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it’s never too late to feed your head test

THERE ARE HIT RECORDS that were “im­por­tant” simply be­cause they were hit records. The pop charts have been filled with such records: en­joy­able fare but es­sen­tially con­fec­tion. This is not con­de­scending, as a pop record is al­most by de­f­i­n­i­tion a few min­utes of en­ter­tain­ment to dis­tract us from the less en­joy­able as­pects of our lives. [Read more] “it’s never too late to feed your head test”

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a little personal background information

WHEN RE­QUIRED TO POST A PRO­FILE on the in­ternet, I usu­ally write, “Mys­tical lib­eral likes long walks alone at night in the dark in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this bit of irony works for some readers, others want a little more in terms of per­sonal back­ground information. [Read more] “a little personal background information”

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check out bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

I HAVE A FACE­BOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. [Read more] “check out bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook”

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if you’re not a psychonaut, then what are you?

THIS AR­TICLE STARTED AS A JOKE but will serve as an in­tro­duc­tion to psy­cho­nau­tics for the non-experienced. I use the word “ex­pe­ri­enced” here in its Hen­drixian meaning, re­fer­ring to the Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence’s “Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced?” from their 1967 album of the same title: “Are you ex­pe­ri­enced? [Read more] “if you’re not a psychonaut, then what are you?”

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the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow

I FOUND THIS DIS­CUS­SION about as­pects of The Six­ties in the com­ments sec­tion in an ar­ticle ti­tled “How we made: Dono­van’s Sun­shine Su­perman” by Dave Simpson for The Guardian (May 2, 2016). There are many par­tic­i­pants in the back-and-forth con­ver­sa­tions in the thread, but I will focus on just two com­menters, Bar­bKay and Katch33. [Read more] “the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow”

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getting windy with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go

COMING SOON TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU! The Tell It Like It Was A-Go-Go fea­turing Trini Lopez, Johnny Rivers, and Billy Lee Riley! Yeah, that’s a joke for those of us old enough to re­member the live al­bums from those artists recorded at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los An­geles. [Read more] “getting windy with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go”

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far out, man, just “tell it like it was”

MY APOLO­GIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. [Read more] “far out, man, just “tell it like it was””