Hearing Voices Cafe – Mon 7th DEC 2020

Hearing Voices Cafe

Mon DEC 7th
2pm to 4pm

Coffee & All That Jazz
72 Howard Park Ave 

Roncesvalles,  Toronto

TTC routes: 506, 501, 504 

Coffe & All That Jazz Cafe is open for Take Outs

Its COVID time,
-We’ll be outside.
Please wear a mask to protect yourself and each other.

For those willing to open themselves to listen, willing to be changed by what we might hear, and to learn from and with each other.

Please note:
If you re looking to be told what to do
or for solutions or fixes…
Or especially if you’re looking to tell others who to be, what to think or what to do
then please stay at home  on social media.

We don’t “advocate” anything, except maybe, this:
listening to many different perspectives
and making your own choices about your own life
– and having the grace to allow others space to do likewise.

If you come to preach or judge or proselytize or victimize then…
please, save your breath, there are plenty of other places you can do that.

We especially welcome those struggling to support loved ones who from time to time finds themselves overwhelmed by life, and struggle in ways that get called “psychosis”
you’ll be able to connect with others in a similar place.

Please help us share our Poster below.


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MADx – F#CK YOU COVID – Fri 27 Nov 2020

MADx brings you …


Fri 27th Nov 2020
8pm to 10pm
[Tronno time]


Online, Everywhere,
wherever you are.



What is MADx ?

MADx is a celebration of our human spirit.
and what it takes to free ourselves of what or who others would have us be –
to connect and have some fun together too.

MADx is a performance based get together

If you want to perform, share your stuff:
Poetry | Short Story | Spoken Word | Songs | Stand Up | Stuff not beginning with ‘S’ or ‘P’

  • Some of our performers are old hands and Pros,
  • Most are not.
  • Many are finding the courage to stand or sit in the spotlight for the first time anywhere.
  • Maybe highlighting how we need to change, or you’ve changed…
  • Or maybe you want to highlight some things you like about the last few months or how its inviting us to reflect on fucking up the world and what you’re changing…
  • Maybe you wanna rail against the incompetence of our ‘glorious leaders,
    rant about COVID  hair,
  • Or maybe you just want to say “FUCK YOU COVID.”

Performance slots are typically ten mins.

We ask of you that you choose

  • not to stereotype and objectify or dehumanize others..
  • not to tell others who to be or what to do..that’s about it.

How You Can Join in…

If you want to perform, share some of your stuff…

  • Drop us a line at …
  • Tell us briefly what you’d like to do…
  • And. if you have links to you doing your stuff, go ahead include them.

If you want to just enjoy and join in the audience… 

  • Drop us a line at …


  • We’ll send you a zoom invite nearer the time.

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American Psychosis- Chris Hedges

Experts appointed by those in power to be expert [those very same self-appointed experts] will tell you that the core diagnosis of “psychosis” is “disconnection with reality”. 

Putting aside that this notion is itself the ultimate limit of un-realness itself, to say nothing of being the very definition of utter bollox/bollix/bollocks…

Here Chris Hedges put some flesh on the bones of the famous Nietzsche aphorism that reminds us madness is something rare in individuals but the rule in societies, to offer his analysis of the madness of modern society in what he calls “American Psychosis”…

Hedges is American, but one who had opportunity to live outside is borders  for twenty years as “foreign correspondent” and to witness the patterns of how totalitarian regimes work…

and how (and how rapidly) they disintegrate and fall apart…

And now reflects that back upon American society…
and by extension broader global society of collective dissociation modelled for us / imposed upon us  shown by his home country and which are now aped around the world…

The totalitarian capitalism,  the madness that pervades through groupes, parties, peoples, corporations, countries, and continents of this age.

A madness he calls… 
American Psychosis.

“Madness is something rare in individuals
— but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”

– Nietzsche

American Psychosis – Chris Hedges

Video:  14:43mins

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Kevin & Dave Go to Montreal Goes Back to Sheffield…

Nah Den! Get yer Sheffield Shorts on for t’Sheffield Short Film Festival

At one point just about every human alive will hear a voice only they hear, each person and each voice have a story.

This is a story about Kevin Healey, a Toronto-based Hearing Voices Support Worker who personifies the voice he hears the most Dave Umbongo with a cool-looking puppet with sunglasses. Kevin & Dave visit Montreal for the World Hearing Voices Congress where they will hold a puppet-making workshop called Carnival des Voix (Carnival of Voices).

This documentary expands beyond imposed, limited and  downright dumb ideas of “normal”, farts in the face of orthodoxy and embraces other ways of perceiving the world, asserting our humanity in an increasingly dehumanizing world that we make for ourselves and each other- and which only we can disentangle.


Kevin & Dave Go to Montreal
A short movie made in collaboration with Michelle Melles, will go (back) to Sheffield
-which is a bit bonkers cos it’s where Kevin & Dave first met decades ago-
in October 2020 for its world Premiere as part of the official selection for the
Sheffield Short Film Festival…

Then back to the future it will go back to Montreal (again) for the
Montreal International Film Festival.

Like, literally: Woo!

Originally scheduled for May 2020, the Sheffield Film Festival was postponed because of  [bastard] Covid-19.

The festival will now be held online from Friday 30th October.

Dave travels by map, you can get thee sen there wi’ a couple  o’ wee clicks…

Here are some links to the Sheffield Short Film Festival .

Sheffield Shorts

Kevin and Dave go to Montreal
is part of the section :

Somebody to Love




Trailer for Sheffield Shorts Film Festival

[You can see Dave blip in n out at 1:43]

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/449662145″>Sheffield Short Film Festival 2020 Trailer!</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/sheffieldshorts”>Sheffield Shorts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Building a new response to 911 distress calls in Toronto

“For me, it was very clear that having officers as first responders for a mental health crisis was simply not working, and many times, was escalating a situation”
– Asante Haughton

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up.”

-Rachel Bromberg

If you’re interested in contributing to an initiative approach that is revisioning how services respond to 911 distress calls in Toronto then you can.

The article below from Toronto Star  outlines how Rachel Bormberg and Asante Haughton are leading an initiative to do just that.

reach out and response network is hosting a series of consultations that you can participate in

Reach Out and Response Network

Upcoming Town Halls – Save the Dates!

We need your feedback! We are hosting several town halls to help us develop our proposal to the City.

      • The Service Users town hall is on Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Service Providers town halls will be on Saturday, August 29 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Lawyers and Legal Advocates town hall is on Thursday, September 3 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Family Members town hall is on Saturday, September 5 at 2 p.m. Register here.


These mental health advocates are working on an alternative to police intervention when someone is in crisis. They say ‘all of a sudden’ people are interested

Asante Haughton knows all too well what it’s like to call police during a mental health crisis. He’s reached out a dozen times — sometimes to get help for his mother, other times himself.

Just one of those times, it was “maybe” helpful to have armed officers show up at the door, says Haughton, who has spoken openly about his anxiety and depression and whose mother has experienced significant mental health challenges.

The other times, police presence ratcheted up tension and created a sense of fear, especially as a Black family, says Haughton. He often felt his concerns weren’t considered real or serious.

“For me, it was very clear that having officers as first responders for a mental health crisis was simply not working, and many times, was escalating a situation,” Haughton, a mental health advocate and youth worker, said in an interview.

Many others are now coming to the same conclusion amid uproar over the police-involved deaths of Black and Indigenous people in a mental health crisis — including Toronto city council and the Toronto police board.

Recent weeks have seen protesters marching through the streets decrying the local police shootings of 62-year-old Ejaz Choudry in June and 26-year-old D’Andre Campbell in April, both shot dead by Peel police while in mental distress, as well as the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from her High Park highrise in the presence of police in May.

The deaths are all under investigation by Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit.

In response, Toronto city council in June started a process that will lead to a non-police-led response to mental health crisis calls, something members of the Toronto police board have said they support.

“We all need to ask ourselves, ‘Why don’t we have a better option?’ Our system is broken when our only option is to send the police into a mental health crisis situation,” Uppala Chandrasekera, then-member of the Toronto police board, said at a June meeting.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s largest psychiatric facility, has also called for removing officers from mental health emergencies, something former Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, whose resignation came into effect Friday, said his officers would support. Each year, Toronto police respond to about 30,000 mental health-related calls.

“We readily admit that if others step up to the plate with a sustainable plan and system, then that means that there is less for us to do, more for us to focus on what we really are trained to do,” Saunders said in a recent interview with the Star.

Spurred through tragedy, the sudden interest in developing an alternative is what Haughton calls “unfortunate serendipity.” For years, he and other mental health advocates have been calling for a non-police response to mental health crisis calls.

“All of a sudden, people got interested — politicians got interested in actually implementing these changes,” said Rachel Bromberg, who has worked in the mental health realm seven years.

Bromberg and Haughton met as employees at Toronto’s youth mental health organization Stella’s Place. They have since founded the Reach Out Response Network, a coalition of stakeholders in Toronto aiming to build a civilian-led mental health emergency service — one that would be rapid response, and available throughout the city 24/7.

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up,” Bromberg said.

“What they need instead is a mental health expert, who they can trust, who can help them calm down. Someone who can help them feel safer.”

They’ve since attracted nearly 100 volunteers, some of whom are researching best practices. The network has since begun hosting consultations for specific populations, including for homeless Torontonians and Black and Indigenous communities.

“We really want to get those perspectives, get those folks as involved as possible in building this,” Bromberg said.

The aim is to help understand what community members want and need — knowledge that can then help the city design the best possible emergency response system. Bromberg and Haughton hope to partner with city decision makers to help lay the groundwork.

They’ve swiftly begun that work. Recent weeks have seen a flurry of meetings with the Toronto police board, the city manager’s office, and councillors who “a year ago were just not interested,” Bromberg said.

Educating decision-makers about models that have worked is a central goal. A leader in the field is the CAHOOTS program (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1989, the model sees a mental health professional paired with a nurse or a paramedic to respond to crises involving mental illness, addiction or homelessness — calls that range from suicide threats to conflict resolution. Neither staff member carries a weapon.

The program is embedded within the 911 system; dispatchers determine whether a police response is necessary, or if a CAHOOTS team is better equipped to deal with the call. Occasionally, the mental health team will request police backup, but that rarely occurs. Last year, out of approximately 24,000 calls handled by CAHOOTS, backup was only requested 250 times, according to a recent report released by the White Bird Clinic, the organization that operates CAHOOTS.

Last year, CAHOOTS handled about 20 per cent of the city’s 911 calls, and it’s estimated the program has saved $8.5 million in public safety spending per year, according to the report.

Bromberg and Haughton have also been studying other crisis response models. Last year, Bromberg co-founded the International Mobile Services Association, a network connecting people across Canada and the U.S. who have built or want to create a civilian-led mobile crisis service.

They have been learning what’s already out there and determining best practices. They recently tapped into this network to conduct a survey in response to what Bromberg says is the top question they get: what happens if a mental health call turns violent?

According to the results of that scan, which included gathering data from seven established programs across North America, injuries to staff are exceedingly rare, and when any occurred, they were nearly always minor. For example, during the 31 years CAHOOTS has existed, they have never had a serious injury or death of a staff member or a client, Bromberg said.

Bromberg and Haughton have been thinking a lot about why there is a presumption that mental health calls necessarily mean the risk of violence. Their theory: that having police respond to mental health crisis promotes stigma and fear of people in crisis.

“And we hope that by removing (police), we’ll reduce stigma, and people will be able to see that mental health crisis isn’t a crime, it’s a health crisis,” she said.

Haughton stresses that his and Bromberg’s efforts are not intended to insult or demean police — “what we are here for is to recognize that police already have so much on their plates, and they really shouldn’t be a jack-of-all-trades service,” he said.

“Police should be responding to the things that most require police work. And the large majority — the very large majority — of mental health calls do not at all require police to be on the scene.”


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Hearing Voices Cafe – Mon 14th Sep 2020

Hearing Voices Cafe

Mon Sep 14th
2pm to 4pm

Cafe & All That Jazz
72 Howard Park Ave 

Roncesvalles,  Toronto

TTC routes: 506, 501, 504 


pdf:  Hearing Voices Cafe Toronto – Sep 2020


For those willing to open themselves to listen, willing to be changed by what we might hear, and to learn from and with each other.

Please note:
If you re looking to be told what to
or for solutions or fixes…

We don’t “advocate” anything, except maybe, this:
listening to many different perspectives
and making your own choices about your own life
– and having the grace to allow others space to do likewise.

If you come to preach or judge or proselytize or victimize then…
please, save your breath, there are plenty of other places you can do that.

We especially welcome those struggling to support loved ones who from time to time finds themselves overwhelmed by life, and struggle in ways that get called “psychosis”
you’ll be able to connect with others in a similar place.

Please help us share our Poster below.


pdf:  Hearing Voices Cafe Toronto – Sep 2020

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Qallunaat ! – Why White People are Funny

Qallunaat – the Inuit word for white people, refers not so much to skin colour but to a state of mind .

In this documentary, Inuit peoples, who have had anthropological gaze cast upon them over many centuries, turn the tables and cast an anthropological-kinda lens and share their observations from their long history of encounters with peoples embodying the Qallunaat state of mind or worldview,  or way of thinking, acting and being reveals them to be, well, more than a bit odd.

From NFB Canada Website…

“This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.

A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.”


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Jarvis Cocker keeps hearing that voice

Excellent interview with Jarvis Cocker about living at home, writing songs, writing and going to your room and trying to not make too much noise, and …

“But then the voice in my head wouldn’t give me any peace.”

“I always felt, whilst doing these things, like I was cheating. I started work on this record maybe seven years ago.

Then I was asked to play a concert in Reykjavik in 2017. I was going to turn it down, because I didn’t have a band, but the voice spoke to me again and said, Say yes. ”

I had to learn to play the songs with a band and present them to an audience, and by doing that, finish them off.”

And another voice that he hears telling him he’s too old to be a rock star…

“Oh I hear that voice all the time”

Jarvis Cocker is releasing a new album with Jarv Is, the electronic successor to Pulp, which he led for more than 30 years.
Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

Jarvis Cocker Keeps Hearing That Voice

By July 6, 2020

“Here’s one of the most exciting things that’s happened to me recently,” said Jarvis Cocker, British rock’s foremost chronicler of hedonistic urges among the educated classes. One leaned in, expecting a rollicking anecdote. “I was given a membership to the London Library,” he revealed. “It’s a private library, in London, surprisingly, that’s been there for about 300 years.” (He was only off by 122 years; it was founded in 1841.)

Cocker was in New York in late February to promote “Beyond the Pale,” a seven-song album by his new band Jarv Is …, the more diffuse and electronic successor to Pulp, which he led for more than 30 years. (After the extent of the pandemic became clear, the release date moved from May to July.) He had chosen to meet in the cafe at McNally Jackson, the SoHo bookstore. Music and books meld in Cocker’s mind — a question about touring leads him to mention Richard Brautigan, and one about living part-time in France brings his thoughts about Michel Houellebecq and Emmanuel Carrère.

In 1996, when Pulp was in the midst of a run as one of Britain’s most popular and interesting bands, a Guardian writer described Cocker as “a young, gawky, bespectacled oddball” who was also the “finest wordsmith of his generation.” He’s now 56, and still has the physique of a pencil. On that February night, he was wearing burgundy corduroy pants on top of thick-heeled beige boots, below a fabulous Savile Row blazer. He spoke quietly, just above the store’s playlist of Lloyd Cole and the Blue Nile, and maintained the most assiduously unkempt hair in rock music.

While drinking green tea and pinching bits of a scone, Cocker discussed whether lyrics are important in music and how David Bowie saved him from prison, and opined on Steely Dan, Bryan Adams and broken crockery. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Is “Beyond the Pale” partly about the shrinking relevance of white people?

I hadn’t thought about that. Somebody told me the origins of “beyond the pale” is to do with when the English were occupying Dublin, and they had a section of town that was the Pale. That was where you were safe. If you went beyond the Pale, you were in the danger zone.

England is in a kind of complete nervous breakdown at the moment, with Brexit — which shouldn’t be called Brexit, because it’s really about an English myth of identity. That idea of paleness that’s represented by the things that have caused Brexit is something I would very much like to move beyond. So, yeah, I think there’s some of that.

Your mother is a councilor who supported Brexit. How did her conservative views influence you?

I’ve accepted from an early age that I’m very different from my mother. It makes me realize, there’s more to life than your political persuasions. I was loved in my household. Although I disagree with my mother, there was never really any animosity. I still love her. She embarrasses me a lot, but I’m not going to ban her from talking to me.

In a way, it might’ve been good preparation for being in a band, where you don’t agree with everyone’s opinion, no?

Yeah. I’m writing a book at the moment, and it’s sent me back to the roots of when I started writing songs. That thing of going to your room and trying to not make too much noise, but wanting to have something of your own, and inventing something that you can be the master of. When you’re living at home, you’re not a master of anything, really. You start to invent your fantasy world, which conforms to your rules. That’s like what a band is.

“The first point of contact with a song is the sound of it, or the melody,” Cocker said. “Everybody realizes that when you sing karaoke.”
Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

What kind of a book are you writing?

About 11 years ago, a festival in the U.K. invited me to do a talk. I did a PowerPoint presentation with slides, to illustrate my view of what makes good lyrics, and whether lyrics are important to songs. That talk has evolved over the past decade. The book is called “The Book Is a Song.” The conceit of it is that during the course of the book, we write a song together.

So what’s your answer? Are lyrics important to songs?

No. [laughs] I really do think that. One example is “Louie Louie” [by the Kingsmen]. In the ’60s, people thought it had obscene lyrics, but the reason why there was an F.B.I. investigation was that you couldn’t hear the lyrics. That didn’t matter, because the feel of the song was exciting.

The first point of contact with a song is the sound of it, or the melody. Everybody realizes that when you sing karaoke. The words come up on the screen, and you think, “Those are the words?” You know the chorus and two lines from the verse, but the rest is a fog. So I don’t think lyrics are that important.

Cocker onstage in Brooklyn in 2009.
Credit…Justin Maxon/The New York Times

So if “Louie Louie” is a dirty song that doesn’t have dirty lyrics, then lyrics aren’t paramount?

They are important. The written word is the nearest we can get to being inside someone else’s head. That’s kind of a magical thing, and it’s part of the magic of books. So yeah, I’ve contradicted myself. I’ve been reading lots of books that tell me that, for any statement, the opposite is also always true.

You’ve hosted a radio show for the BBC, directed videos, done a bit of acting, worked as an editor at Faber & Faber. Was there a point when you thought, “Maybe music isn’t the right job for me anymore”?

I wondered about that. But then the voice in my head wouldn’t give me any peace. I always felt, whilst doing these things, like I was cheating. I started work on this record maybe seven years ago. Then I was asked to play a concert in Reykjavik in 2017. I was going to turn it down, because I didn’t have a band, but the voice spoke to me again and said, Say yes. I had to learn to play the songs with a band and present them to an audience, and by doing that, finish them off.

The voice was telling you to get back to songwriting. But it sounds like there was another voice, telling you rock music is no place for a middle-aged man.

Oh, I’m always getting that voice. If an idea keeps coming back again and again, you have to go with it.

Thematically, “Beyond the Pale” sounds like the thoughts of a middle-aged man who was once at the center of cultural trends, no longer is and is trying to deal with that. Does that description resonate with you?

I have, in my previous musical incarnations, done pop music, which as a child was my fantasy. Like some kids dream about being a spaceman or a fireman, I thought about being a pop star. I achieved my childhood ambition and found that it didn’t give me what I hoped would come from that. To go back into making music again, I had to find a different focus.

The other thing that gets repeated through the record is an idea of going back to a basic, beginning state. The song “Must I Evolve?” came from reading a book, “The Mind in the Cave” [by David Lewis-Williams], which is about the dawn of human creativity — the first cave paintings — and an attempt to say what kind of mental change happened in Paleolithic man. Creativity is a fundamental part of being human. I guess I was trying to tap into that.

So if being a pop star is no longer appealing, what new motivation did you find?

I’ve not climbed a mountain. I haven’t discovered a new species of plant. But a song is an adventure you can have with yourself.

I should’ve known all this, really. When I went to college in London, to St. Martin’s [School of Art], I wrote a thesis about outsider artists. And then I made a TV series for Channel Four in the U.K., traveling around to speak with outsider artists. There’s a guy called Leonard Knight who built Salvation Mountain, a big, kind of psychedelic mound in the Salton Sea. There was also a guy in France who covered his house in broken crockery.

My question was always, “Why did you make this?” And they never had an answer, which was frustrating. But eventually it clicked. It had never crossed their minds to ask why. They got so much pleasure that they couldn’t stop.

Your new album is seven songs.

So many good albums are: “Fun House” by the Stooges. “Aja” by Steely Dan. There’s more than you’d think.

Is putting out only seven songs an acknowledgment that the album is dead?

No! Because I care about albums. I never made the flip to digital. I would never say, “We’re working on a new CD at the moment.” A vinyl album is the perfect form for listening to music. A side of a record, 18 to 20 minutes, is perfect. A CD, with 15 or 16 songs, is too much time. Half the day’s gone if you listen to it.

When you went to St. Martin’s, Pulp had already made two albums. Why did you put off the dream of being a pop star to attend college?

We were deeply unsuccessful. What happened was, Pulp were offered a John Peel session [for the BBC in 1981]. I’d listened religiously to John Peel from the age of 13. That was like heaven. OK! Pop stardom is just around the corner.

Right there, I decided I wasn’t going to college. I’d got a place at Liverpool University, to read English, and I deferred it. But the rest of the band, their parents were strict, so they had to go to college. The band disappeared. I was on my own in Sheffield. Pop stardom wasn’t around the corner.

Lots of people in Sheffield were joining a charismatic Christian cult. The city was falling apart, all the industries closed down, and I thought, if I don’t get out soon, I’ll end up in that cult like everybody else.

I’d been buying stuff from jumble sales, where people take unwanted clothes and household items to a church hall. I bought an old Super 8 camera and started making little films. I applied to St. Martin’s, and that was my escape.

“I’ve not climbed a mountain. I haven’t discovered a new species of plant. But a song is an adventure you can have with yourself."
Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

So when you started at St. Martin’s, you thought Pulp was finished?

Yes, I thought, bands are over, filmmaking is in. But again, the voice was still there. Steve Mackey, who became the bass player in the band, moved down from Sheffield to London, and said, if you want to play concerts, I’ll do it. The first two years, maybe we played one concert. Then toward the end of college, we got asked to play, and suddenly, people clapped. [laughs] It was like, wow, what’s happened?

Will Jarv Is … play any Pulp songs in concert, when concerts return?

We’ve done “His ’n’ Hers,” which is a pretty obscure song. We might do a couple more of the same level of obscurity. I wouldn’t want to play the ones that are really well known, because, um, I’m really mean.

No, the sound of those songs is a product of all five people in the band, attempting to stay in time with each other. It wouldn’t feel right to play “Common People,” or something like that.

In 1996, you infamously climbed onstage during Michael Jackson’s performance at the Brit Awards in order to, you said, protest the way Jackson “sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing.” Did you watch “Leaving Neverland,” the recent documentary about two men who say they were sexually abused, as children, by Jackson?

I kind of purposely didn’t watch it. You know, that incident happened and changed my life forever, because of the fallout.

Do you mean negative fallout?

In the U.K., suddenly, I was crazily recognized and I couldn’t go out anymore. It tipped me into a level of celebrity I couldn’t ever have known existed, and wasn’t equipped for. It had a massive, generally detrimental effect on my mental health.

I was saved by David Bowie. There was an accusation that I’d knocked some kids off the stage. I’d been arrested. The only footage that’d been released was like a CCTV camera, and you couldn’t see what was happening. That year, David Bowie was getting a lifetime achievement award, and he had his own camera crew there. After two or three days, they released their footage, and then the charges were dropped straight away. Among many other things I’m grateful to David Bowie for, that was amazing.

There are a few lyrics on the new record that made me laugh out loud.

[Raises arms in triumph] Good. Humor is important to me, as a way of dealing with life and making it bearable.

“A vinyl album is the perfect form for listening to music,” Cocker said. “A side of a record, 18 to 20 minutes, is perfect.”
Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

One lyric, in “Swanky Modes,” was “Some still scoring cocaine/Some laid up with back pain.” That’s the one that made me think it’s an album about being middle-aged.

Especially when you come from a musical background, you hang out with people who don’t look after their health like they should. You have a group of friends, and as time goes on, some people keep drinking, some people stop drinking, some get into yoga. That’s what that song is trying to get at.

Some people make it through life and some don’t. That’s horrible. I know people laid up with back pain. Unfortunately, I know one or two people still scoring cocaine. [laughs] Those two things are both pretty tragic.

You appear to have the same waist size you did 25 years ago.

You say the nicest things.

Are you naturally thin, or do you have to work at it?

I’m not as thin as I was. I do exercise occasionally. Sometimes a bit of Pilates, a bit of yoga, a rowing machine. Don’t want to be laid up with back pain.

Given all your other media enterprises, how committed are you to music?

Without wanting to sound dramatic, I feel like it’s my calling. Even just the way I remember events, it always, like, What was in the charts at that time? I make connections to songs. If I’m running for a bus, I’ll probably be going [sings to the tune of Bryan Adams’s “Run to You”], “I’m gonna run for you.” I always have a song going through my head to the activity I’m doing. I accept the fact that that’s my thing.

Pulp hasn’t performed since 2012. Do you get information about how much money you’ve been offered for a reunion, or have you told your agents to not even mention it?

I might’ve said, “Don’t mention it to me unless it’s above a certain amount.” [laughs] There might be a reason why it would be a good idea, but I was very happy with our reunion shows. Why risk spoiling that? In five years, I might not say the same thing.

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The origins of psychiatric diagnoses – James Davies

Ever struggled with a psychiatric diagnoses given to you?

Ever been curios about where mental illness categories come from?

ever been curious about the process by which came about a way of categorizing, talking about and thinking about human struggle and human distress?

Curious about the power that the language of mental illness holds our our lives, our discourse about human and response to human struggle?

James Davies tells the story of how he went about uncovering just how the compendium of mental disorders -DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)- was generated and the rational for the approach

“Agreement does not constitute scientific proof”.

Voting is not science.

Evidence of a majority vote in a committee of nine to twelve people in the minutes of that committee is evidence of how the members of that committee voted. It does does not by any stretch qualify as “scientific evidence”.

When James Davies went to talk with Robert Spitzer, who headed the task force of nine people driving the project to great the new diagnostic system, he asked Spritzer…

“what led you to believe you could do it this way?”

Robert Spitzer:  “Because we could”.

Not evidence of evil or evil intent, and for sure not evidence of any science or even science-y-ness, but it is the language used and the very way of thinking found at the root of all evils perpetrated and imposed by the institutions and structures we create.

How can we participate unknowingly in systems of oppression?
Because relying on our unknowingly participating and our willingness to not question and to just-go-along-with the orthodoxy is exactly how systems of oppression do work.

James Davies…

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We have had enough – Michael Jordan

I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.
I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration.
I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism
and violence toward people of color in our country.
We have had enough.

– Michael Jordan

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