Writing on Walls on Film

I just turned in my column for next week’s Contributor, reviewing the new DVD release of the Jean Michel Basquiat film Downtown ’81. While Style Wars is often mentioned as the first hip-hop documentary, Downtown ’81 was shot a few years earlier even though it wasn’t released until 2000. The film is actually fictional, but [...]

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Vintage John Lennon Cartoon

Recently, I was browsing through stories via Flipboard and I came across this delightful piece about a vintage animated short film based on John Lennon’s instantly recognizable cartoon doodles. Here’s a bit from the Brain Pickings site… …six years after the beloved Beatle’s assassination, Ono commissioned independent animator John Canemaker to create a short animated [...]

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Revisiting Roswell

I think the J.F.K. assassination is probably the biggest conspiracy theory of all time, and it’s probably still the one that acts as the gateway for most folks who wander the mazes of the unexplained, the unknown and the covered-up. The Roswell Incident is probably a close second contender overall and it remains the king [...]

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Sex and the Sixties

The new Psychedelic Sex book published by Taschen this spring is currently being sold on eBay for $69. That’s a silly point to make about what amounts to a seriously in-depth look at what happened to the burgeoning culture of “men’s magazines” when they ran smack into the psychedelic revolution in the 1960′s. During a [...]

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The Future Circa 1972

It’s common for folks like myself and the readers of this blog to frequent sites and browse magazines filled with articles about leaps in information processing, advances in artificial intelligence and the future of human/machine interfacing. It’s the 21st century after all, and even though many of our institutions and officials are woefully culture-bound to [...]

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X90

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Malcolm X who was born on May 19, 1925, here’s the full PBS documentary Malcolm X: Make it Plain… And for good measure, here’s one of my favorite films of all time… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here [...]

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Googling the Loch Ness Monster

Ever wish you could go on a real-life monster hunt for the legendary Nessie? Now Google Maps offers the next best thing with their immersive mapping of the legendary Scottish loch. Search for yourself and see if you can be the person to unlock the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. In honor of this [...]

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Bicycle Day, 2015

Happy Bicycle Day! Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here to check out more Counter Culture posts.

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Yeats and the Faeries Yeats and the Faeries

Continuing our focus on National Poetry Month, here’s an interesting presentation about the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats and his preoccupations with the occult and the folk mythology of Ireland. R F Foster is a renowned Yeats expert. He’s the author of Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances. In this video Foster touches upon Yeats’s [...]

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Hemperor

Five years ago, on April 15, we lost author and activist Jack Herer. If his name isn’t familiar, the fruits of his labor certainly are. The changing tides regarding marijuana and hemp legislation along with the fault lines that are currently cracking through the edifice of the War on Drugs all owe their contemporary roots [...]

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