Last night we saw an excellent one-man show by Mike Daisey called The Last Cargo Cult at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It’s about money and the global money market - how insane it is. Also about our obsession with goods (cargo!) and how insidious & all-pervasive that is, especially since "our shit is awesome!" as Daisey puts it. In part of his monologue he told about going to a remote island in the South Pacific where the eponymous last cargo cult really does still exist; there’s a community there where they don’t use money at all, they simply rely on custom. He’s a very good performer, particularly considering that he was mostly just sitting there, talking, for over 2 hours, and he kept our attention throughout that time! Mike Daisey’s funny & very smart, and the subject is fascinating; we both enjoyed it a lot. I highly recommend seeing it if you’re in the SF Bay area (it’ll be going through Feb 27).
For this run at the Berkeley Rep, Mike Daisey is also doing another show in repertory - that is, in alternating weeks with the one we just saw, The Last Cargo Cult. It’s called The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; we haven’t yet decided if we’ll be going to see that one. ******* I’ve just researched Mike Daisey on the internet and discovered a lot of interesting stuff on his blog (here’s a link to it - the part about The Last Cargo Cult: http://mikedaisey.blogspot.com/p/monologues.html ).
Then I found that Mike Daisey’s also written a book entitled 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com. I’m not sure when it came out (at least 6 to 8 years ago), but it got great reviews; I believe I'm going to have to buy a copy. I've found it on Amazon.com (I don’t think that it’s their favorite title, but they do carry it!), so I’m going to put a link to it under Books in the Things I Like section of this website; it’s in the Biography/Memoir category – just click on the tab above to check it out.
Note: It seems there's another version of this book, entitled 21 Dog Years: A Cube-Dweller's Tale, which is probably the hardcover edition (I think the one with "Amazon.com" in the title may be the paperback, and perhaps is out-of-print). I’ve listed the former version because there are lots of reviews associated with its Amazon listing, and none with the other (cheaper) edition. So that's why the book cover & the sub-title in the Things I Like section is different from the one here - sorry for the confusion!