All I Want for Christmas Is That People Stop Bashing John Lennon

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This story originally ran in Smashpipe on Dec. 24, 2015

By Tony Sokol

John Lennon has been dead for thirty five years, leave him alone. This is the first in a series of stories asking “when did the John Birch Society become mainstream?”

It’s the Christmas season and if you’re not feeling it yet, and you’re supposed to, maybe you’re just not listening to the right music. Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas to me when I was a kid, until I heard the Beatles Christmas messages that used to play on the radio, and were later collected onto Vinyl. You see. I was a Beatles baby, my first words were “yeah yeah yeah,” according to my mom and every year my parents bought me their albums or singles for Christmas. They bought it for themselves during the year.

Now, if you’re like me, which is unlikely in most cases, you…

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Andy Kaufman Is Alive, Well And Running For President As Donald Trump

This article originally ran in the Dec. 17, 2015 issue of Smashpipe. It was written by Jim Knipfel and Tony Sokol.   Legendary provocateur takes on his greatest challenge.   If it seems like the presidential race this year looks more like a wrestling match than a gubernatorial procedural, you're right. Andy Kaufman is back … Continue reading Andy Kaufman Is Alive, Well And Running For President As Donald Trump

Study Finds Buddhist Compassion Is Contagious, Zeena Schreck Explains Why [EXCLUSIVE]

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By Tony Sokol

Zeena translates a study on the language of Buddhists.

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BERLIN, April 13, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — A recent study found that people being exposed to Buddhist concepts can make them more socially accepting of outside behavior and undermine prejudice.

The study, “Buddhist Concepts as Implicitly Reducing Prejudice and Increasing Prosociality” was led by Stanford University researchers from Belgium and Taiwan. It was published in the April issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The study supplements research about a phenomenon called priming, which theorizes that merely being exposed to certain words or concepts changes the way people think or behave.

The researchers conducted three separate experiments of 355 individuals. They found that being exposed to words related to Buddhism could “automatically activate prosociality and tolerance, in particular among people with socio-cognitive open-mindedness.”

Zeena Schreck is an artist, musician, author, animal rights activist…

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La Commedia Del Sangue: New York City’s Original Vampyr Theatre

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Tonight we are above ground and seen in the light.
You are not in your own domain. You are in
ours and whatever may befall you is of
your own choice.

This is a repository of all the news that fits about New York City’s original vampire theater, La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre.



Original Cast

“Vampyr Theatre scripts are available for performance, please call 212-726-1821 or send me an email at



`Let Us Prey’: Drop Over to Vampyr’s for a Bite by Michael Musto

You get the feeling it’s not going to be just another night at “Cats” the second you walk into the dank, ramshackle theater where the vampire drama “Let Us Prey” is playing — and hear a gravelly voice ritualistically croaking on tape, “We’re all gonna be just dirt in the ground.” Charming. You glance warily at…

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