Monthly Archives: May 2022

One Ring

“The One Ring, also called the Ruling Ring and Isildur’s Bane, is a central plot element in J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–55). It first appeared in the earlier story The Hobbit (1937) as a magic … Continue reading

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Bad trip

“A bad trip (also known as challenging experiences, acute intoxication from hallucinogens, psychedelic crisis, or emergence phenomenon) is an acute adverse psychological reaction to classic hallucinogens. With proper screening, preparation, and support in a regulated setting these are usually benign. … Continue reading

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Paul Blackburn – The Journals (1975)

Robert Kelly, Preface from The Journals: “The Journals to my mind are Blackburn’s quintessential work, and demonstrate the way his work knew to go, the power of music he could charm out of everything that came his way, or even … Continue reading

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God – Werner Herzog (1972)

“Aguirre, the Wrath of God is a 1972 epic historical drama film produced, written and directed by Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski stars in the title role of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the … Continue reading

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In Which He Liked Frank O’Hara For The Same Reason He Had Not Liked Him Before – Kenneth Koch

Frank O’Hara with Grace Hartigan “The first thing of Frank O’Hara’s I ever read was a story in the Harvard Advocate in 1948. It was about some people drunkenly going up stairs. During the next year, when I was living … Continue reading

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North Beach History: When Bebop Filled The Night

Frank Phipps plays bass trumpet at The Cellar, c. 1959. “In 1951, while I was a high-school student, my girlfriend and I would make trips from Berkeley to the corner of Turk and Hyde streets in the Tenderloin. Here, at … Continue reading

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A Rainbow in Curved Air – Terry Riley (1969)

“A Rainbow in Curved Air is the third album by American composer Terry Riley, released in 1969 on CBS Records. The title track consists of Riley’s overdubbed improvisations on several keyboard and percussion instruments, including electric organ, electric harpsichord, dumbec, … Continue reading

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Jean-Paul Sartre & Albert Camus: Their Friendship and the Bitter Feud That Ended It

“At the end of World War II, as Europe lay in ruins, so too did its ‘intellectual landscape,’ notes the Living Philosophy video above. In the midst of this ‘intellectual crater’ a number of great thinkers debated ‘the blueprint for … Continue reading

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Apollo Theater

“The Apollo Theater is a music hall at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. It is a noted … Continue reading

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The War that Won’t Go Away – John Gregory Dunne (September 1986)

“Memorial Day, 1986. Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, President Ronald Reagan paid special attention, in his remarks, to ‘the boys of Vietnam…who fought a terrible and vicious war without enough support … Continue reading

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