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.
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.
The Future of Psychedelic Discourse
A provocation for a wider discussion about the language and future of psychedelic culture(s).
A post-secular take on current psychedelic research.
My introduction to Arik Roper's fabulous new field guide
The Psychedelic Reader
My recently published intro to a classic collection of 60s articles on psychedelics
The Paisley Gate: The Tantra of Psychedelia
An essay on psychedelics, Buddhism, and Tantra, American-style.
Adventures in Inner Space
An investigation of "psychonauts": those brave, compulsive, and sometimes wacked individuals who perform neural R&D on exotic and new-fangled psychoactive drugs.
My encounters with pot and psychedelics in a Southern California surf-town in the early 1980s.
A review of drug books: Marcus Boon's The Road of Excess, Daniel Pinchbeck's Breaking Open the Head, and Dale Pendell's Pharmako/Dynamis.
Terence McKenna Vs. the Black Hole
Excerpts from private interviews with Terence McKenna a few months before his death.
Lost in Hyperspace
A review of a head-to-head-to-head discussion between Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake. "These slightly cracked eggheads are drawn to the tantalizing patterns that seem to hover around matter without being strictly identified with it."
A talk given at Mindstates II in 2000. "In many ways you can look at the mainstream world and say that psychedelics won."