More Laughs With Professor Pipe

Sub_Genius

I call him Professor Pipe because in reading his doctoral thesis one suspects Discordian sympathies. Discordianism in turn is often compared to the Church of the SubGenius, whose logo is J.R. “Bob” Dobbs (image), a pipe smoking gentleman. [1]

The real Professor Pipe is one Martin Fradley, and his doctoral thesis is titled, Boys in Trouble? White Masculinity and Paranoia in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Scholars Press, 2013). [2]

Discordianism has been likened to Zen based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school, as well as Taoist philosophy. Discordianism is centered on the idea that both order and disorder are illusions imposed on the universe by the human nervous system. [3]

Discordianism was co-founded by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. The latter individual was really one Kerry Wendell Thornley (1938 – 1998). Thornley has the additional distinction of having written the only book about Lee Harvey Oswald created before the JFK assassination of November 22, 1963. Thornley had known Oswald while the two Marines had been in the same radar operator unit at MCAS El Toro in Santa Ana, California. In February 1962, Thornley completed The Idle Warriors, which book about Lee Harvey Oswald caused Thornley to be called to testify before the Warren Commission in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 1964. [4]

Epistle_To_The_Paranoid

Thornley, writing under the nom de plume Lord Omar (Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst), issued an “Epistle To The Paranoids” (image). This is one of the “Signs” by which I connect Thornley’s Discordianism to Professor Pipe, who discusses paranoia in great depth in his doctoral thesis. (Further background: Secret Plot of “Signs”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 23, 2015.)

In Schreber’s Lost Highway: Freud, Lynch and the Paranoid Narrative, chapter one of his doctoral thesis, Professor Pipe lays the foundation for his edifice by means of Sigmund Freud’s 1911 case study of Daniel Paul Schreber. Much can be learned from the strange case of Judge Daniel Paul Schreber. Here Freud seems to have discerned what later became the point of departure for all psychoanalytic theories on paranoia. Judge Schreber had come to believe that he was the “significant other” of God and that rays from the Almighty were transforming him into a woman. This would allow Judge Schreber to eventually become the “Bride of Christ.” Once womanhood had been achieved, Judge Schreber would give birth, via Immaculate Conception, to a new race not having any Original Sin. [2]

Original Sin is key to the idea that we are all sinners – not just white men but all humanity. A heresy has lately been introduced that only the white men are the sinners. My own scribbled notes of Professor Pipe’s chapter one boil down to the good professor having concluded, about paranoia, that there is nothing to fear, ye white men. Paranoia is just a projection of your own bad self. The government loves you. You yourself are to blame.

The weighty Freud determined that Judge Schreber had repressed homosexual urges towards his physician, one Professor Flechsig. The paranoia was all just Schreber’s displaced desire for Flechsig. [2]

A motif of deprivation (loss of the penis) resolved by means of paranoid fantasy such as Judge Schreber’s is the key to Hollywood paranoid narratives in such movies as Lost Highway. In that film, Fred Madison is a man convicted of the murder of his wife Renee, after which he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. The paranoia is that Fred Madison takes fears about his wife’s sexual loyalty and transforms it into a fantasy. Involved is the overthrow of Euclid (loss of the father) and paranoid fantasy replacement with Albert Einstein’s curved space and the non-Euclidean geometries. When Fred Madison morphs into someone else, this symbolizes transformation into delusional paranoid fantasy. The “Lost Highway” is the road of paranoia. It is all about postmodernism, white masculinity and its imagined persecution, and masculine frailty. Thus saith Professor Pipe. [2]

In Secret Plot of “Signs”, published to Ersjdamoo’s Blog on June 23, 2015, I wrote: “I had started out to laugh, but reading Fradley’s Introduction has gotten me to pondering.” I am still scratching my head after reading chapter one. What next from Professor Pipe? Whereto does his lost highway lead? Further road signs may be found up ahead, in later chapters.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Church of the SubGenius”, Wikipedia, June 25, 2015.
[2] Boys in Trouble? White Masculinity and Paranoia in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Scholars Press, 2013), by Martin Fradley, Ph.D. http://tinyurl.com/q3wzz3q
[3] “Discordianism”, Wikipedia, June 24, 2015.
[4] “Kerry Wendell Thornley”, Wikipedia, June 24, 2015.

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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