“What comes around comes back around”—Benny Bridge
Orbit press makes short books with musical themes.
When I was thinking about going to graduate school in education to better understand urban schools and why they fail so many young people, i applied to Stanfors and to my surprise I got it. I attended admitted student at weekend and on of the professors said unless you go to Harvard or Stanford you may as well go get your hack license and start driving a cab because that’s what you’re going to be doing with a PhD in education. Well it turns out you don’t need a hack license to drive for Lyft or grill hotdogs, pour beer, wash dishes, clean apartments, take care of plants, sweep, move, haul trash, rake leaves or any of the other jobs that I’ve done since graduating with a PhD from Stanford. And you most certainly dont need a PhD, a apt acronym for Permanet Head Damage.
I applied to to many jobs in teaching, research, consulting, and college administration. I wanted to work again with young people like those I once taught Inc brooklyn. Kids who are REAl.
well, I didn’t get any offers, so I sold my apartment no longer able to make the mortgage payments and I moved back west to seattle, which was once home and is again for the present at least.
In the previous two years I uprooted my life twice to start over again to follow my dream of being an independent artist. I left Oakland and went back to New York and then moved to Seattle via Portland.
I have often struggled with depression, and being aware of my mind states and my interactions, I knew I needed to do something to keep growing, to keep unfolding into what I already am, this essence or soul or spirit or force or energy or whatever you choose to call it is ineffable, it is the force that blows the wind and makes the waves, yet you can’t see it so you think it’s not there.
I do that through music, stories and art.
I created ORBIT PRESS, an outlet for my stories and drawings. These are short books that can be read quickly in a sitting or two or savored over a few bus rides across town. They are small enough to fit in your back pocket and are full of crazy wisdom. I think of them as spiritual comedies, but you will make up your own mind.
The first title, The Art of Skin Kazoo is the story of an ancient practice that holds the secret of the universe. A hopeless Bingle meets Dr. Mooler Boonder and acheives liberation through self-expression on his skin kazoo, in a powerful supermarket debut.
WHAT REAL PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT ART OF SKIN KAZOO
“Genius!” —Alan, New York City
”It was funny, but I was really trying to understand the philosophy. It’s a powerful allegory and I feel like I’ve just made friends with someone who has written a cult classic.” —Arun, Salt Lake, Utah
”I loved Skin Kazoo!.”
—-RAINER, New York City
”Yo, Skin Kazoo is hilarious. It helped me too with me singing. I care less about what people think. Besides even God don’t mind no wrong notes sometimes.”
—Sunny, Oakland, California