Deja Vu outta Control

My updated review of Gary Lippman’s novel, Set the Controls for the Heart of Sharon Tate: 

Set the Controls for the Heart of Sharon Tate is a haunting mind trip through the carnival ride of obsession, fame, and objectification. A fanboy’s lifelong fixation on his one true love, Sharon Tate, brings him face-to-face with the horror and madness that drives a person to murder. Hilarious, twisted, terrifying, and tragic – Gary Lippman shatters cultural compulsion with celebrity by flipping the polarity of innocent infatuation to full-blown alienation and dehumanization. What a freak show!

@garylippmanofficial – thanks for the trip!

A few weeks ago, little after midway through the book, I had complete deja vu. The hairs on my arms prickled up and I felt like I was sliding through temporal/imaginal reality. No kidding, it was like I experienced the story/conversation before, even though the book is fiction and I am not a character.

Maybe I dreamed it? Maybe time is slipping? I’m off on some dimensional twist? The book is a time portal?

The trippy deja vu experience was so visceral I made a video. One of my friends texted me, “Are you ok?” I responded, “Trippin’ ballz! just kidding.” This experience is all drug-free.

I used to have three or four books going at a time when I lived in New York City and would often finish that many books each week. Subways and cafes are great places for reading. I used to think of books as palm-sized time machines – reading several books at once was like zigzagging across the universe! 

William S Burroughs felt similarly, he said collage and cut-up techniques were forms of time travel. 

For the last several months, I have been writing down my dreams every morning. I considered my dreams could be affecting the way I experience time.  Years ago, the most vivid dream I had connected with a current event was the Boxing Day Tsunami. I dreamt New York City was underwater, and only the tops of the tallest buildings were above water. I was in one of those tall buildings, living in the top few floors with other survivors. I was on the phone telling my mom about the dream when she asked if I’d heard about the tidal wave. I had not, but I distinctly remember momentarily seeing a wall of green-blue all around me. 

One of my friends, a Buddhist, suggested I might be reincarnated from 60s Hollywood – which may be why I was having such a strong response to the the story. She asked, “When did Sharon Tate die?” R.I.P. 1969. “Maybe there is a reason you have so much ambivalence toward fame.” Who knows? My friend’s suggestion made me feel a little creepy and dark – slightly spooked. 

I do love a good deja vu happening – but it has been a weird summer. Four years of Trump and an insurrection, the pandemic, massive forest fires and ashes falling from the sky (the day I filmed the video the air was full of smoke and ash) – it might be no wonder I’m feeling a little out of phase. 

How have you been experiencing time lately?

July 15, 2021
Flagstaff, AZ

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

3 thoughts on “Deja Vu outta Control

  1. Hm, well, here’s a thing. I don’t know nothing about no double deja vu dabblings of late, but I had to do a double dip take on your (lo-fi) sofa throws as I have a very similar looking set-up – what with the blue woollen blanket and the pale blue and white throw…
    Ace, as ever, H. Troy.
    Weirdsville, Penn Beacon xoxo

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    1. lol!

      I’m not surprised we have similar sofa throws – considering we have similar taste in music . . .

      I can only imagine the deja vu I’ll experience when I’m reading one of your books! That would be a time warp on ecstasy. I love your writing.

      Have an amazing day, Nick Nick!
      Peace – xo

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