The Los Angeles Lunar Society will meet again the evening of the coming full moon, Sunday the 18th of September, 2005. The new member to be tapped will be brought into the society that evening. Since the new member is a male, according to Lunar Society custom he will drink a snifter of XO French cognac one teaspoonful at a time from the most recently tapped female member's navel.
A few people have asked me about the society. The ranks are strictly limited to fine artists and filmmakers, with one new prospective member "tapped" each six months. Each member is given $15,000 in cash to spend however they like and an antique grandfather clock.
The lunar society clocks are each synchronized five minutes ahead, to emphasize our separateness from the world, and to illustrate our belief that artists are always slightly ahead of the rest of culture.
The society meets during the full moon and travels in a small flotilla of boats by moonlight from Venice Beach to our clubhouse in Malibu, returning at dawn. Our bylaws, rites and meeting minutes are largely kept secret to further emphasize the special and arcane nature of an artist's cultural position, and to strengthen by our pledge of silence the bonds between our artist members.
Image above from a Waltham grandfather clock's lunar phase plate. All Lunar Society clocks are Waltham clocks.