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.
Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside talks about Henry Miller, sexual braggadocio, Taoism, and the flight from society.
Tao Lin Trips
Alt-lit novelist Tao Lin talks about Terence McKenna, degenerate humans, feeling happy (or not), and his new non-fiction book Trip.
Ken Layne, of the Desert Oracle magazine and podcast, talks about Joshua trees, desert Christianity, and the mysterious (and smelly) Yucca Man.
Authors and editors Marcus Boon and Gabe Levine talk about art practice, tikkun, self-care, and crafting community.
Anthropologist Bia Labate talks about peyote politics, the bureaucratization of psychedelics, and working with indigenous leaders on her recent “Sacred Plants in America” conference.
The Reverie of the Ordinary
I talk with my old pal Ed Phillips about reverie, misery, consciousness culture, and the ethics of being real.
Chaos Magic Flashbacks
OG chaote Joe Max talks about punk-rock sorcery, woozily successful Cthulhu invocations, feral intensity, and fear.