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?
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."
The Psychedelic Book of the Dead (Paper)
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.
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.
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.
The Future of Psychedelic Discourse
A provocation for a wider discussion about the language and future of psychedelic culture(s).
A post-secular take on current psychedelic research.
Jeremy Narby Interview
I did the intro to this Arthur mag interview of the fascinating ayahausca anthropologist Dr. Narby.
My introduction to Arik Roper's fabulous new field guide
The Psychedelic Reader
My recently published intro to a classic collection of 60s articles on psychedelics
The Paisley Gate: The Tantra of Psychedelia
An essay on psychedelics, Buddhism, and Tantra, American-style.
Adventures in Inner Space
An investigation of "psychonauts": those brave, compulsive, and sometimes wacked individuals who perform neural R&D on exotic and new-fangled psychoactive drugs.
A review of drug books: Marcus Boon's The Road of Excess, Daniel Pinchbeck's Breaking Open the Head, and Dale Pendell's Pharmako/Dynamis.
Terence McKenna Vs. the Black Hole
Excerpts from private interviews with Terence McKenna a few months before his death.