This week we arrived at Newtown Radio as sunset was descending over Bushwick, and a mysterious blue and purple mist had started to fill the neighborhood. Feeling inexplicably sleepy, we stuck a little mugwort under the studio’s couch cushions, sprawled out on the floor, and immediately began to dream our way into Arthur Radio Voyage #15. We found ourselves in a lucid haze, lost in some kind of other-worldly superstore. Dancing our way down endless aisles of multicolored light bulbs, muffled music blaring happily over a faraway PA system, we reveled in the realization that dream worlds can feel every bit as real as waking life…
JULY 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
* Swaziland: Reed Dance Day
* Paris, France: Night Watch. Torchlight processions, bands in the street.
* England: St. Swithin’s Day: If it rains, it’ll rain for 40 days.
* Japan: Black Ship Festival commemorates Commodore Perry’s arrival in 1853.
ALSO ON JULY 15 IN HISTORY…
1381 — Peasants’ Revolt instigator John Ball dies, St. Albans, England.
1796 — Thomas Bulfinch, mythology man, born, Newton, Massachusetts.
1892 — Radical cultural theorist Walter Benjamin born, Berlin, Germany.