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.
Babalon is a polyvalent archetype within Thelema, at once symbolizing the Earth Mother, the supernal initiatrix beyond the Abyss, and a practical current of sexual mysticism embodied in the office known as the Scarlet Woman.
The real rock dog stars: Sonic Youth in the era of Daydream Nation
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.
Less eye candy than mind map, ‘Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia’ manages to radically reframe a period of creative ferment that remains weakly understood and remembered within the histories of art and design.
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 Thing is Alive
Mark Leckey wants to invoke the spectral and increasingly animated correspondences between beasts, machines, and the human bodymind.
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.
This is a holy music made with a mad hippie love infused with the same DIY impatience that secretly links the beats and the freaks and the punks.