Professor Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg
I love the Open Culture site and I’m always anxious to share a good find. The other day I fell down a Beat rabbit hole at the site before stumbling upon this set of recordings of Allen Ginsberg teaching the history of Western poetry at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics in 1974. There are 13…

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Candy-Colored Cult

Cosmic People
I love fringe cultures and strange religious beliefs, and the world of contemporary cults is like the overlap of their Venn diagram. The Cosmic People of Light Powers have a great name, an out-of-this-world UFO-centric belief system, and a wild candy-colored aesthetic that’s on full display in their promotional…

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Beggars Birthday

JimmyMiller
Today we celebrate the birthday of Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller who was born on March 23, 1942. Like the Stones, Miller was a little kid growing up during and after World War II, but Miller was an American born in Brooklyn. Miller made important recordings with Blind Faith, Spooky Tooth, Traffic, Motörhead,…

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Vintage Strange

Strange
While comic book mavens and Benedict Cumberbatch fan girls are anxiously awaiting the release of the new Dr. Strange film, here’s an all-but-forgotten take on the doctor from 1978. Here’s the skinny from ComicBook.com… In the time of Nicholas Hammond as Spider-Man and Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby as the…

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Truly Hallucinating

TrueHallucinations
Yesterday I posted about chimpanzees in Guinea who may be displaying certain worship behaviors involving ritualistic rock throwing and building little cairns out of stone all next to one particular tree. If you haven’t seen the post check it out and watch the video. The chimps might be in the throes of some…

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Rise of the Ape God

ApeGod
So just another Sunday night sitting down to get a post together for Monday morning when I stumble upon this science story that has researchers wondering if chimpanzees are worshiping a god in Guinea… The discovery defied explanation. A researcher studying chimpanzees in the savannahs of the Republic of Guinea…

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Good Witch

The Witch
If you live in Nashville and you’re planning to see a movie over the weekend pick up a copy of The Contributor and read my review of a fascinating new film called The Witch. Here are a few of my thoughts… Winter is a notoriously slow season for cinema — studios are busy promoting last year’s awards…

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Austin Osman Song

Bulldog Breed
Chaos magic is the emergent discipline of the occult revival of the 21st century, and chaos magic pioneer Austin Osman Spare is its spotlighted personality. Spare died in mostly-anonymous squalor in 1956, but in this new era his cult of personality is second only to Crowley, and his magical concepts and haunted art…

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The Man in White

TomWolfe
Today we celebrate the 1931 birthday of author Tom Wolfe who became a hero of the counterculture with the 1968 publication of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test — an experimental report on the drug culture surrounding Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Wolfe is a New Journalism pioneer whose use of fictional…

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Bye, Bye, Bobby

Bobby Sands
Today we remember the death of Bobby Sands following a hunger strike by Irish republican prisoners at the HM Prison Maze which began on this day in 1981. Sands and his fellow Provisional Irish Republican Army inmates were afforded what amounted to POW status (Special Category Status) determined by negotiations…

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