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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Terence McKenna: Butterfly ...

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This month we remember the late, great Terence McKenna. The author, lecturer, scientist and philosopher was the heir apparent to Timothy Leary, bringing more lucidity, humor and insight to spreading the gospel of the psychedelic experience than anyone has been able to muster since we lost McKenna to brain cancer in…

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Mapplethorpe Still Matters

Robert and Patti
Controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s work is still catching eyes 25 years after his death in March, 1989. Mapplethorpe was practically the subject of Patti Smith’s outstanding memoir, Just Kids and the artist’s work is currently featured in two new exhibitions. In an article titled…

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AB: After Brando

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando may have been the best American actor ever. He was a star of the stage before becoming a cinema idol, bridging a career between the two with his performance as Stanley Kowalski in both the Broadway production and the Warner Brothers film of A Streetcar Named Desire — both directed by Elia Kazan.…

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