Hey, Huxley

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 Perception [...]

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Baby 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 [...]

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Adios, 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 complex [...]

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Naked Thanksgiving

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 Prayer..” Stay [...]

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Who Harvey Oswald

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 Lee Harvey [...]

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John Frum Will Come

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, Antarctica, volcanoes. You also know [...]

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Memories of McKenna

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 of consciousness, including those induced by meditation or mind-altering substances, and to a [...]

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Chupacabra Sucks

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 possibility of [...]

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The Story of Bear

Leonard Cohen died last week. Leonard Cohen told us “Things are gonna slide – slide in all directions. Won’t be nothin’ you can measure any more. The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold, and it’s overturned the order of the soul. When they said, ‘Repent,’ I wonder what they meant…” It’s crazy time, [...]

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Reich in Rearview

Props out to Ezra Buckley for hooking up a recent story about the death of Wilhelm Reich at Remnants. According to the Freud Quotes site the good doctor was… Wilhelm Reich, psychoanalyst, political theorist, pioneer of body therapies and prophet of the sexual revolution died 59 years ago, on November 3, 1957. Here’s their word [...]

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