The Weird Naturalism of the Brothers McKenna
The protocols of the Experiment grew in the matrix of Jungian alchemy, Marshall McLuhan, and science fiction. This allowed Terence and Dennis McKenna to “esotericize” media theory into an occult apparatus of resonance, sympathy, and apocalyptic ontology.
Less eye candy than mind map, ‘Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia’ manages to radically reframe a period of creative ferment that remains weakly understood and remembered within the histories of art and design.
Out Come the Freaks
Probably the first heathen listeners to cotton on to Jesus music were the psych collectors, who recognized that some Jesus music was not only heavily distorted but kicked much lysergic ass.
The Thing is Alive
Mark Leckey wants to invoke the spectral and increasingly animated correspondences between beasts, machines, and the human bodymind.
The Psychedelic Book of the Dead
In this talk, given at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in February, I tell the story of Tim Leary's influential appropriation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Foreword: HFT The Gardener
HFT The Gardener extends Suzanne Treister’s impish fascination with esoteric translation, the cybernetics of consciousness, and the hallucinatory aesthetics that radiate from real-world circulations of power.
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.
The Collectable Unconscious
The lucrative mythic iconography of the Lucas films.
The Future of Psychedelic Discourse
A provocation for a wider discussion about the language and future of psychedelic culture(s).
Prestigious Demons I
First part of a think-piece on the history of demonic apparitions.
Prestigious Demons 2
Pagan idols and Deleuze
Prestigious Demons 3
Stage magic and demonic apparitions.
RAW Rah Rah!
An overview of Robert Anton Wilson's life and significance.
The Counterculture and the Occult
Two great flavors that go great together