Loch Ness Monster on Apple ...

Loch Ness Monster
Given the multimedia mediation of our experience of the space around us, it was only a matter of time before this kind of speculation became a part of our virtual dialog. Did internet users spot the Loch Ness Monster on Apple Maps or is this just a trick of light and shadow? The important point here is that these…

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Quoting the Counterculture

Ken Kesey
Milicent Cranor of the Who What Why blog is currently curating a collection of quotes from notable counterculture luminaries including Abbey Hoffman, Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs and Hunter S. Thompson. It’s a fun smart series and one worth catching up and keeping up with. Here’s an excerpt from the…

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Who Killed the Red Baron

The Red Baron
Today we look back on the death of the legendary flying ace, the Red Baron. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was the greatest fighter pilot of World War I, adding 80 combat deaths to his credit. However, on his last day of duty, Richtofen was shot down, ending one of the greatest military careers of all time…

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Brion Gysin Speaks

Brion Gysin
Brion Gysin is one of my favorite painters and his writing is an undervalued commodity. A counterculture fixture, Gysin is best known for his cut-up collaborations with William S. Burroughs and his role in creating the Dream Machine. Here is Gysin live in London in 1982, lecturing on the possibilities of teaching…

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New Derek Jarman Documentar...

Tilda Swinton and Derek Jarman
From the 1970′s through the 1990′s, Derek Jarman was the at the bleeding edge of experimental film-making in Britain. Two decades after his death, the man behind Caravaggio and The Garden is the subject of a new documentary by Andy Kimpton-Nye. The film features Tilda Swinton, Peter Tatchell and Tariq…

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Death of a Conspiracy Theor...

Michael Ruppert
Michael C. Ruppert’s From the Wilderness website was a go-to source for me when I was more than a little bit obsessed with conspiracy theories. Ruppert’s research uncovered lots of connections between the C.I.A. and the crack cocaine epidemic and his film Collapse and its companion book, Confronting…

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Lucifer’s Children

Unarius 'R' Us
The U.F.O. cult Unarius is a predictably weird organization with a less-predictable relationship to cinema that makes them a documentarian’s dream. HP explains… …members believe that humans have been reincarnated many many times on this planet and others. When watching a movie like “Star…

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Hallucinogenic Honey Huntin...

Bees Buzzing
These Nepalese honey hunters go to great lengths to harvest the honey of the giant Himalayan bees. During one month of the year, the bees make honey from a hallucinogenic variety of rhododendron, making this a prized and rare treat among these honey hunters. This whole exercise is outrageously risky and if…

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Urbex Art: Detroit

The Fist Monument to Joe Louis in Detroit
I lived in the City of Detroit, MI for the first decade of my life and I stayed in southern Michigan until I left for the South in the early 1990′s. Detroit has had a bad reputation for one reason or another my whole life, but I’ve always had the love for that place that comes from being a little kid,…

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1989: The Year Grunge Gelle...

Temple of the Dog
As we continue to remember Kurt Cobain 20 years after his suicide, let’s take this opportunity to look back even further to the beginnings of what was to become “grunge.” While bands like Green River, Melvins and Mudhoney all had music released by 1988, their mixing of punk and metal mostly set the…

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