From my new printed pamphlet: "The pleasure is a singular suffering. Like a fine perfume, it blends a variety of notes into an evocative medley whose torment is greater than the sum of its parts."
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” leaps, or rather drifts, into that temporal breach between sacred and profane, and becomes thereby perhaps the most reverent of godless American ballads.
The Elephant in the Room is LSD
In an era of “sacred plants,” commercial formulations, and manageable microdosing, LSD the Mighty has drifted to the periphery of our consciousness. What lessons does it still hold?
Wilson developed a wayward if deeply self-reflexive theory and dialectical method of visionary practice, one that, amidst the paranoia, presented its own deconstructive and libertarian vision of gnosis.
"In 2019, two remarkable photography books appeared, both of which document, in an appropriately twisty fashion, the California of the late 60s and 1970s."
Freaks of Color, parts 1 & 2
"Across genres and across the globe, music became psychedelicized in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, very much including soul and R&B. Indeed, in many ways funk music begins as R&B on acid."
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Gnostic Psychedelia and the Archetype of the Archons
"Gnostic spirituality, we might say, is gnosis against the grain. Its antinomian illuminations and agonistic hermeneutics are directly posed against those concentrations of power that wield control over cosmic, worldly, and psychological existence."
Turk presents the viewer with mandalas, strange creatures, and biological cosmograms that depict mutant metamorphoses of animal, human, plant, and god.
Whispers of the Demon
"The garden of forking paths is really a one-way labyrinth, a plunge into a single conundrum that is swallowing us up."
The Psychedelic Book of the Dead (Paper)
Now Let Us Praise Dopesmoker
With “Dopesmoker,” Sleep sealed the tomb of an entire genre.
Trans Millenia Consort
Capitalism on Psychedelics
A look at the controversy over for-profit psychedelic pharmaceutical companies, and how the outlaw values of the underground may show a way out.
A scholarly essay on the relationship between magick and science in the rocketry and sorcery of Jack Parsons.