Bad faith is a concept in existentialist philosophy coined by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir describing the habit people have of deceiving themselves into thinking they do not have the freedom to make choices for fear of the potential consequences of making a choice. Commonly it is understood as to mislead or deceive another.
In the past year, I have experienced a great deal of upheaval in my life. My mother, from whom I have been estranged, became ill with dementia; her 86 year old husband, my father, started confronting his own end of life insecurities, and for the first time in 30 years I started to spend time with them both. Out of this has come A Habit of Self Deceit.
The title refers both to decisions made by my parents throughout the course of their lives, and how their orientation to their lives have impacted my relationship with myself.
The Michael Jacksons is an ethnographic monograph in which portraits of more than 35 professional Michael Jackson tribute artists and impersonators from across the United States were photographed as their representation of Jackson. The objective of the project has been to identify the space in which the performers were both themselves and their representation as a way of exploring how people create a hybridized identity informed by popular culture.
The book contains descriptions of the subculture of Michael Jackson representation along with narratives of some of the performers as they dance and sing in the backyards and stages of small towns and big cities around the US. Woven into the text is cultural analysis from Greg Tate, Michael Eric Dyson, and others that helps give context to Michael Jackson’s place within the culture and helps readers understand why the book’s subjects have chosen to represent him.