I caught up with Tom Robbins to hear more about the musical adaptation of one of his novels, and found him as nimble as ever as we wound up in a wide-ranging conversation about storytelling, God, creativity, language, laughter, and politics. What follows is Part 2 of a 2-part interview
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The carnival is the shadow of hierarchy. In every age, in every continent, it reappears as one answer to inequality. People return to the very parts of themselves that had to be repressed to fit in and highlight, exaggerate it in order to free themselves. The question today is, how are you going to return to yourselves?
We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. On a recent pilgrimage to Boom festival I witnessed a vibrant resurgence of psychedelic culture, a strong sense of oneness in a sea of global cultures, and a devout application of ecological principles.
Some months ago, a chap called Jan Irvin put out a request for funds to help him pursue a project concerned with unveiling a sinister Elite/CIA/NWO conspiracy. Irvin is attempting nothing less than a total rewrite of psychedelic history. What got me involved were his insinuations about Gordon Wasson. I put my foot in it and all hell broke loose.
system encircles and ensnares people, buildings and environments,
defining cities, credit-rating some higher, no matter their quality of
life, infrastructure buffers or exposure. This article explores technologies for smart cities to use the system
to better advantage, through more coherent measures, innovation policies
and incentives for livability.