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The Varieties of Psychonautic Experience: Erik Davis’s ‘High Weirdness’

By Michael Grasso Source: We Are the Mutants High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies By Erik Davis Strange Attractor Press/MIT Press, 2019 Two months ago, I devoured Erik Davis’s magisterial 2019 book High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Quest

By Jonathan Crow Source: Open Culture Saul Bass was one of the greatest graphic designers who ever lived. He created the logos for such ubiquitous organizations as AT&T, United Airlines and the Girl Scouts of America. He revolutionized the art … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Southland Tales

In defence of Southland Tales – Richard Kelly’s futuristic folly The director’s much-maligned second feature is a vigorous piece of pulp for the 21st century. By Dominic Jaeckle Source: Little White Lies It’s November 2016, and Richard Kelly is sat … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Endangered Species

A Strange Harvest: Alan Rudolph’s ‘Endangered Species’ By Michael Grasso, K.E. Roberts, Richard McKenna Source: We Are the Mutants GRASSO: When our esteemed editor-in-chief recommended we look this week at the little-heralded-nor-remembered Endangered Species from 1982, I was cautiously optimistic. A … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Hard To Be A God

Source: Kanopy When legendary Russian auteur Aleksei German died in 2013, he left behind this extraordinary final film, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky’s Stalker). Hard to … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Hotel Artemis

As rioting rocks Los Angeles in the year 2028, disgruntled thieves make their way to Hotel Artemis — a 13-story, members-only hospital for criminals. It’s operated by the Nurse, a no-nonsense, high-tech healer who already has her hands full with … Continue reading

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Cyberpunk: The Human Condition amid High-tech Alienation and Urban Dystopia

By Raymond Lam Source: BuddhistDoor.net I love the seashore and the countryside, but I have spent most of my life in cities, with little to no time spent in the country. I grew up in Brisbane, Australia (which, despite its … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Damned

“The Damned” (released as “These Are the Damned” in the USA) is a 1963 British science fiction film directed by blacklisted Hollywood expat Joseph Losey, produced by Hammer Film and starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors and Oliver … Continue reading

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