full of interesting, fun, strange, inspiring, wonderful, and otherwise relevant dreamstuff

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kit Kat's Message

From Hudson Hawk, the 1991 movie starring Bruce Willis as Hudson Hawk, the famous cat burglar who is, upon his release from his "hard time," blackmailed into performing a series of burglaries, and meets a strange and quirky group of criminals named after candy bars, one of them named Kit Kat, who on their first meeting gives Hudson this message:


Thursday, December 23, 2010

The State that I am In

An interesting dream-sequence-esque video mixed with live footage from Belle & Sebastian. From their album,Tigermilk, here is "The State that I am In."

"I was puzzled by a dream, it stayed with me all day in 1995..."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


It's plain to see the sun won't shine today
But I ain't in the mood for sunshine anyway
Maybe I'll go insane
I got to stop the pain
Or maybe I'll go down to see Kathleen.

A swallow comes and tells me of her dreams
She says she'd like to know just what they mean.
I feel like I could die
as I watch her flying by
Ride the north wind down to see Kathleen.

Stars hang high above, the oceans roar
the moon is come to lead me to her door
There's crystal across the sand
And waves, they take my hand.
Soon I'm gonna see my sweet Kathleen.

Soon I'm gonna see my sweet Kathleen.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dreams of those with Down Syndrome

A video from the National Down Syndrome Society...


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Love You More," Trespassers William

"All of my songs are for you, all of my songs are sad. Whenever you wake at night, you say that all of your dreams are bad... Give me your tightest arm, give me an 'I love you,' I'll stay awake all night and blow your darker thoughts far from you."

Sound advice from Mark Twain

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowliness. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Exerpt from Sea Glass

"What do you dream about, Quillen McDermott?"
The question is so unexpected and so direct that for a moment McDermott cannot answer.
"No fair thinking about it," she says. "You have to answer right away."
"Whose rules are these?" he asks, stalling for time.
"My rules, of course." She smiles, crinkling the few wrinkles at the sides of her eyes.
"Don't remember my dreams," he says.
"I don't believe you."
"Why not?"
"I think you're a deep one."

-Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve

Thursday, December 2, 2010

To Dreamers Everywhere

To Dreamers Everywhere

And if your own and time betray you

If all you hoped and wrought for does

not come,

Why should that dismay you?

Why should creeping doubt benumb

The leaping pulses of your will?

Have patience and be strong.

Seems your waiting long?

One has waited longer, who is waiting


-Amelia Josephine Burr.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

16, Maybe Less

"Call it predictable, yesterday my dream was of you."

-Iron and Wine and Calexico
from the album In the Reins

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dedication from The Passage

The dedication from Justin Cronin's 2010 novel, The Passage, is simple. It reads "For my children. No bad dreams."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jealous Guy

"I was dreaming of the past... and my heart was beating fast... I began to lose control. I didn't mean to hurt you. I'm sorry that I made you cry... I'm just a jealous guy." 

One of John Lennon's most famous solo songs, it was the first that I recognized as his own as a young girl. The melody and supportive bass bring tears to my eyes, and the lyrics weigh heavily on the soul. A beautiful, complete work of art in all ways, please listen to John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," here with footage from John's life. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way."

Robert Kiyosaki

Thursday, July 29, 2010

...The World Will Live as One

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.  I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.  -John Lennon

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

'Neverwhere' Dream Sequence

He is somewhere deep beneath the ground: in a tunnel, perhaps, or a sewer. Light comes in flickers, defining the darkness, not dispelling it. He is not alone. There are other people walking beside him, although he cannot see their faces. They are running, now, through the inside of the sewer, splashing through the mud and filth. Droplets of water fall slowly through the air, crystal clear in the darkness.

He turns a corner, and the beast is waiting for him.

It is huge. It fills the space of the sewer: massive head down, bristled body and breath steaming in the chill of the air. Some kind of boar, he thinks at first, and then realizes that no boar could be so huge. It is the size of a bull, of a tiger, of an ox.

It stares at him, and it pauses for a hundred years, while he lifts his spear. He glances at his hand, holding the spear, and observes that it is not his hand: the arm is furred with dark hair, the nails are almost claws.

And then the beast charges.

He throws his spear, but it is already too late, and he feels the beast slice his side with razor-sharp tusks, feels his life slip away into the mud: and he realizes he has fallen face down into the water, which crimsons in thick swirls of suffocating blood. And he tries to scream, he tries to wake up, but he can breathe only mud and blood and water, he can feel only pain...

"Bad dream?" asked the girl. 

-Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Martha's Dream, from The Proposition

An amateur video accompanying the song, "Martha's Dream," by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis which is from The Proposition, a film set in the Australian outback which was also written by Nick Cave. The video features stills of the Australian outback and other images related to the setting of the movie. 

See below the video for the transcription of the erie dream Martha describes to her husband, Morris that gives the song not only its title, but also, its mood.

"There's something I want to tell you. I've been having a dream, most nights. I've kept it from you, but I don't suppose it matters now... I'm in a room, it's our bedroom I think. I'm searching for something and then suddenly I feel a presence in the room, and I stand up, and I turn around, and there in the doorway is Eliza Hopkins, and she looks frightful. Her...her dress is all creased and torn, and covered in blood and her face, too. All... battered and bruised, and splashed with blood."


"But listen to this. In her arms, she's holding something. I can't see what it is. It's covered by her hair. And then she walks towards me, very slowly, and... she hands me a tiny bundle... And I look down, and I see it, it's a baby. A newborn. And this baby, oh it's a beautiful baby, Morris. And it, it opens its eyes, and then I feel a pressure on my hand and I look down and I see that the baby has taken hold of my finger and it's squeezing it tight in its tiny fist... and then I wake up.

"But after I wake it's the strangest thing. I can still feel, I can still feel the pressure of that dream baby's hand. What do you think of that?"

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Keep Though Thy Dreams!

Keep though Thy dreams! The tissue of all wings is woven first of them. 
Dreams are such precious and imperishable things. -Anon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fleetwood Mac: Dreams

"It's only me who wants to wrap around your dreams and 
have you any dreams you'd like to sell?
Dreams of Loneliness like a heartbeat, drives you mad"

full lyrics

You Who Have Dreams, a poem by Mildred Cousens

You Who Have Dreams

The ocean's width is but a wing's bright span,
Islands are stepping stones to continents;
Desert and jungle cannot hinder man,
While mountains hardly constitute a fence.

Only the mind disdains to leave its cell,
To ride the wind, to telescope the miles;
The snail-like soul clings to its narrow shell
And keeps on crawling in familliar aisles.

You who have dreams of human brother-hood,
The time has come for you to teach us how
To have the faith so little understood--
For all the living world is neighbor now.

-Mildred Cousens

Thursday, June 24, 2010

While they Last

"Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life?"
-Henry Havelock Ellis, British Sexologist, Physician and Social Reformer

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Issue #3 has arrived!

After much technical difficulty, laboring, and other setbacks involving those behind the dreamzine, we are now able to present to you the latest creation from The Land of Nod...!

But first, a few humble notes about its presence before you continue to view it:

Please be aware that this is the first issue with adult content, language, and violence. See the disclaimer for further explanation. Do not show this one to your kids!

And wow, please note that the site has a *completely* *new* *look*. Our fabulous webmaster has created a wonderful new design that contains striking new imagery and a smart layout... among other things! 

As usual, we have new contributors and a variety of submissions! 

So please do stop by...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Want to Dream Lucidly?

Follow this link to an interesting article about lucid dreaming from New Scientist magazine: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627640.900-want-to-find-your-mind-learn-to-direct-your-dreams.html

Friday, June 18, 2010

John Lennon: Surreal and Artistic

I dream in colour, and it’s always very surreal.  My dream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali.  I love it, I look forward to it every night.  -John Lennon

Art of H. Bosch
Dali Gallery

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Paul McCartney's Top 10 Dream

Did you know that Paul McCartney created one of the world's most famous songs, "Yesterday," in a dream? It's true! He awoke with the melody in his head, wrote it out immediately, and played it for various people, certain that he must have heard it somewhere before, that it was someone else's song. 

But no matter who he played the song for, they told him they had never heard it before. He wrote out some lyrics, (originally "Scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs") recorded it, and now the song is world-famous!

How's that for a good dream!? 

Paul performs the song here: 

(More information at the Wikipedia article, here)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sian's Nightmares

It was true that ever since the accident in Bosnia, Sian's dreams had treated her pretty roughly. For years on end she'd had her 'standard-issue' nightmare- the one in which she was chased through dark alleyways by a malevolent car. But at least in that dream she'd always wake up just before she fell beneath the wells, whisked to the safety of the waking world, still flailing under the tangled sheets and blankets of her bed. Ever since she'd moved to Whitby, however, her dreams had lost what little good taste they'd once had, and now Sian was lucky if she got out of them alive. -The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps, Michel Faber

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Daydream Believer

A sweet tune and silly video from The Monkees doing one of their most famous songs, Daydream Believer. Enjoy! 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Responses from the Chocolate Factory

From the 1971 film adaptation of the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (based on 1964 publication Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by popular author Roald Dahl) comes a scene in which bratty rich girl Veruca Salt gets an answer from wacky candy creator Willy Wonka...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

from The Book of Lost Things

David was certain that he had been dreaming, although he could not quite recall the substance of the dream. Of one thing he was sure: the dream had not been a pleasant one, but all that remained was a lingering feeling of unease and a tingling on the palm of his right hand, as though it had been stroked with poison ivy. There was the same sensation on the side of his face, and he could not shake off the feeling that something unpleasant had touched him while he was lost to the world. -The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things is very enjoyable:s dark, exciting, full of fantasy. John Connolly writes in a style that is easily absorbed, engrossing; it reads quick and is entertaining throughout. David, the main character, is a young boy surrounded by adult things: the depressing reality of war (World War I), and the mourning supreme the loss of his mother to a Cancer. When he accidentally discovers an alternate world, he starts an adventure which is terrifying and forces him to grow up much faster than a boy should. 

In this world his courage and strength, and in the end, his morals, are repeatedly tested. His travels take him all over, meeting various characters; some friends, some foes, including a few from famous fairy tales, but many are new faces. He is seeking the king, and his infamous Book of Lost Things, which is said to hold magical powers, as well as the way back to David's true home-- however, he must avoid The Crooked Man, the trickster, a creepy character with unspeakable evil powers. The book is a success with an ending that is abrupt, somewhat emotional, and unpredictable. 

The Book of Lost Things has its own internet presence; it's clever and fun- check it out here!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dreams = Darwinism?

Interpretation of dream research by Cognitive Neuroscientist Antti Revonuso from the University of Turku in Finland supports the likely theory that dreams developed in mammals as a means to rehearse survival tactics, such as escaping the chase of a predator (a common dream among people of all cultures and genders even today), and that those who were best able to survive these mental, sleeping rehearsals were most likely to survive in waking actuality.  In other words, people who were the "best dreamers" were also the people who were most fit for survival (and pass their skills on to their descendants). Tell that to dreaming nay-sayers! [Source: The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock]

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" by She & Him

For those in Chicago who were able to catch She & Him perform for free this evening, here is a small encore. For all others who missed out, watch this pale substitution. A rendition of the popular song, made famous by various musical talents, notably "Mama" Cass Elliot and Ella Fitzgerald. This is "Dream a Little Dream of Me" as performed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, otherwise known as She & Him:

Go Confidently

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Don't Dream it's Over" - Crowded House

It's a drizzy day out there. How about a little retro reminiscence? It's Crowded House's "Don't Dream it's Over" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCqsG1t7RoU

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dreams for Sale

Stalls had been set up all throughout the shop, next to, or even on, counters that, during the day, had sold perfume, or watches, or amber, or silk scarves. Everybody was buying. Everybody was selling. Richard listened to the market cries as he began to wander through the crowds. "Lovely fresh dreams. First-class nightmares. We got 'em. Get yer lovely nightmares here."

-Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Squirrels in Human Form

Martin dreamed he was on the underground.  It was a Circle-line train, the sort of carriage where all the seats face the aisle.  At first he was the only passenger, but soon people began to get on, and he found himself staring at his knees to avoid looking at the crotch of the man crowded against him.  He wasn’t sure what station he was supposed to get off at; since it was the Circle line they would all come round again and again, so he stayed where he was, trying to remember where he was going.

Martin heard peculiar noises coming from the seats directly across from him—crunching, ripping, chewing sounds, which increased in volume as the train went on.  Martin began to be anxious—the sounds worked on his nerves like grinding teeth.  Something rolled up against his foot.  He looked down.  It was a walnut.

The train stopped at Monument and quite a few people got off.  Now he could see across the aisle.  Two young women sat together.  They wore scuffed white trainers and medial scrubs, and each had a shopping bag resting on her lap.  Both women had protruding eyes and pronounced overbites.  They wore wary expressions, as though prepared to defend their bags against thieves.  Both women delved into the bags with shovel-like hands, scooping out walnuts and ripping them open with their huge teeth.

“Wotchalookin’ at?” said one to Martin.  He could hear walnuts rolling all over the floor.  No one else seemed to notice.  Martin shook his head, unable to speak.  To his horror, the women got up and seated themselves on either side of him.  The one who had spoken before leaned over and put her mouth to his ear.

“We’re squirrels in human form,” she whispered. “And so are you.”         

Sunday, May 30, 2010

What a Day for a Daydream!

What a day for a daydream! 

With the beautiful beginnings of summer all around us, it is only appropriate to watch this short video; the idleness and pure enjoyment can be expressed by this fun and carefree song. 

"Daydream" by The Lovin' Spoonful was originally released in 1966 and reached the Billboard no. 2 position that year. Although it is 44 years old, this song still expresses the light mood of a gorgeous summer day. Without further ado, enjoy "Daydream"

(P.S. Don't forget to send over your submissions for This Endless Present Issue #3- Monday May 30; Midnight)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Can You Put a Price on Your Dreams?: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus: a very dreamy film, dealing with imagination and, what else but dreams themselves! The Imaginarium is a creation, a mobile unit belonging to the title character (Dr. Parnassus) in which one enters literally the world of his or her imagination, a waking-dream, if you will... It is dangerous to bring your plus one with you, however, for two simultaneous imaginations creates competition and... well, we all dream alone normally anyway...

This brief scene, featuring the beginning of Tony's (Heath Ledger) speech in which he attempts to persuade audience members to donate money to the crew members and enter the Imaginarium; it demonstrates the perception that the experience of dreaming offers priceless benefits.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Five Day Reminder (for issue #3)

( to issue #3; the upcoming issue ) 
of  T h i s  E n d l e s s  P r e s e n t 
D R E A M z i n e - - - - - - - - - - -
send them in while there's still time! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Meaning of Life

It's incredibly draining to live through the day doing something you really don't enjoy or even care about.  But if you follow your dreams, at least you will exhaust yourself doing what you love most. Now, you may not think that this will measure up to much in the global scheme of things. But believe me it does. When you get the most out of your life, savoring every last drop, it will transform everything about you from ordinary to extraordinary. When you do what you love, you can pull back the bed sheets every morning feeling excited about beginning another day, and you'll be filled with a heartfelt joy that is highly contagious... But best of all, ...you will inspire someone to go after their dreams, and that, my friend, is how you change the world! -Bradley Trevor Greive, The Meaning of Life

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Are You a Dreamer? (Waking Life)

This is a short scene from Waking Life, an animated film in which a man goes through a dream meeting various people and having thought-provoking conversations.  It is, indeed, quite thought-provoking, isn't it?...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yesterday is a Dream; Sanskrit Proverb

"Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day." -Sanskrit Proverb

Monday, May 17, 2010

Keane's "Bad Dream"

 Enjoy a wisteria-loaded power pop ballad about dreams, the kind nobody wants to have.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Dream is Not...

A dream is not a story, not a movie or text or a theater play.  A dream is a happening in space, an articulation of space. -Robert Bosnak, A Little Course in Dreams

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It was a strange dream, she said

It was a strange
dream, she said

& I don't
remember a thing
except it kept
my attention the
whole time.

-Brian Andreas, from Strange Dreams: Collected Stories & Drawings

For Those Who Say They Do Not Dream: REM and Dream Progress

A fact about dreaming that shows This Endless Present is a good outlet for everybody!  It is taken from The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock.  Show this to people who claim they do not dream!

"...Experimenters proved that even those who claim not to dream do in fact concoct dream scenarios throughout the night.  If awakened while REM is still in progress, subjects remember their dreams, but if they are awakened several minutes after REM has ended, the memory of the dream typically vanishes."

Monday, May 10, 2010

John McCauley's "Goodnight, Irene"

"Goodnight, Irene," a song written in the 19th Century (alternatively known as "Irene, Goodnight,") has been recorded in many versions by various artists.  Most recently, it appeared on Deer Tick's "Born on Flag Day" album as the hidden track following the song, "Stung," and moments of silence.  

Here is a video of John McCauley (Deer Tick's frontman) doing a solo live performance, in which the lighting is so dim the title of the song seems quite appropriate.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Being Alive = Infinite Potential

"You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished." -Silas, The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

Monday, May 3, 2010

Reminder for I#3 & C.G. Jung

Just a reminder to all of you out there in dreamland and wherever else you may be that submissions for the third issue are due at the end of this month. (May 31st, at midnight.)  You can do it!  And another note to enforce your creativity:

"A great work of art is like a dream; for all its apparent obviousness, it does not explain itself and is always ambiguous." -C.G. Jung, Collected Works

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This Endless Present's Dream Compilation Album

Yes, dear dreamers, it is true... This Endless Present (dreamzine) is currently accepting submissions for its first dream compilation album.  This project will feature a selection of original music created by *you* and artwork created by *you*, and promises, therefore, to be extra wonderful!

Please email thisendlesspresent@gmail.com with any questions, and remember to have fun with this!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Free Energy: "Dream City"

This song, "Dream City," has an amazing vibe, and if Free Energy had created an official video for the track, that is what would be featured here.  However, behold instead a live performance with the boys shrouded in a red glow.  The sound quality is quite decent, and if this is your first exposure to the group, you will be given a fair example; please, whether or not you find yourself tapping your foot to the beat, do yourself a favor and seek out the original recording, with its improved distorted guitar and happy beats.

Of course this song is about dreams... Songs this happy usually are! :D

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whatever you can do, or dream you can...

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now." -Goethe

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Dream'd in a Dream by Walt Whitman

I dream'd in a dream
I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the
whole of the rest of the earth,
I dream'd that was the new city of Friends,
Nothing was greater there
than the quality of robust love, it led the rest,
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
And in all their looks and words.

-Walt Whitman

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Dark is Rising

"The Dark is Rising," is the first track and single off Mercury Rev's 2001 release All is Dream.   The lyrics are very dream-centric, and emotional, and these, being emitted in Jonathan Donahue's voice, along with the orchestral crescendos and simple strings, give the song its powerful mood.  The video has quite a bit to offer in that way as well, with its combination of dark and bright colors, fast-paced nature scenes and even the integration of some surprising steampunk, it is a very dreamy four minutes (and perfect Springtime music)! 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland aligns with This Endless Present...

["Oh, I've had such a curious dream!" said Alice.  And she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said "It was a curious dream, dear, certainly; but now run in to your tea: it's getting late."  So Alice got up and ran off, thinking while she ran, as well she might, what a wonderful dream it had been.]

-Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

If you have not yet been exposed to the classic children's book by Lewis Carroll (a nom de plume of English writer Charles Dodgson) entitled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (often accompanied by its sequel, Through the Looking-Gass), it is, indeed, highly recommend by yours truly that you change that.  The version quoted above is the Barnes & Nobles Classics, with introduction and notes by Tan Lin (ISBN 9781593080150); it comes complete with reproductions of the original artwork done by the artist selected by Carroll, John Tenniel, which are, of course, Victorian masterpieces in themselves. 

This amazing and inventive story has been acted and altered countless times since its publication in 1865, but no matter what attempts are made to recreate the fictional realm of Wonderland, none around Alice seem to understand the reality of the world she has visited upon her explaination, of the place we, as readers and observers, have experienced, but those around her believe to be a creation of dream. 

Perhaps you have experienced a similar scenario when recounting a dream sequence to another individual; emotions feel heartwrenchingly strong, the imagery vividly burned into your eyes to an extent that you could not cool it, some mysterious music or a bloodthinning scream pierced your veins and you had never been so glad to awaken...

This Endless Present: Dreamzine is the place for you, dear dreamers.  It is your playground.  Come in and stay awhile...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"In dreams begins responsibility." -William Butler Yeats

Hulu's got Ink

Hulu can be a great resource for anyone who doesn't own a television or other electronic equipment.  (I have watched the entire catalog of "Lost" via Hulu... but that is another story...)  Often I will come across films that I would never have heard of without it.  One such film is Ink, a science fiction film in which good and evil battle during our dreams for our souls.  An interesting concept, and personified execution.  Check it out here: Hulu's Ink.

Monday, April 12, 2010

IASD, Art Contest 2010

Making art from your dreams, as This Endless Present Dreamzine encourages you to, can have a double reward!  The International Association for the Study of Dreaming has an annual conference, this year held in Ashville, North Carolina, June 27-July 1.   Not only is this an extremely interesting event for those of us interested in dreaming, but additionally, part of the conference includes an art contest for art inspired by dreams!

I encourage you to submit art to this contest, as this is a great opportunity to get your name and your art out into the world; also, the cash prizes wouldn't hurt... :)

Find more information here as soon as possible for more information about the contest, as the submission deadline is approaching quickly.  And please, remember your roots by mentioning the zine and url, and of course, by submitting your art to This Endless Present Dreamzine, too! 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Priscilla Ahn's Dream

This is a lovely song that I came across recently, pretty perfect for Sunday night.  Enjoy...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Zen Koan #40: In Dreamland

Zen Koans are familiar to practicioners of Zen Buddhism; they are very short stories involving a riddle with a deeper meaning that cannot be obtained via logic or rational thinking.  Often the solution is realized through intuition, stemming from meditation or thought. 

There are more than a hundred Koans in Zen Buddhism, originally conceived and written in Chinese.  The fortieth Koan has the translated title "In Dreamland," and is below, as translated by a Japanese teacher named Muju in the thirteenth century.  

To follow the Zen approach, I will not comment any further.  Enjoy. 

(40)  In Dreamland

"Our schoolmaster used to take a nap every afternoon," related a disciple of Soyen Shaku. "We children asked him why he did it and he told us: 'I go to dreamland to meet the old sages just as Confucius did.' When Confucius slept, he would dream of ancient sages and later tell his followers about them. 

"It was extremely hot one day so some of us took a nap. Our schoolmaster scolded us. 'We went to dreamland to meet the ancient sages the same as Confucius did,' we explained. 'What was the message from those sages?' our schoolmaster demanded. One of us replied: 'We went to dreamland and met the sages and asked them if our schoolmaster came there every afternoon, but they said they had never seen any such fellow.'"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Joseph Heller on Dreams

"I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long." 

-Joseph Heller

Monday, April 5, 2010

Live Your DREAM Life

I wouldn't categorize myself as a "fan" of Deepak Chopra, as being a fanatic over something or especially someone is almost indicative of having a lack of self-definition, and generally something I try to avoid.  I could allow being referred to as a habituĂ© of his Agni website, however, where this month the feature is "Living your DREAM Life." Here is an acrostical preview of what the lifestyle revolves around: 


I found it more than mildly appropriate to make a referral to it.  Not only did Mr. Chopra use a parallel name to this dreamzine project, this endless present, but the ideas behind it are very integral to living the ideal, balanced life that allows one's dreams to be fully functional.  Therefore, I am giving you the aforementioned  referral to his Agni website; found here.

I'd also like to highlight the fact that next Wednesday, April 14, at 14:00 (PST) they are offering a free Live Your Dream Life webinar.  Check out the website for full details from a spiritual & well-being guru who wants you to live the life of your DREAMs.  

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lady Gaga Does Dreams

"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore." 

-Lady Gaga


I came across this quote by the self-proclaimed Lady Gaga, which I am passing on for a few reasons.  Most relevant to the dreamzine is that it serves as a reminder to all of us; dreams are not only a jumbled, often confusing, nightly occurrence-- we should not forget about the other types of dreams; those desires which drive our soul. Yes, she may have placed a somewhat cynical slant on it, but the message is still the same: we need to nurture them, follow them, and understand that when we do, we will end up exactly where we are meant to be. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Last Day Dream

I don't like to over-exaggerate anything, so in trying to keep my words about this short film simple and minimal, let me just say this... It is powerful, and I sincerely believe that it will change you.  At the very least, it will alter your mood.  Chris Milk did a fantastic job; he succeeded in pulling emotions to the surface in record time as well as making a dramatic point about life.  So give it the amazing 42 seconds of your life that it asks for, but give those 42 seconds your full attention.  And then you will not need to watch it again.  Its point will have been made.  

Monday, March 29, 2010

Realizing a Dream

"The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning." -Oprah Winfrey

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blood and Roses / Et mourir de plaisir

I love this dream sequence.  It is so well done and dream-like.  Reality is just a bit... off...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jeff Buckley / Dream Brother

This is an amazing song by Jeff Buckley.  An absolutely beautiful live performance!  The lights are dim and pastel, it's slightly smokey, and the audience is completely captivated.  No stray sounds, no rowdy behavior; it's just Jeff and his supporting musicians.  I love how calm he is; the music just pours out of him.  And listen to that voice!  There is no questioning this is what he was born to do.

More on him later...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

dive for dreams

dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind) 
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward) 
honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at the wedding) 
never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for good likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth) 
in spite of everything
which breathes and moves, since Doom
(with white longest hands
neating each crease)
will smooth entirely our minds 
-before leaving my room
i turn, and (stooping
through the morning) kiss
this pillow, dear
where our heads lived and were. 
-e.e. cummings  

Monday, March 22, 2010

Weezer's 1993 Dress Rehearsal

Weezer plays a track from their self-titled (blue) album, "Only in Dreams," during a 1993 dress rehearsal...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"What is life? A madness. 

What is life? An illusion; a shadow, a story. 

And the greatest good is little enough; 

For all life is a dream 

And dreams themselves, are only dreams." 

-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Roy Orbison gives us a dreamsong

A classic song with the theme of dreaming, and a dreamlike video to accompany it... Enjoy!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pee-Wee's Nightmare

So obviously not all dreams are pleasant. Take it from Pee-Wee Herman.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

dog dreams

dogs dream too! and it can be quite amusing...

(until they crash into the wall, that is)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

welcome to the world, issue #2!

with amazing new contributions, including dream sequences, poetry, song lyrics, an audio collage, dream fiction video, and more... issue #2 of everyone's favorite dreamzine is up and running!  check it out at www.thisendlesspresent.com,  share it with your friends, and keep the dreams alive!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"...Okay, what's the dream?"

Please watch this inspirational performance to see one woman's dream fulfilled, and witness the touching breakdown of a huge room's worth of prejudices right here :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


And now, enjoy a musical dream sequence from The Big Lebowski...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Some Crazy Cool Dreamzine Updates!!

There have been some exciting developments since the last update that I wanted to share with you all.

First of all, I wanted to mention that I have altered the submission rules... If you prefer not to have your name attached to a submission, you may state your preference to leave it "anonymous," and that will be respected.  This place is about open creativity, and I want all contributors to be comfortable.  If you have any suggestions for me, please do not hesitate.  I will consider anything; this project is still relatively new and the kinks are still being ironed out! 

As some of you know, there is a new Facebook page for This Endless Present.  Here you will find interesting links and videos and all things dream, as well as updates about the 'zine and events related to it...  Check it out and become a fan!  And for those of you who don't use Facebook, don't fret!  You still have access to most of the same content offered on the Facebook page through a different medium, the thisendlesspresent blog!  Follow us at http://thisendlesspresent.blogspot.com/ and use your RSS feed to get updates every time new content is added!

In other news, we have an official logo!  The Wonderful and Fabulous Jennie Johnson has created a very beautiful, very dreamy logo for us, which has been revealed already as the new Facebook page profile picture, and the rest of the world will see it soon enough!  Many many thanks to Jennie and her pursuit of the Library Science Master's, which has provided the opportunity for this design!

Issue #2 should be out on time... so please remember to send in your submissions by Sunday night (this Sunday night, February 28) by midnight.  if you can't make it for this issue, no worries!  Better late than never :) but of course you are invited to participate as much as you would like, so the more the merrier!

Issue #2 promises to be pretty amazing.  We've got all sorts of submissions in varying contents, and I think they will be highly enjoyed by everyone.  They are very inspiring and will hopefully spark some new ideas in all of us!  Very exciting stuff!

Also, I will be exhibiting at Chicago Zine Fest on March 13, from 10-5 at the Conaway Student Center at Columbia College, which is at the Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL.  Stop by to see me along with the editors of Dear Deer Wolf Bear Shark, Little Brother, and more than 60 other zinesters from Chicago and all over these here United States... and Canada!

Thank you all so very much for your interest and support! 

Dream Analyzation, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

My friend Carol had the following dream, at a time when her life felt like it was careening out of control:

She was a passenger on a bus.  Bruce Springsteen was driving.  Suddenly Springsteen pulled over, handed Carol the keys, and bolted.  In the dream, Carol was panicking.  How could she drive this huge rolling Greyhound?  By now all the passengers were staring.  Clearly no one else was gonna step forward and take charge.  Carol took the wheel.  To her amazement, she found she could handle it.

Later, analyzing the dream, she figured Bruce Springsteen was "The Boss."  The boss of her psyche.  The bus was the vehicle of her life.  The Boss was telling Carol it was time to take the wheel.  More than that, the dream, by actually setting her down in the driver's seat and letting her feel that she could control the vehicle on the road, was providing her with a simulator run, to prime her with the confidence that she could actually take command in her life.

A dream like that is real support.  It's a check you can cash when you sit down, alone, to do your work.

P.S. When your deeper Self delivers a dream like that, don't talk about it.  Don't dilute its power.  The dream is for you.  It's between you and your Muse.  Shut up and use it.

The only exception is, you may share it with another comrade-in-arms, if sharing it will help or encourage that comrade in his or her endeavors.

-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dream Submissions Due Feb. 28 for Issue #2

There is just a little less than a week left to get those issue #2 submissions in! (Yes, they are due Feb. 28 by midnight...)

As always, send them to thisendlesspresent (at) gmail (dot) com and be a part of the second issue!  It promises to be exciting!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Dream Equation, from The Science of Sleep

dreams = some random thoughts + reminiscences of the day + memories from the past + love, friendships, relationships, and all those 'ships + songs you heard during the day, things you saw + personal...  


Thursday, February 18, 2010

NY Times Investigates the Science Behind Dreams

Read an article on the science behind dreams here at tne NYTimes:



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Natural Artistry of Dreams

An inspirational and interesting resource for combining dreams and creativity (Thanks to Kirsten for the recommendation!), check out The Natural Artistry of Dreams by Jill Mellic! 


john lennon's #9 dream

a very influential man, a very beautiful song

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Don't forget

Don't forget to send submissions in by Feb 28 to be included in the March issue :)