Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously, despite, or because of, an array of academic, musical, literary, mathematical, and ceremonial achievements. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to inspiring others. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

art from pain: songs from the gulf coast

My friend DjNeonLeon said to me recently: "Where are all the raps about the Gulf?"

Here you go Leon. I'll post more as they become known to me.

(Later that same day) So I says to myself I says, what's Mos Def been up to?


  1. Excellent video. Thank you.

    In solidarity-Donna V

  2. Just awesome and so very true. Thank you.