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Pop Psy Ops & Fake News

Broadcast news is increasingly paid for, less and less objective. More people are turning to the social media landscape, a new Wild West where memes compete for attention, to get a reliable sense of the times. Truth and lies are equally abundant, obviating their former distinction. A common motif in this territory is unexpected drastic […]

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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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Night Vision

Publishing a new book felt like shedding your skin. Once it came fully off, it was a dessicated shell of what you were formerly. All your hard work just a worn out wrapper, lying there. That’s how it had felt to Porkowski Styles the last several times, anyway. Maybe there was a delay before a […]

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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 […]