A category for posts and resources pages associated with the book Wildchild

Paradise Children: The Photography Of Alain Laboile

The children of Eden grow up in a pre-fall Paradise, wild like many tribal children. There is a science behind this - developmental psychology. Many modern Western children grow up with tightly controlled, highly managed lifestyles. There is a growing body of evidence to show that the lack of 'wild' play increases the chance of the child developing neuroses and insecurities. The French photographer Alain Laboile is noted for the photographs of his children engaged in wild play on their rural property. They capture a sense of joyful freedom and do a good job of capturing how the children of [...]

Gifted Kids: Brooke Raboutou

This one is a coincidence. In the last few days I've been fleshing out a character for my SciFi novel. Her first scene sees her doing a tough cross-country trial that includes rock climbing. She is a skilled athlete with a particular ability to climb - although she has genetically enhanced strength, speed and has deliberately halted puberty so she can maintain the perfect body for her chosen sports. So, even though she is in her early twenties she has the body of a child with the strength of an adult.Then this turns up on FB. It's a video of [...]

Oh, The Places You’ll Go At Burning Man

In the late 70's I participated in Confests in Australia (see Confest 79). The tradition of such alternate festivals has continued. Burning Man in the US is perhaps the leading example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahv_1IS7SiE

The Naked Child In Art: Pyrenee

I stumbled across this whilst researching the Jungle Book and the Wild Child in French culture. Pyrénée is a French graphic novel. Whilst it is available in several European languages it has not be translated to English. The most likely reason is that it features a naked post-pubertal wild girl. Anyway, thought it was of interest.

Wild Child: The World According To Tippi

This is absolutely delightful. Tippi Degré is a French girl born in Namibia. Her parents let her live a fairly wild existence playing with animals and befriending the tribespeople. It seems a wonderful childhood.  There's not much to say. I've embedded the documentary made about her childhood, Le Monde selon Tippi (The World according to Tippi) and a few photos. They say it all. Enjoy. Oh, and btw, Tippi was home schooled and seems intellectually gifted. She has since passed her Baccalauréat and is studying cinema at the Sorbonne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYwZJ-C6jS4Note: there is an interesting contrast to be drawn between Tippi [...]

The Naked Child In Art: The Jungle Book (2)

These images are by the twins, Edward and Maurice Detmold. I don't know a great deal about them but apparently they were child prodigies who first exhibited at age 13. Tragically Maurice committed suicide at age 24.

The Naked Child In Art: Pierre Joubert And The Jungle Book

I missed this one but thanks to a comment from Lee M to Water Babies I've now been informed... It's timely because it involves a noted French illustrator. I was not introduced to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book when I was a child. Pity. I would have loved it. It is a children's classic and Rudyard Kipling won a Nobel Prize in Literature for his efforts. But here's the interesting thing. Kipling wrote the main character Mowgli as a naked, wild child and many of the early illustrations dutifully depicted Mowgli as Kipling intended - naked. However, over time, illustrators [...]

Gifted Kids: Sara, Aka Super Kid Drummer

My novel Wild Child is about a young hippie girl with an extraordinary musical talent so from time to time I like to feature talented kids. I'm particularly interested in girls who show a talent with traditional 'male' instruments, a barrier that no longer exists. The videos below are of a young Japanese drummer only known as Sara (aka super kid drummer). The first video is noteworthy for two reasons: Sara plays along to a King Crimson song and my character Bliss lists King Crimson and Robert Fripp as influences; King Crimson use polyrythmn and complex time changes, which indicate [...]

The Childhood Culture Wars: Dani Brubaker

In an earlier post I argued (here) that we are seeing a cultural war over the definition of childhood; namely between a conservative, romanticised vision; a bourgeois, materialist vision and what I call the natural child, the child free to be themselves, free of all adult expectation. Much of the concern over sexualisation comes from the conservatives who have created an unrealistic ideal of the 'innocent' child. This ideal is a rather late invention. A combination of Victorian romanticism revisioned after WW2. It is largely the construction of adults afraid of the adult world: if only we could return to [...]

Kembra Pfhaler And The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black

So, whilst we're talking about vag... Kembra Pfhaler is a NY performance artist, model and lead singer of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. This group is notorious for being clean shaven and getting their vag out in public.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX3HK_4e5vE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhpqYjfxhe4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJooDnf7Q70