HADES UNITED IS FOR THE SORT OF PERSON WHO…

QUESTIONS SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

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This world, the way it is, the way we are, is simply unacceptable. 

LOVES TO SOLVE PROBLEMS

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Finds problems everywhere, always.
In fact, you are a problem.

KNOWS THAT THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN THE QUEST FOR HAPPINESS

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Understands that being incomplete is what keeps humans alive.

IS ADVENTUROUS

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Finds most mainstream forms of expression boring. Likes to explore, travel, create, and discover. In other words, likes to think.

SEARCHES FOR THE TRUTH EVEN IF THE RESULTS ARE UNSETTLING

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Is aware that millions suffer unwarranted acts of cruelty every day, so finds it dishonest to only “focus on the positive” and claim that this is a wonderful life.

HAS THE CONFIDENCE TO CHALLENGE A LARGE OPPOSITION

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Can stand in the middle of a room full of terrible people and turn on the “Are you talking to me?” charm if need be. 

IS INTROSPECTIVE

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Lives under the mistaken impression that all people use self-analysis as an act of refinement.

IS NOT AFRAID OF BEING WRONG

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And if you ask, this wonderful person will itemize the many ways you are wrong, too. 

IS VERY HARD TO SHOP FOR

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This person is all-around difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.
I know somebody this weird who would enjoy Hades United!

WAIT, BUT WHAT IS HADES UNITED?

You’ll be gifting a 12 month subscription to original content such as essays, short fiction, plays, cartoons, paintings, photographs, reviews, and all that lies outside those borders. The work is adventurous, philosophical, funny, satiric, and pushes the limits of every art form. 

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a) Hades United every month for a year, delivered electronically.
b) Access to the store, where featured artwork will be available.
c) The opportunity to contribute to the blog, where he/she can share ideas with other subscribers.
LET’S ROCK N’ ROLL THIS THING

I’M NOT CONVINCED YET

FAQ

A few years ago I figured that if I am to produce work that is adventurous and progressive, I couldn’t rely on the traditional means of publication. So I never formally played that game. I don’t want to spend years publishing stories in unknown journals nobody reads so I can eventually earn enough credits to have one story published in The New Yorker, where the fiction is a corpse that only serves as a reminder of better times. Of course I want you to read my work, but I don’t want to depend on a stagnant and derivative business to do so. Luckily, these days we don’t need intermediaries to find each other.
I have no agenda. I want people to think for themselves so we can debate the complex paths toward real human progress. In my art, I approach the values societies cherish as if I didn’t know a thing about them. Then I test, push, stretch, kick and burn them by applying the forces of art in hopes that something true prevails.
Curse words are an arrangement of letters that carry an intention just like any other word. I might drop some F-bombs if it’s part of the character’s temperament, but I work hard at not using them because they can be a sign of lazy writing.
As for sexual content, my take is that most adults already know where everything goes and how it works, so they don’t need me to describe sexual acts. In art, sex is not interesting unless it means something else. For example, I just finished a story where circus animals have sex in the middle of their act because I’ve been trying to market myself to bestiality lovers. I’m kidding. The story is called “50 Shades of Bear” and the point is to highjack the descriptions used by author, E. L. James, and place them in a context where they are revealed as cheesy and mediocre.
Hades and his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed dominance over the cosmos. Zeus rules the air, Poseidon the sea, and Hades the underworld.
Hades is in charge of ruling the dead. He rarely visits the upper air, and never knows what is happening in the world above or in Olympus (Zeus’ luxury pad.) Hades is extremely possessive, gloats over every new arrival, and demands a headcount from Charon at the close of each day. He allows none of his subjects to escape his domain.
Yes. Contrary to the mistaken view that the underworld is a realm strictly appointed for those souls who have earned eternal punishment, Hades is every mortal’s destination. It is not hell, and it is not ruled by the devil.
Although there are some areas designated for those who have displeased the gods (Tartarus and the Fields of Punishment,) most of the souls are judged to be not too good and not too bad, but simply dead: they amble in a place called the Field of Asphodel, and wait —for nothing. The other famous area is Elysium, a place for the especially notable. Here is where you’ll find Michael Jackson going hee-hee!
Hades United got its name due to the pomegranate Hades gives to Persephone. If you are unfamiliar with the myth, please keep reading:
Hades wanted to get married, and instead of courting someone (who has the time!) he bursts out of the ground riding a chariot of black horses and abducts Persephone, goddess of spring.
Demeter, who is Persephone’s mother, goddess of the harvest, and Hades’ sister (nothing scandalous here… I can explain… no, I can’t… let’s keep moving), upon finding out her daughter is trapped in the underworld, refuses to let the Earth fruit. And so the grounds go cold and dry, and a terrible famine assaults the Earth, while folks in Greenland wonder, “So what’s new?”
Zeus, who does not own a winter coat and doesn’t feel like going to Nordstrom, sends Hermes, the messenger god, to broker a deal and convinces Hades to let Persephone go. As a good-bye gift, he gives his wife a pomegranate.
Demeter is delighted to see her daughter back, and immediately asks her if she ate anything in the underworld. Because, as it is made very clear in the Gods Rulebook that no god respects  (because you ain’t trying if you ain’t cheatin’) if you eat anything in the underworld you must stay there forever.
So Hades goes finders keepers on Persephone again, and the gods are forced to call the big guns. Rhea, the mother of all these quarrelsome, mischievous and incestuous gods goes down to lawyer a new deal, and it is decided that Persephone is to spend part of the year with Hades. Demeter reluctantly agrees, but says that nothing will grow on Earth while her daughter lives in the underworld.
Hence the seasons.
We think of gifts as packages that deliver a dose of happiness/comfort. This is not that kind of gift. Hades is not a distraction but an intellectual exploration, and just like Hades tricked Persephone with a pomegranate, the recipient of this gift will be sent to the “underworld” for two reasons:
1) Hades United promotes self-knowledge, which advocates for the exploration of one’s fears, insecurities, and all those other dark, underground caverns where we hide the pieces of ourselves we try to avoid.
2) Because Hades United advocates for critical thinking, skepticism is key. This means the recipients must abandon the comfort of their own beliefs, an act which requires courage.
 
Any questions or comments, please email me at hadesunited@gmail.com 
I got a fever and the only prescription is Hades United

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