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Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
In the late 70s in San Francisco, I was friends and "religion-buddies" with the wonderful, kookie, artist David Weyrauch. We'd met at Metropolitan Community Church, the gay Protestant/ "non-denominational" church in the Castro District and often went out or to one or the other of our apartments for brunch afterwards. We did acid once and tricked together a couple of times. He was one of the best friends of my life.
Here he is with Rev Jim Dykes who was the pastor at MCC San Francisco.
David was a wonderful artist who did huge paintings, 6 ft x 6ft and bigger. Many of them were simply richly trextured color fields. The small drawing on paper show above gives a sense of what the larger works looked like. Some of them, as I recall, were representational, in the sense of showing a wall with a dog in the foreground and trees above the wall, but the wall was the main focus. He painted layer over layer to create texture and slight variations in color and shading. It must have been an hynoptic experience.
David was a little bit of a mystic. He liked church, but had seen beyond the literal truth of doctrine. He was more interested in direct experience than in belief. Our doing acid that one time was exemplary. He read to me from William Burroughs' The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, and we talked about Tibetan Buddhism and Timothy Leary and all that.
When I first met him he was living on 18th St. He and Buz Verwholst got together in 79 or 80 and moved in together in the first floor of a house in the Castro on Hartford, with a steep staircase, just a few houses in from 17th.
Buz had been a house painter. David and Buz ran a business together for several years in S.F. doing faux surfaces and fancy textured walls in upscale homes and mansions--not all that different from David's art. Their specialty was Pompeian Red.
In 2014, there is nothing about David or his fantastic paintings on the web! I wonder whatever happened to his creations. David Weyrauch died in the early 90s, before the Internet as we know it came to be. Buz had died early, maybe 83, in the first wave of AIDS.
David moved to Venice, Los Angeles and lived with improvisational pianist Randall Leonard.
After David's death Randall sent me a small painting with the stipulation I had to promise to hang it. That's "Building Myth." It's been on a wall of our home ever since. I'm posting the photo of the painting to the web as the next step in keeping my promise to Randall.
Randall Leonard's wonderful music is still available to listen to on You Tube -- "Angels in the Rain"
The most wonderful piece of David's art that I also have is a pencil sketch, nude self-portrait.
Here's a painting David's nephew sent
Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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