A scholarly essay on the relationship between magick and science in the rocketry and sorcery of Jack Parsons.
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 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.
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.
Amma's Cosmic Squeeze
My encounter with India's hugging saint.
In which the author submits to the pleasures of a transgender spirit possession festival in Burma.
Tongues of Fire, Whirlwinds of Noise
Information metaphysics in the Western religious tradition.
Snakes & Ladders
An exploration on the spiritual tension between immanence and transcendence--the snakes and ladders of the soul.
Solar Temple Pilots
A look at the inner workings of Luc Jouret's apocalyptic esoteric cult, which came to a suicidal end in Switzerland in 1994.
The Wandering Sufi
An interview with and essay on Peter Lamborn Wilson, the mystic nomad and renegade historian of spiritual heresy.
The introduction to "Chaos Spirituality," an issue of Fringeware Review co-edited by Erik Davis and Spiros Antonopoulos. "Chaos stirs."
Hermes on the Seine
Meet Hermes, the god of scholars and techgnostics.
A visit to the National Religious Broadcasters convention during the first Gulf War.
Databases of the Dead
A Wired feature about the religious roots of the Mormon Church's technological obsessions with genealogical data.
Meditating in Sensurround
A personal essay: what happens when you follow up a Zen retreat with full immersion in the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference?