Just back from Greenbelt, which, like Ben and Jonny, I think was one of the best ever. Personal highlights were the series of talks by Christopher Booker on the spiritual / psychological background to stories [available here and here], and Michael Franti's gig closing the festival - not to mention hanging out with Greg and Jon from Ventura, as well as Gareth, Si and Shane who were at Soliton too.
I spoke on 'Dirty Theology', and you can get the MP3 for download here.
It was basically a trip through some of the dirt thoughts in the book, but I've been thinking recently about Judas and Jesus as two Tricksters. If we look at the classic trickster pattern, we can see Judas attempting to engage in a trickster act... So why did it fail? And what made Jesus' trickster act so different? I think the key lies in some of the ideas Booker presented to do with the tension between the ego and the 'other' within us. Judas' trickster act was perhaps centred on the ego, while Jesus' on the other.
I also reflect on what importance this distinction might have for the artist as trickster, and how we might live the 'trickster life' in the light of this need to serve 'the other'.