Black Rock City 2018
In a solo outing, I reflect on Burning Man in light of my first return to the event in nearly a decade.
Kali devotees Usha Harding and Swami Bhajanananda talks about their Laguna Beach temple, the perfume of practice, Western pujaris, and the challenge of commercial yoga.
Citizen Science Trips
Underground researcher and psychedelic activist David Nickles talks about the DMT Nexus, the Statement on Open Science for Psychedelic Medicines, MAPS, and the trouble with for-profit psilocybin companies.
Voyages into Ethnobotany
Ethnobotanist Dale Millard talks about sangoma healers, animist science, ayahuasca, and the broad-spectrum healing properties of harmine.
Burning Man writer Mitch Mignano—aka Raven—talks about existential humor, the Cacophony Society, pranking your fears, and the sacred clowns of the Sun Dance ceremony.
The Practice of Skepticism
Religious studies professor Dustin Atlas talks about ancient skepticism, Buddhism, Robert Anton Wilson, and the taste of honey.
The Archons Are Back
Gnostic scholar Matthew Dillon talks about religious mourning, the Nag Hammadi library, sex magick Jesus, David Icke’s lizards, and the power of the archons as an allegory of contemporary reality.
Silicon Valley Fever
Journalist Adam Fisher about virtual reality, fumbling the future, the cyberculture underground, ibertarianism, and his rich oral history of Silicon Valley Valley Of Genius
Michael Pollan talks about awe, trip reports, the mental health crisis, and the reception of his new book How to Change Your Mind.
Drone Metal Mysticism
British music scholar Owen Coggins talks about drone metal mysticism, amplifier worship, metal humor, and sonic pilgrimage.
None of This is Real
Writer Miranda Mellis talks about uncanny climates, thinking with fables, “don’t know” politics, and the entanglement with the nonhuman.
Anthropologist Joanna Steinhardt about DIY mycology, psilocybe politics, PF Tek, and psychedelic naturalism.
Trump and Magick
Esoteric author Gary Lachman talks about postmodernism, alt right meme magick, Positive Thinking, and his new book Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump.
Naropa Sabine talks about Shakti, self-formation, rural ashrams, and growing up with a Tantric guru for a dad.
Designer and snowboarder Sijay James talks about archaic revivals, neotribal design, mountain flow, and falling with style.