Theorizing Conspiracy Theory
Historian of religion Dustin Atlas joins me in trying to break down some general features of conspiracy theory without falling in the usual traps. We half succeed.
David Arnson, leader of the long-running psychedelic surf band Insect Surfers, talks dolphins, deserts, and pictures in your mind.
Babalon is a polyvalent archetype within Thelema, at once symbolizing the Earth Mother, the supernal initiatrix beyond the Abyss, and a practical current of sexual mysticism embodied in the office known as the Scarlet Woman.
For the Wild
Neopagan scholar Sarah M. Pike talks about wilderness conversion, feral wonder, and her new book For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism.
Legendary electronic musician Pauline Anna Strom talks about space music, intuition, and being blind from birth
Morbid Anatomy founderJoanna Ebenstein talks about Goths, memento mori, Santa Muerta, and her new illustrated collection Death: A Graveside Companion
Was Jerry a Bodhisattva?
Psychedelics and Buddhism: Practicing the poison path
Electronic musician Marc Kate talks about nihilism, horror movies, and transmuting Nazi black metal into the ambient soundscapes of his latest album.
Poet and biographer Andrew Schelling talks about Jaime De Angulo: Big Sur bohemian, California Indian anthropologist, and great Coyote poet.
The real rock dog stars: Sonic Youth in the era of Daydream Nation
Psychologist Thomas Joiner talks about the mindfulness craze, stoicism, and his new book Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism
Mythographer William Rowlandson talks about Borges, magical trees, and Yankee mysticism.
The Voyager Golden Record
Futurist and Boing Boing co-editor David Pescovitz talks space exploration, world music, Carl Sagan the stoner, and the new release of the Voyager Golden Record.
Mentored by a Madman
Neurologist Professor A.J. Lees talks about William S. Burroughs, drugs, Parkinson's disease, and his terrific medical memoir Mentored by a Madman.
Into the Muck
Israeli therapist and psychedelic activist Galia Tanay talks about deep dharma, the problems with mindfulness, and how psychedelics shape the self.