Welcome to the Anarchy Gumbo podcast. Michael W. Dean of the Freedom Feens cooks up a very special blend of liberty, guns, sex, rock and roll, drugs, and thriving in spite of the State in an increasingly worrying world.
All with a rotating cast of nifty guests who are also up in the middle of the night.
HOW DID THIS START AND WHAT IS IT? Hi! I’m Michael W. Dean. I do the twice-a-week Freedom Feens Podcast with Neema Vedadi. But I have insomnia. Even when I can sleep, it’s usually during the day. Neema works a day job and isn’t awake at 4 AM like me. So I started doing this additional cast, recording in the middle of the night with my peers and heroes. It’s sort of a solo project/supergroup.
The Anarchy Gumbo Podcast started on March 28, 2012, two days shy of The Freedom Feens’ first anniversary. The Feens is still my main baby. The Gumbo is just some part-time filthy whore on the side.
WHAT THE HELL IS A “KITTY FEET”? KittyFeet.com is the domain for The Anarchy Gumbo Podcast….But hmmmm, what does a kitty feet have to do with Anarchy Gumbo? Nothing. KittyFeet.com was the first domain I ever registered, back in 1996 when most people didn’t know what the Internet was. Kitty Feet didn’t mean anything in 1996 either, except that I love cats. Back then I used this domain mostly for trying different things and figuring out what to do with the Internet. By 2004 I left KittyFeet.com dormant and started about 30 other projects that each have a different domain. When I decided to start The Anarchy Gumbo Podcast, I didn’t feel like registering yet another domain, and I’d always wanted to do something interesting with KittyFeet.com since it has personal historical value to me.
DRUGS? I THOUGHT YOU WERE SOBER? I’ve been sober since 1994. But I think all drugs should be legal, I find drugs to be an interesting subject, and I learned a lot from drugs. So we talk about drugs.
CONTACT: Contact Michael by e-mail
BIO: Michael W. Dean was a handful at a very young age. He tested extremely high on aptitude tests, but was asked to leave his public school due to his very vocal hatred of authority figures. (Examples here, here, here, here and here.) He was later kicked out of the private all-boys Church Farm School for calling the headmaster a “fat, bald, overtly Christian old fart.” Michael flunked out of Jamestown Community College because he skipped too many classes “so I could go to the library and actually learn something.” Michael went on to direct the documentary films D.I.Y. Or Die: How To Survive as an Independent Artist and Hubert Selby Jr: It’ll Be Better Tomorrow (Narrated by Robert Downey, Jr.), and the art DVD Living Through Steve Diet Goedde. Michael is the author of the books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, $30 Writing School, Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women, The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl, and DIY NOW! Digital Audio. Michael played guitar in the early 80s hardcore punk band The Beef People. He sang and played bass in Baby Opaque and Bomb (Warner Brothers). He currently sings in the hardcore punk band Right Arm of Wyoming.
His latest written work is the libertarian self-help/time management book, A User’s Manual for the Human Experience. Michael W. Dean was a featured director and speaker at the 2005 Deauville Film Festival in France, and has toured Europe and America lecturing at colleges, museums and youth centers. He was a featured speaker at the Podcast and New Media Expo. Dean has been interviewed by NPR, BBC radio, and featured on NBC, VH1, and in Variety Magazine. Michael contributed to O’Reilly Media’s Digital Video Hacks book, edited O’Reilly’s DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish by Ian Aronson, and wrote “MAKE a Mailbox Movie” in MAKE Magazine Volume 3. He co-authored (with Alan Lastufka) a book for O’Reilly called YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts. Michael stays up late, sleeps in late, and works at home as a writer and filmmaker. In 2009, he and his wife and cats moved from Los Angeles to Wyoming “to get away from it all.”