The “Catharsis” Edition :: Issue #187, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



So when they say we’re a cult, we reply that it’s a self-service cult, you wash your own brain.”

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #187 :: The “Catharsis” Edition :: 9:06:2018


Tap tap, tap, is this thing on? Hi, everyone!

Well, I wasn’t going to send out an issue this week because I’ve been at Burning Man. But, what the heck, I had some time/interest and decided to slap one together. (Yes, I know, it’s a day late.)

Soooo… this year’s Burn was hands down my best! I feel so jazzed by my experience this year. I’m really glad I went. It wasn’t too hot. The art was impressive as usual. I landed well. I had good times with good friends. I could go on and on but what really struck me was the Temple and its Burn.

The Temple is a place to say goodbye and its vibe cannot be fully explained in words. I believe it must be experienced in person to truly grok. People leave photos, altars, and other mementos, generally as a way to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed. People also scrawl messages all over the structure itself.

It’s generally quiet but sometimes you’ll hear people crying or even wailing. The energy is thick and solemn.

The Man itself burns on Saturday night. That’s a loud and raucous Burn.

When the Temple burns on Sunday night, the playa goes quiet.

Sunday was my last full day on playa and I was at camp when the Temple went up in flames. I had left some personal things in the massive volcano-like structure — some items from my past that I was ready to let go — and watching it all burn moved me to heavy tears. I wasn’t sad per se. It was more like a deep primal catharsis. I just stood there, with my hands on my hips, sobbing. Despite the waterworks, I felt strong in the moment. And, afterward, I felt euphoric.

This day will certainly be counted as one of the best of my whole life (and I’ve had some pretty good days, folks!).

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Be sure to take a gander at John Curley’s a-mazing photo of the Temple burning.

As seen on the Internets

It Came From the ’70s: The Story of Your Grandma’s Weird Couch” (That’s MY grandma’s weird couch, and me and my mom)

:: “Inside the Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, and Utterly Exhausting World of Cruise Performers

:: The Beautiful Book Of Exquisite Corpses
:: via

:: Photos of Salvador Dali at home in the 1950s

:: Michael Jackson really did voice that character on The Simpsons (which happened 27 years ago!)

:: Fictional View-Master reels

:: On the last Blockbuster: “I’m very proud to know that we’ve survived.”

:: Lea Redmond’s Curio Search Service

:: John Law on neon art

:: “Mall Pill Press Office Blood Park Mall”: shopping malls named by neural network
:: Thanks, Susan!

:: Professional piñata artist (and my friend!) Meaghan Kennedy on CBC Arts

:: The Elsewhere Philatelic Society (EPS) as described by SFGate (they did a good job!)

:: Important: Where to find squished penny machines Thanks, Joyce!

:: How Michael Jackson crafted “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

:: Brand New Roman: the “typeface of choice for the late-stage capitalist”

Real things you can actually buy: gray!


Keep clam and candy on: CLAMDY CANES, PEOPLE, CLAMDY CANES ($4.95)

Featured Events


Haute Trash

[NEVADA CITY, CA :: OCT 13-14] Haute Trash presents “Planet or Plastic?”: “Haute Trash is a social commentary satire, as it examines the wastefulness of the American culture and stresses the potential for recycling every day throw away items into one-of-a-kind fashions.” Thanks, Kathi!

Alameda, CA
[9/29] 13th Annual Parking Lot Sale at Forbidden Island, 2 PM to 7 PM

El Cerrito, CA
[9/15] Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Museum liquidation auction, 10 AM

Los Angeles, CA
[9/21] In Studio City on the 21st night of September, Allee Willis — the songwriter of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s hit “September” — will be bringing her show, Ba-De-Ya, Baby! (an “Oh So Kitschy Salute” to the song), Upstairs at Vitello’s Supper Club, 8 PM show, Tickets start at $35

[9/22] In Gardena, master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane will be teaching a class on subtractive sculpturing techniques so you can decorate your own gourds, 9 AM to 6 PM. $350

Oakland, CA
[9/9] Richie Rhombus Art Market at 2503 E. 16th Street:
All art : < 1$-1000$ >
Drawings, prints, art-books
MindMirror readings
Emotional services
Life wisdom and creative advice
Art ideation consultations
Maps to secret experiences
Tickets to special rendezvous’
Puppet shows, and rituals
Adventure trips to the unknown
Body experiments
Propose your own
things to do to me,
with me
for $ $ $

[9/28] Drawn Together at Children’s Fairyland, a “a magical grownups-only evening of live art-making, fixed-price art sale, music, food, and magical fun” 6 PM to 9 PM

[9/29] FIGMENT Oakland 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM

[10/21] East Bay Mini Maker Faire

[10/26] Extra Action 20th Anniversary Halloween Ball at The New Parish, 9 PM, Tickets

[12/8] 9th Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Omni Commons

San Francisco, CA
[Now through Halloween] San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour: I went! It was cool!

[10/13] Bikes to Books, San Francisco’s site-specific Literary Cycling tour, 1 PM to 4 PM

[11/7-10, 11/14-17] Hump! Film Festival 2018 (Portland, Seattle, and Olympia dates too)

[11/29] A John Waters Christmas at GAMH, 8 PM (other cities too!)

Know about a cool event and don’t see it here? Send me the info!


How to stop giving up on stupid dreams by Johan Deckmann

Johan Deckmann is an artist, author, and a psychotherapist. So naturally, he makes fictional self-help book covers, like the one above, and shares them on Instagram. I think they’re wonderful!

From his website: “These book titles, though often filled with scathing satire and humour, tackle life’s biggest questions, fears, and absurdities.”

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

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Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: Rusty Blazenhoff
Co-editors: Carolyn Anhalt & Joyce Slaton




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