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Posted By Princess Superstar! on December 1st, 2017

Coming January 2018- Princess Superstar’s kid album! Check it on Comedy Central- Princess Superstar on Inside Amy Schumer! HEY ARTISTS! Get coached by a superstar! Next level coaching by Princess herself- check it out! Princess Superstar and Margaret Cho bring you MOTHERF$%^&% EMOJIS that will have you never using a smily face the same! Watch the […]

 

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Episode 4 of I love Princess Superstar out now! Starring Moby & Margaret Cho

Posted By Princess Superstar! on March 17th, 2015

Watch Moby try to veganize my husband and me and Margaret Cho make a song about butts!

YAY!

 

rivington hotel shoot

Posted By Princess Superstar! on November 8th, 2011

i have the honor of being in the rivington hotel permanent collection of nyc icons- as photographed by ej camp! other people include debbie harry, betsey johnson, michael musto, moby, patricia field and more…i am outfitted in this sick mirrored corset designed by garo sparo (check his new show on the sundance channel.)

here are some behind the scenes photos and when i get the real shot will post!

wanderlust festival

Posted By Princess Superstar! on April 7th, 2010

Wanderlust Festival this is gonna be great- summer festival called wanderlust– and it’s a combination of yoga and awesome music like moby and brazilian girls in lake tahoe. i have never heard of a yoga festival that actually has cool music!!! so please join me we are gonna rock it don’t stop it! and then do tree pose all night long 🙂 i play the Olympic PLaza Bar on Friday, July 30th at 12:30 AM. tickets on sale now!!

moby’s new book gristle

Posted By Princess Superstar! on March 10th, 2010
From: BOATMATE@earthlink.net
Subject: from moby
Date: March 9, 2010 11:02:56 AM EST
To: boatmate@earthlink.net

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here is a nice email i got today from friend and fellow vegan  moby about his new book gristle.

Subject:  from moby

Date:  March 9, 2010 11:02:56 AM EST

hi,

today is the release date of ‘gristle’, a book that my friend miyun park and i have edited for the new press. the chapters in ‘gristle’ were written by different experts about the consequences and ramifications of animal production(like, for example: 24% of climate change is the result of commercial animal production, more than every car, bus, truck, boat, and plane on the planet combined…not sure why al gore never mentions this…). it’s a great book(i can say this objectively, as i didn’t actually write any of the chapters…), and i hope that you get the chance to read it.oh, any/all profits from the sale of the book will go to different animal welfare organizations. thanks, and here’s the link to buy:

http://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1679

“Drinking and Drugs Suck”- Manifesto #1

Posted By Princess Superstar! on September 28th, 2009

Time to Cut the Shit and Evolve: Manifesto #1

“Drinking and Drugs Suck”

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`“You should be able to remember your zip code even as you drift into intergalactic ecstasy” –Ram Dass

What if there was a way to feel unbelievably high and amazing without using drugs or drinking? What if I told you that I am living that way every day and have never been more fulfilled or creative? What if I also told you that you will never TRULY experience this sustained bliss – a life filled with miracles – if you currently rely on mood altering substances to get you high? Would you want to quit?

Know the saying there is nothing worse than a smoker that quit smoking? Well there is – Princess Superstar quitting drinking and drugs.

I am on a high horse about not getting high and it’s hard to kick me off my horse, just like it’s hard to kick horse. (Do people even call heroin “horse” anymore? Or am I stuck in the 70’s?)

Drinking and drugs suck. All of it. Even occasionally. If you get wasted in excess, please, get your ass to Alcoholics Anonymous or rehab. Believe me, this stuff is too hard to do on your own, and getting support from AA will probably be one of the most incredible things you do for yourself. If you drink, or smoke pot from time to time, and don’t really care about health or have much of a spiritual connection you may want to stop reading and please go enjoy your Senor Frog’s Mojito. But, if any part of you is looking for a brighter way, read on. This may be just the dose you need to wake you up from the fantasy so that you can live your dreams NOW!

If you are on the path to enlightenment, seek the truth or have the courage to be the highest expression of yourself that you can be, well your eyes are exactly where they need to be. Keep them WIDE open!

And to all my yogi friends that think it’s cool to smoke pot, that somehow pot smoking can fit neatly into your quest for enlightenment; and to my “healthy” friends that think it’s okay to drink organic wine- you are fooling yourselves. Of course, this is my opinion. Everyone is entitled to one, afterall. I say in all humility that perhaps I am the one who is wrong. But since I detest being wrong about as much as I detest mind altering substances (as much as I once loved them,) I will be get by with a little help from some expert friends and guides who have discovered similar truths.

Many people think the Beatles made some of their most genius music because of LSD when it was really their travels to India and their exposure to Indian philosophy and mythology, chanting, meditation and yoga that informed their music and ignited all that creativity. In fact, George was totally against drugs:

‘He never considered himself an intellectual, but George was indeed shaken from his ordinary perception by the drug (LSD) and assumed at first that others were having the same insights as he. Then they’d open their mouths, and he found out users “were just as stupid as they’d been before” and concluded that chemicals did not provide a path to enlightenment. “You can take it and take it as many times as you like…but you get to a point that you can’t get any farther unless you stop taking it.”’

Many musicians think they need some kind of substance to create their art. I say that maybe these artists created their art IN SPITE of being fucked up. It was like the gift was coming through them, because it needed to for the world- but the artist suffered unnecessarily (at his very own hands.) I personally made some great music while I was getting high- however I was spiritually empty at the time and my personal self was miserable, disconnected and filled with future based fear. I also created a lot of havoc in the relationships I was in, and spread bad vibes all around. It was when I got sober that I started making the best music of my life AND got happy on top of it- and from that basis I could make the people around me happy too.

When you are sober you come to rely upon an inner strength and confidence that lies dormant in people that rely upon an outside influence. It truly is mind blowing because it is a whole other level of intimacy with yourself and with others. If you are high and you feel like you are being intimate it is just a fake expression of the real thing. The drug is simulating that which really cannot even be simulated – a deep spiritual experience based on being 100 percent present. When there is an outside crutch, there is limited development of the person. Ram Dass who wrote the highly influential “Be Here Now” says, “The goal of the path is to BE high, not GET high.”

The intimacy that occurs within yourself when you quit substances actually is the intimacy with the Divine- that I dare say absolutely cannot exist if you are high. By the way when I say the Divine, I am not referring to the man with a beard, unless that’s what gets you through the night, I am talking about a spiritual force that is bigger than you. If you don’t believe in anything right now, fake it. Call the ocean God and pray to it. See everyone you meet as God and love them. Spirituality is going to be necessary if you do end up quitting this toxic crap- otherwise you are going to be one angry resentful ex- drunky.

Let’s get back to the fun part- BEING high instead of GETTING high, as Ram Dass puts it. According to Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga, accomplished author, and a very important teacher of mine- our bodies are our own pharmaceutical laboratories. We can actually make the same chemicals that we look for in outside sources. Sharon writes:

“Any external drug that has an effect in our body works because it behaves like a similar internal chemical that is natural to us. Our body is able to recognize the external drug because our body already has its own receptors that were designed for the internal natural chemicals that we are able to manufacture ourselves. 
        One major problem with chemical addiction is that when you habitually rely on external means to feel good, your body’s own ability to manufacture those chemicals decreases, and you become more and more dependent on external means…Addiction suppresses spiritual, emotional and physical development  –retarding growth– keeping a person bound to staying the same. Addiction inhibits the blossoming of creativity, the potential for change and the evolution of consciousness. “

Highly prolific and 10 bajillion album selling artist Moby agrees:

“See, i like balance. And the human organism seems to do best when balanced. Pot and wine (etc.) push us out of balance, unfortunately. And for every action there’s an equal and commensurate reaction. As we know, we easily come to rely on things that do the work for us -drugs and booze are like our Smithers. *”

*In case you ain’t know, the Smithers reference is a sycophantic character from the Simpsons, who does everything for Mr. Burns to the point of ridiculousness, having no life whatsoever.)

Yes, I’m into the evolution of consciousness. I’ve noticed that the more you are willing to be “uncomfortable” the more you evolve and the more happiness you have. It was pretty uncomfortable for me to give up my whiskey, wine, my codeine, my liquid acid and diet coke combo- but when I did (and pursued spiritual and emotional growth, most notably with a 12 Step program, Jivamukti yoga and working with International Scherick) my happiness and my consciousness exploded. If you are attached to a substance (even that “occasional glass of wine” which I am guessing is not really that occasional if you really get down to it) you are attached to desires and your growth and therefore your joy is limited. Buddhism teaches us to be free from desires. Why? Life is a lot better that way. In case you haven’t noticed, all you do all day is go around commenting in your head about your experiences “This is great! This sucks! This is sorta great! This sorta sucks!” It may seem impossible to be desire free but what if you have your desires but are not attached to whether or not they are fulfilled? Can you imagine how free you would be? So guess one way of doing that- not giving in every time to the voice in your head that says “I need a beer. NOW” or “it’s a good idea to finish off this entire pint of vegan ice cream” and instead just observing those desires and not acting on them. Learn how to be comfortable in the uncomfortability. Swami Vivekananda, whose teachings influenced Gandhi and who is regarded as a key figure in introducing yoga to the western world, said, “A man who has attained certain powers through medicines…still has desires, but that man who has attained Samadhi (enlightenment) through concentration is alone free from all desires.”

“WHY DO I HAVE TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE, EVER?”

-Princess Superstar’s unconscious brain

This has been my unconscious operating system since I was little. It unknowingly ran my life entirely. It has led me to quit many things such as karate, Italian, and romantic relationships. It had me finishing a workout at 20 minutes instead of the 45 I set out to do, probably a thousand times by now. It has made me move out of countless yoga poses that challenged me; shortened hundreds of thousands of the meditations I have done in my lifetime, and made me eat many things that weren’t good for me. It led me to smoke a pack a day, be mean to people, and to drink alcohol until I threw up.

My experience has shown me that the willingness to sit through that discomfort held the key to life. Working with my teacher Greg Scherick and his team at International Scherick doing  The Process, I have learned how to  turn on the light so I can see these unconscious sabotaging patterns.  So now, instead of running from my fear  I say, “come on, give it to me, make me uncomfortable!” Because I know that is the key to true happiness and serenity, beyond what you can even imagine. If you are going through something painful, GREAT. Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth. IF you use it that way. Now you can really start to shake shit up and change. Guess what substances do? They anaesthetize the experience- and not fully allow one to experience the unknown. Without the discomfort, very little change and growth is possible.

Joe Dispenza, who was featured in the movie What the Bleep do We Know?, says that change is uncomfortable because chemically the body feels threatened by unfamiliar firing of peptides and neurons in the brain.- “If you remember one thing about change, remember that it causes the “self” and the body to go into complete chaos because the self no longer has any feelings to relate to in order to define itself. If we stop having the same thoughts, feelings, or reactions, we stop making the same chemicals, which sends the body into a state of homeostatic imbalance…Therefore when internal order is altered by our change in thinking, we do not “feel” like the same person. As a result, our identity wants to return to the feelings of the familiar, and our body is trying to influence our brain to return to a recognizable state of being, so that the body can recalibrate itself with past feelings.” I believe that the degree of willingness to experience this uncomfortability/unfamiliarity is the degree to which you can grow as a person. And also the degree to which you can experience true joy and true bliss, which- as Sharon Gannon says- is our true nature.

WHO’S IN YA CREW?

Do the people that surround you lift you up or bring you down? And don’t answer in one second, think it all the way through. Because maybe there’s a “spiritual” person in your life who actually is a complete asshole. Oh wait, I don’t mean asshole, I mean, a sick and suffering person I have compassion for. But that doesn’t mean you need to hang out with that person! This is going to be key because we have never really evolved past the school yard- if you hang with the stoners, you are gonna be a stoner, if you hang with the nerds, you will be a nerd.

There is actually scientific PROOF that your friends and even your friends’ friends can influence you to drink too much, or even to gain weight! Two social scientists, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler have found that since people are connected, so health and habits are connected as well, even to 3 degrees of separation. They found that:

“A friend taking up smoking increased your chance of lighting up by 36 percent, and if you had a three-degrees removed friend who started smoking, you were 11 percent more likely to do the same. Drinking spread socially, as did happiness and even loneliness…<so> if you want to improve the world with your good behavior, math is on your side. For most of us, within 3 degrees we are connected to more than 1,000 people – all of whom we can theoretically help make healthier, fitter and happier just by our contagious example.”

Support and guidance is key, especially if you are trying to quit substances, and to potentially influence 1,000 people to do the same! Please go find people who are on the path to help you. Swami Satchidananda (who gave the opening speech at Woodstock and who is one of my most favorite Swamis) said the most important spiritual practice you can do is Satsang- the Sanskrit word for “Hang out with Seekers of Truth.” So surround yourself with people who lift you up and help you fulfill your highest potential on this planet.

“If 5 million do a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing”
-Chinese Proverb

Why does everyone do this thing? We all know drinking and drugs can give you liver disease, brain damage, stinky skin, the list goes on. I know one DJ who drinks a bottle of tequila almost every time he plays. How does the body take it? I marvel at the human body and the beating it can take. So imagine if you stop filling up this marvelous body with toxic crap. Then everything can function at optimal levels- from the immune system to the brain. Maybe you would even begin to use more of your brain, and maybe you could even develop the part that really knows how to be happy. We know that hard drugs like cocaine and heroine etc. have a devastating effect on the brain and body but what about the seemingly innocent Mary Jane? According to a Cambridge University Press article,

“The parts of the brain that control emotions, memory, and judgment are affected by marijuana.  Smoking it cannot only weaken short-term memory, but can block information from making it into long-term memory. It has also been shown to weaken problem solving ability.”

What’s the one problem everyone wants solved? How can I be happy??! So maybe without substances the brain can actually do its job. And you can make space inside for something larger than you to do its job. God, the Ocean, the Force, G-Unit, whatever you want to call it. Cleanliness is next to Godliness remember. Sometimes I don’t make my bed at home, but at least in my liver, my bed is always proper.

FAME! I WANNA LIVE FOREVER!

Let’s talk about health for a second. So, there are these people that eat only raw uncooked vegan food (I am one of them.) I believe that being vegan is a pathway to greater consciousness. As you clear your digestive system and your body from processed, crappy food (such as meat, sugar and white bread) one’s consciousness naturally expands. Some people eat this way because it makes you look hot (it is the most anti-aging way to eat), or the fact that is the most ethical way of eating (you are not torturing helpless animals,) and some people eat this way because it brings you closer to the Divine. Either way, if you eat this way and drink- I know a bunch of people that do- that’s pretty idiotic. This restaurant, I love it- Pure Food and Wine-but what the hell is with the wine? Why are you gonna eat the most clean beautiful diet and then poison yourself with toxic acidic wine? Wine is NOT good for you ok? Whoever made that up was a wine grower who paid off lots of doctors to say so. Alcohol totally dehydrates your body and makes your liver work overtime. Your organs have enough work to do living in this polluted land without having to clean up your mess. If you want the one thing in wine that’s good for your heart, take the vitamin that has it in it. I forget what it is but you probably don’t need it anyway.

Gabriel Cousens, pioneer of the raw scene, 20-year raw food eater and MD says, “Live the Garden of Eden diet- an organic vegan 80-100% raw food DRUG FREE diet.” Gabriel quotes a spiritual text supporting this (I think it’s Judaic but I am too tired to Google it) “The Lord said to Aharon ‘ Do not drink wine or strong drink [any form of mind altering drug], thou, nor thy sons with thee, when you enter the tent of meeting, lest you die; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.” –Leviticus (Shemini 8-10)

Look, maybe I am being annoying and preachy and possibly elitist. Not to mention that I cannot even BELIEVE that I just quoted Leviticus- let alone something that said “Lord” in the quote. A lifelong atheist, I only became spiritual when I became sober a bit over 5 years ago, and I learned to see where religions are helpful instead of hating them. All religions at their core have the same beautiful principals- Truth, Love, Peace, Service- I am sure you can at least get with that. If you are on the fence about being spiritual, you can use the word “Love” instead of “Lord”- for me it’s the same thing.

You know, I only want the best for you. Whatever you are doing I have compassion for it, believe me. I have been there partying my ass off and thought I would never ever EVER quit. But by some miracle I did and now I am so happy beyond my wildest dreams in my life. I just want to spread this love and happiness to you. I want us all to evolve into our highest expression. I want heaven on earth. I welcome all discussion because as I said in the beginning, it’s possible I am wrong. But only just tiny corner of an acid tab of a possibility. 🙂

I really really look forward to your feedback.

All my love,

Princess Superstar


Footnotes:

Joshua Greene, “Here Comes The Sun,” page 55

Ram Dass, “Be Here Now,” page 94

Sharon Gannon, “Jivamukti Focus of the Month-Addiction,” June 2009

Ram Dass, “Be Here Now,” page 92

Joe Dispenza, Evolve Your Brain, page 331

Clive Thompson, The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 2009

Nadia Solowi, Cannabis and Cognitive Functioning, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998.

*special thanks to Shana Kuhn-Siegel for editing this paper!

my favorite vegan restaurants in the world

Posted By Princess Superstar! on April 29th, 2009

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A big benefit of my job is I travel the world.

And a vegan’s gotta know where to eat.

Here’s a list of my faves-

Please add yours so we all know where to go!!

NEW YORK:

Pure Food and Wine Totally overpriced raw food but in a class by itself. Love the Dr. Cow cheese plate (nut cheeses made in Brooklyn) and the Corn Tamales. Also the mushroom appetizer is sick. But I get sick when I look at the check.

Caravan of Dreams. Totally hippy inside but the Burrito will feed you for a week. Also try the Pumpkin Goji berry shake for a hearty stomach filler. Their guacamole can’t be beat and also I love their default salad dressing. Try not to go when music is playing or you will be annoyed and can’t hear your lunch mate speaking.

Quintessence. Is all raw and has a fantastic brunch. I go here at least once a week when I’m home. Try their Fofu Benedict made out of Irish moss (a seaweed). Also this place got me through my pizza addiction- try the raw sausage pizza. The desserts aren’t my favorite but other people like them.

Organic Avenue: Their smoothies rock and come in cool glass bottles. I love the blueberry spirulina coconut one. Also watch out for their deep dish raw cheesecake. Really pricey though. But hey, these ingredients are expensive. You can do a fast with them and they will deliver to you. Can’t beat NYC- a cleanse delivered right to your door!

Raw Soul. Raw soul food in Harlem. My friend was supposed to take me and he flaked and I’m still waiting for him to take me. Apparently it’s amazing.

Jivamukti Cafe I basically live here because I am always at my beloved yoga center. Amazing rosemary seitan salad! When i used to eat bread i would always get the grilled portabello mushroom. Also before i quit sugar i had an addiction to the vegan red velvet cupcakes, they are dangerous. Not so great for raw but it’s getting better. The best part about the cafe is the vibes- special place that is!

Also need to shout out my pal Moby’s Teany although he doesn’t own it anymore. The tea selection is out of this world and the peanut butter bomb cake is lethal.

CALIFORNIA:

Planet Raw. Me and my good friend Heather Laine ate a raw pasta fettucini made with kelp noodles and macadamia nut cheese and seriously you could not tell the difference from real pasta. I know sometimes people are like- oh you wouldn’t taste the difference between this raw pizza and real pizza and you are like, yeah right, whatever-but seriously, you couldn’t tell. We talk about that pasta all the time and have tried to imitate it and just can’t.

UK

LONDON:

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Inspiral Lounge in Camden. Has some raw and some cooked options. I had a lovely nutburger here and the guys behind the counter are really really cute and friendly which of course I love. However, they had real milk and some other dairy there and I was not impressed with that. At least make it vegan people if you have raw there, that doesn’t make sense at all!

SAF in Shoreditch. Even though it’s tainted by a bad fight with my ex-boyfriend, still one of my favorites of all time. Try their raw lasagne. It totally beats Pure Food and Wine’s raw lasagna although that kicks ass too. Also their raw ice cream- Maca flavor. Oh man. Like whoa.Pictured above is the beetroot ravioli with nutcheese, also awesome. Live nachos good but not as good as at my hometown spot, Caravan of Dreams. Non-vegans totally flip out here  at SAF so it’s  good to take them and blow their minds!

I also had some nice food and some wheatgrass at Planet Organic around Oxford Circus. Not all vegan though. I did pay nearly $25 for a bag of raw cacao nibs there too which was stupid but hey, a girl has to have her chocolate.

GERMANY

LEIPZIG:

Zest Wow was this a surprise. Imagine being in the middle of Germany land of wienerschnitzel or however you call it (I don’t even wanna know) and finding this INCREDIBLE restaurant which makes vegan food into an art form. I would go gig there again just so I could eat there. Hear that Mr. Promoter? Invite me back!

BERLIN:

Yellow Sunshine in Kreuzberg. This is not really healthy junky vegan food like deep fried fake corn dogs and nice soy mango lassis. I can’t eat there anymore it’s too fried but good to take your non vegan friends so they can marvel and the faux rib sandwich.

Majas Deli This place is more healthy and they make nice salads. But the real thing is here is the dessert. Wow, vegan cupcakes, brownies and delicious cakes, get a side of soy whip. Yum.

This just in- La ManoVerde gets HUGE props for being one of the best vegan (with raw options) in all of Europe.  Try the raw fettucini alfredo made with zucchini and the raw sushi. Incredible and not too heavy like other raw restaurants. We had the best time hanging out with the guy that opened this and SAF- Jean. He even gave me a free chocolate mousse which was unbelievable. I want to open one in NYC!

And while in Berlin, have to give a shout out to the best yoga studio run by my darling friends Anja and Christian- YogaLoft

MUNICH:

My buddies run the Jivamukti yoga studio in Munchen, which has a small vegan deli next door with slim pickins. But the real prize is  the incredible restaurant Zerwick. I like the Indian plate and also the chocolate dessert- I can’t remember what it was but it was like a chocolate bomb!

Apparently there is also a SAF here but I haven’t been.

JAPAN

TOKYO:

Brown Rice Cafe. I walked by here and it looked great but like most things in Tokyo it has weird hours.

My manager and I ate at another vegan restaurant which was quite good, in fact we were starving because it’s so hard to be vegan in Tokyo- everything has fish in it! We ordered 3 plates of food which were delicious  but I remember  it was impossible to get any sort of salad there which I really wanted. And I forgot the name. Maybe he will post it, Dave…?

AUSTRALIA

BYRON BAY:

I totally thought there would be more vegan places here because it’s all hippied out but they did have a very nice health food store with a great juice bar called Santos. It was also there that I ate my first chermoya fruit. HOLY SHIT. Have you ever eaten one of those? it’s like candy drippy ice cream, but a fruit. Have never been able to find it since. So if you ever want to seduce me just find me one and i am all yours.

There are more but I am forgetting.

So-PLEASE PLEASE -people post your links so we can make a nice worldwide vegan restaurant database here!



trust your struggle

Posted By Princess Superstar! on April 13th, 2009

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love this graf. thanks to my pal moby for sending it to me.