“Now What?” by Michael Brownstein

Now that I’ve figured out my life is a dream
Now what?
Now that I know I’ll be gone soon
My time on this planet drawing to a close
Now what?
What really matters to me?
Cause I don’t give a fuck about the Tribeca Film Festival
While so many plants and animals are disappearing
And I don’t give a fuck about Obama vs. Whomever
While the world’s third largest dam is being built in Brazil
Obliterating tribal cultures like a tsunami
Making the world safe for soybeans
And I don’t give a fuck about the new iPad
Or the hundreds of millions of people
Posting snapshots of themselves on Facebook
While the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Turns a collection of plastic junk the size of Texas
Into tiny pellets ingested by the smaller fish out there
Which then are eaten by the larger fish
Caught in the nets of endless floating factories
Looking to satisfy the worldwide hunger for sushi
I turn my face away from this dumbshow and ask myself
Now what?
Now that I’ve figured out this life is a dream
The world as we know it a flash in the pan
Fool’s gold
Now that I understand
Now what?

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I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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