rather rare records.

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on writing a fan letter to harlan ellison

WE SPENT A WEEK IN JUNE at Ocean Shores on the west coast of Wash­ington. It was our first time there, and the first time I had been near an ocean in al­most thirty years! While I in­tended to spend a lot of time in the water—whose tem­per­a­ture was in the mid-50s—and be in­volved in sundry so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, I also planned on doing some reading. [Continue reading]

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we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden

WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR. Just the name of an event that took place al­most fifty years ago still con­jures im­ages in most peo­ple’s minds—regardless of age and often po­lit­ical and philo­soph­ical disposition—of youth in­no­cence joy, of music color summer, of end­less hori­zons and pos­si­bil­i­ties, of three days of peace and music. [Continue reading]

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babylon falling only strengthens our will to resist

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I was searching for some im­ages on the in­ternet for an ar­ticle, the title of which is long for­gotten. I stum­bled over a site that con­tained thou­sands of im­ages, all scanned from un­der­ground news­pa­pers and sim­ilar al­ter­na­tive and coun­ter­cul­ture pub­li­ca­tions. Black and white to full color, most of them re­pro­duced in what looked like full size! [Continue reading]

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a zen fable by underground comix genius fred schrier

ARTIST FRED SCHRIER ranks among the most fan­tastic and psy­che­delic artists of the Un­der­ground Comix Era of the late 1960s and early ’70s. He also ranks among the most under-appreciated. His solo work and his col­lab­o­ra­tions with Dave Sheridan cap­ture the sur­real and often whim­sical as­pects of the hippie lifestyle and the psy­che­delic ex­pe­ri­ence rarely noted by other artists—and never by the anti-psychedelic crowd. [Continue reading]