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With respect

  A woman Harry knew had once asked Baba Ram Dass, a Harvard-trained LSD psychologist turned hippie guru who’d written a book called Be Here Now, what unified consciousness would look like, or something like that, and his answer had been something like billions of points of light on some kind of technological grid with […]

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Modern Holy Fools

USE of the term “Holy Fool”, meaning blissfully distracted by devotion to God, began in fifth century Russia as a mostly female tradition of worship, the yurodivy. Ideas on what the word “God” means and what constitutes devotion have changed since then. Holiness needn’t mean Piousness anymore, Foolishness needn’t mean Comedy purely, and these days, […]

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Dark times pass: a conversation with Lisa Marie Basile

Lisa Marie Basile has worked as a creative writer in poetry and prose, an editor for multiple venues, and a journalist, on both sides of the page, in unlike styles, bringing something of herself to each role. “I’m so fortunate to have been able to work creatively in my personal and professional life, for the […]

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The devil’s advocate of Denver: Don Becker remembered

I met Don Becker when he was in his forties and I was in my late teens trying to revolutionize the Denver spoken word scene three or four times a week as Henry Alarmclock. He was old, but kids even younger than me liked his stuff: “Don Becker was the first one to make me […]

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Not the kind of animals you think

Time is speeding up. American cultural configuration has evolved to the degree that old-style counter cultural behaviors no longer have cultural impact outside the microcosm. I met a lot of creative writers and musicians at the weekly variety show I hosted in Denver a few years ago. Some of the younger ones had no apparent […]

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Johnny Strike on CRIME the San Francisco punk scene and more

Having kicked off in the late sixties on the East Coast, with bands like the Stooges, the stateside punk wave came to San Francisco late, circa 1976. One of the standouts was a band called Crime, one member of which, Johnny Strike, relocated for a good spell to Tangier, Morocco, and has distinguished himself as […]

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Passage and healing with entheogens

An entheogen (meaning, literally, “generator of the divine within”) is a psychoactive substance – including peyote, psilocybin (mushrooms), uncured tobacco, cannabis, ayahuasca, Salvia divinorum (diviner’s sage), Tabernathe iboga, Ipomocea tricolor, and Amanita muscaria – used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context for healing, transcendence, and revelation in a ritualized context for thousands of years. […]

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High along the Silk Road

The theme of this year’s Mother’s High Tea was Tea Along the Silk Road. I assembled and helped hang collapsible red paper lantern shells on either side of the central plaque in the main room, unloading boxes and arranging chairs and tables with a team of volunteers while event founder Susan Squibb got her notes […]

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The Relatives

The 9th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash took place upstairs at Denver’s Mercury Café in a large room hung with lights and hearts for Valentine season on February 9th, one day after its namesake’s birthday 92 years ago in 1926. I read a mash of spontaneous stuff ending with a sample of Market Man. Neal’s […]