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Book Title: Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist|
The author of the book: John H. Sibley
ISBN 13: 9781468016086
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.29 MB
Edition: WordsworthGreenwich Press
Date of issue: January 4th 2012
Read full description of the books Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist:John Sibley was a homeless artist living in winter on the streets of Chicago for six months. The terrain is Chicago's Loop, Near Westside and the now abolished Maxwell Street open-air-market between 1989 and 2005. His aim in these philosophical essays is to shed light on a growing global problem. "Being and Homelessness" is not as much concerned with the cause but the wretched anxiety and pain of being homeless, which forces one to live, to exist in an in-authentic mode of "being-in-the-world." Sibley uses an existential lens to focus on this ghastly problem because the homeless being-in- itself is forged in rootlessness, displacement, and their lives are governed by the existential D's of death, dread and despair. After his dark night of the spirit Sibley believes that being homeless in the world, displaced and rootless, is one of the most terrifying challenges that a human can experience. "I gazed down into the underbelly of the abyss. I am blessed that I escaped the stygian darkness of the nether world of alleys, bridge viaducts, vacant cars and subways caverns. To escape that region of dread and despair teaches you that pain and suffering are central to the human condition," he writes. In these essays Sibley uses the term "being-in-the-world" as an experience that makes one acutely aware of that gap between consciousness and objects in the world. Being-in-the-world makes the homeless aware of a distance, an emptiness, a gap that separates them from the region of things. This essay is a plea to maximize this nation's resources, both public and private to help the wretched existence of the homeless. "I cannot recall the exact day-to-day or month-to-month suffering that I endured, but the existential feeling of dread, despair, hopelessness, wretchedness and loneliness still clings to my consciousness. "I write to illuminate the plight of the homeless so that when you see them in libraries, on subways, city busses, local train stations or standing in front of missions like they had stepped out of painter Edward Hopper's canvas, you won't judge them, as Anatole Broyard noted, as 'creatures of the darkness, where sex, drugs, gambling and other crimes are directed against a bourgeois culture that despises them.'" The homeless problems have become a Malthusian nightmare not just in Chicago but in urban cities across the nation and worldwide. The large population of homeless men, women and children give most urban cities a Third-World urbanscape. It would be disingenuous to state that the homeless only need shelter when the problem is much deeper than that. The Government needs to invest in creating a new Integrative Holistic Rehab Center [IHRC] to combat the multiple cause of homelessness. We need to heed the words of the homeless, Danish genius, Kierkegaard, who believed philosophy must recognize the presence of man-in-the-world. The reality is that for millions of us in our times we are only a lost job, a breadwinner's disability or death, a business failure, a lawsuit, a divorce, a long-term illness or natural disaster away from homelessness. Let the experience of John Sibley inspire you with its honesty, faith and redemption.
Read information about the authorJohn H. Sibley is a accomplished artist/author. Art and music have always been a part of his life. He grew up in a Chicago household listening to his father play the Boogie Woogie on his Steinway Grand Piano. His father was offered a gig with the Count Basie Band but he opted to marry and raise a family. John credits his cousin Levi, who is now blind,for mentoring
him in art.
His sci-fi novel BODYSLICK (he created 52 illustrations ) was published in 2008 by Vibe/Kensington in New York. Articles written and about Mr. Sibley has been in numerous publications: " To keep me reading is truly saying something." John W. Fountain, New York Times
"With creative writers like Sibley the sky is the limit." Rob Kenner,Vibe fiction editor
" The Adventurers of Bodyslick: BODYSLICK is set in a vividly detailed version of modern day Chicago." Sam Feldman, Chicago Weekly
" An absurdly gory novel." Publishers Weekly
"Sibley shows us that a futuristic Chicago is not for the timid." Library Journal, Rollie Welch
"There is an undulating jazz beat that courses through the work of John Sibley." Mary Houlihan, Chicago Suntimes
" The preface was the best I have ever read." Goodreads
Sibley is a 2007 American Sports Artist nominee. His paintings are owned by: former Chicago Bull, John Salley, NFL icon Walter Payton, Mike Tyson, Revey Sorey,author Manik D.Dover, Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago.
He has appeared on WGN channel 9 in Chicago,ABC with Jim Rose, WNUA with jazz icon Ramsey Lewis, and was a courtroom artistfor CNN--covered the FLN trial.
Mr. Sibley is a 1994 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holding a BFA in fine art.Sibley has worked 23 years as a supervisor for a hi-tech accoustic company and briefly taught in the Chicago public school system. He (resides in Chicago/Aurora and has two daughters and a son.
He has hired people from the Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora and donated food to the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.
I was a Homeless artist in Chicago for six months. I found that being Homeless in the world, displaced,roofless, is one of the most terrifying challenges a human can experience. That is why I am so proud of my nonfiction book Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist. The homeless problems have become a Malthusian nightmare not just in Chicago but in urban areas worldwide. That is why I wanted to share my experience which is both dreadful and liberating. Liberating in the context that " being " homeless made me abolish my need or desire for material trinkets.It liberated me from the worship of " things".
The book would never had been published without the literary genius of David B. Lentz at WordsworthGreenwich Press. A portion of the book sales will go to the Hesed House in Aurora Illinois and the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago .
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