Loch Ness Monster on Apple Maps

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 [...]

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Quoting the Counterculture

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 Kesey post: Truth doesn’t run [...]

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Who Killed 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 [...]

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Brion Gysin Speaks

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 creativity. Gysin dives [...]

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New Derek Jarman Documentary

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 Ali. Here’s a few words [...]

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Death of a Conspiracy Theorist

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 Collapse, both offered a chilling summing-up of [...]

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Lucifer’s Children

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 Wars,” Unarius members also believe that they’re actually seeing a recording [...]

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Hallucinogenic Honey Hunting

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 you’re afraid of [...]

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Urbex Art: 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 [...]

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Austin Spare: Chaos and Cats

Austin Osman Spare was many people including both an enfant terrible in the London art world at the beginning of the 20th century, and one of the pioneering forerunners of contemporary occultism. Wiki has the basics… Visionary artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare, who was briefly a member of Aleister Crowley’s A∴A∴ but later broke [...]

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