textbooks for South Americans.
As a somewhat old fashioned romantic, I am drawn to passions, and having the drive for passion is important. It's easy to be sedentary, complacent, and not to rock the boat. What's most important to me is the passion for our singular experience in being alive, a passion to gain knowledge (and lose it, as needed), to be awed, and a passion for living in accord with hard-won virtues. Think Harold and Maude... to boil it down, what matters to me is being among those who also feel that what they do really matters. So yeah, I like to hang out at the curious junctions of Philosophy, Science, Spirituality, Service and Expression. I hope you're rather a fan of that place on the map as well.
I do a lot of things in the public eye but ultimately I'm a fairly private person who savors some time/space from other humans, just as much as I love good company. I've been functionally single for a decade plus, partly because I don't feel that I "need" someone to be happy. To want is far more flattering, isn't it?
Here's a variety of trivial pap collected from the internet, apparently voiced by yours truly, at some point...
The best thing about Asheville is: Our independent and creative vibe.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any 4 people, dead or alive, who'd be coming? Alan Watts, Slavoj Zizek, Carl Sagan, and Sir David Attenborough
My favorite physical activity is: Working Out/Hiking/Swimming
Who would you cast in the movie of your life? I've been told I look like a cross between Tom Sizemore (meh) and a young Richard Dreyfuss. So, naturally, I'd have to cast Edward Norton.
My favorite haunts are: questionable Mexican restaurants, Jack of the Wood, deSoto Lounge, and the Thirsty Monk (downstairs).
What do you hate about Asheville? Florida. 'Nuff said.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I'm an ordained minister who struggles with the whole concept of God, and a thrice-published author.
The last concert I went to was: Gogol Bordello. Or was it Devotchka?
My hottest features are: my stove
Two books everyone should read are: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard and Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
My favorite place to eat is: My kitchen- as I type there's a marsala sauteed chicken & mushroom dish topped with garden fresh Spinach Alfredo sauce.
My favorite cartoon to watch as a kid was: Star Blazers!
What songs would be on the soundtrack of your life? "Kooks" by David Bowie "I'll be your Mirror" by Velvet Underground "Allah Hu" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan "Which Will" by Nick Drake "Galileo" by Indigo Girls "Rakoto Frah Two Step" by Tarika Rakoto Frah "Arena" by VNV Nation
What quote best defines you? "Aut viam inveniam, aut faciam." -Seneca (I will find a way or I will make one)
I spend my free time: Researching, Reading, Watching movies, Phenomenology, Hiking, Writing, Photography, Curating music collection
I consider myself an open-minded person, but my deal breakers are: Entitlement and Consumerism
Design your ideal mate: the brain of Carl Sagan and the body of Jude Law
Something I said I'd never do but did anyway was: karaoke (once, okay, twice)
While driving I sometimes: daydream but always remember to stay in the right lane
It's Sunday morning at 10 a.m. If I'm not still sleeping, I'm at: Jubilee
If people are what they eat, I'm a: sundried tomato with a dollop of balsamic vinegar
What I’m doing with my life:
*Wild Goose Chase
I’m really good at:
*The whole "renaissance man" schtick
*De-escalating crisis situations (my crazy job)
*Interacting with the public
*Fleeing the public
*Disappearing into the woods for Zen time
The first things people usually notice about me:
*Verbally nimble, but
*Physically awkward (or at least I notice that)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food:
*Wings of Desire
*The Tree of Life
*Everything Is Illuminated
*Hedwig and the Angry Inch/Shortbus
*Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
*Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
*Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
*House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
*Demian by Hermann Hesse
(I "curate" a massive collection, so to pick out 5 standouts isn't a fair representation)
*Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan/Qawwali
Shows (don't watch anything else, dislike 97% of teevee):
*Ghost Adventures (suck it up)
*Serious British Documentaries About Important Topics
*Unapologetically, buffalo wings as needed
The six things I could never do without:
1. A loving community of wonderful friends and family
2. Time for soul refreshing solitude
3. Reveling in the sensory world
4. The kitties
5. Access to knowledge
6. Life (a given)
7. I could do without the concept of never doing without, and being constrained by arbitrary numerical limits
I spend a lot of time thinking about:
Maybe Elvis Costello could say it best: "What's so funny 'bout peace. love, and understanding?" My job requires a lot of thinking so I'm always trying to hone my skills and seeing any interaction as an opportunity to learn, and break down all those pre-installed assumptions (y'know, psychospiritual malware). On the other end, I also try to spend some time not thinking, but just being, witnessing, being in the world without scanning for interpretations of it. Also, there is a place for complete and utter nonsense, so a walk through my brain might look like an interpretive dance of a Monty Python episode inside the Large Hadron Collider. "I will not buy this Higgs-Boson, it is scratched." Such things make me laugh long into the night.
Jay maintains several side projects and interests. Here we neatly collate them into one site from which you can jump off, jump in a lake, go fly a kite, etc.;