Hey, Huxley

Hux
I recently posted about Lee Harvey Oswald, remembering the assassination of JFK on November 22, 1963. I wonder how many readers know that the visionary author Aldous Huxley died that same day, tripping on acid as he finally gave way to the laryngeal cancer that had mostly taken his voice. Huxley’s The Doors of…

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Baby Jimi

jimi
This week we celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix on November 27, 1942. Here’s a post from just a few months back marking the end of the genius. The first cut is the deepest… Over the weekend Open Culture pointed back to one of its own posts to remember Jimi Hendrix’ death in London on September…

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Adios, Fidel

Fidel
This past Friday afternoon I read an article reporting that Fidel Castro had bid the Cuban people adios as he felt he would be dying soon. Early Saturday morning I found out the former lawyer/revolutionary fighter/prime minister and president had indeed passed away. Castro was a complex man who lead a complex life in…

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Naked Thanksgiving

Burroughs
As is our way, we stick to traditions around these parts. We hate the rituals of the bourgeois and we shun the religions of the rich, but we still feel an attachment to the best of our own, and we fly this same freak flag every year: Here’s William S. Burroughs’ “A Thanksgiving…

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Who Harvey Oswald

LHO
Sitting down to write this post I’m reminded that I wrote a song called “Lee Harvey Oswald” years ago. Or at least I tried to. I’ll have to look back through my old journals. I remember being inspired by a line from Oliver Stone’s JFK film where Kevin Costner asks “Who cries for…

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John Frum Will Come

John Frum
The other night Antonia and I were watching something or other on Netflix. When it was over we stumbled upon Into the Inferno and I was like, “Whoa. This is that new Herzog flick.” If you’re familiar with Herzog’s films you know that he’s into extreme nature: jungles, grizzly bears,…

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Buk Toons

Buk
For some reason the fall always seems like the most poetic season — the best season for writing and reading verse. I think it has something to do with darkness. I think it has something to do with the cold and the damp that begins to creep into the coming Southern winter. I think it has something to do with the…

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Memories of McKenna

Terence
Here’s how Wikipedia defines psychonaut: Psychonautics (from the Greek ψυχή psychē ["soul", "spirit" or "mind"] and ναύτης naútēs ["sailor" or "navigator"] – “a sailor of the soul”[1]) refers both to a methodology for describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states…

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Young Journey

JTTP
If you were in Nashville last night you could’ve caught Neil Young’s directorial debut, 1974′s Journey Through the Past at the Belcourt Theatre. The film combines concert performances, and candid footage of Young during his early recording career with Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and during his first…

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Chupacabra Sucks

Chupa
My interest in the occult, UFO’s, and the paranormal probably all began with the Bigfoot episode of Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of television series. I still find the look of those shows and the creepy synthesized music to be so chilling, and the Bigfoot episode gave me nightmares for years. That said, the…

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