This week New Yorkers can discover Parashakti, Erotic Poetry, Sitar with Dawoud, Planet 6362, Shahrazad's Showcase, East West Movie Night, Quantum Healing, Earthen Gardens and more.
Paul Krassner, creator of the classic satircal zine The Realist and co-founder of the Yippies!, was one of the funniest and most poignant satirical writers of the 1960s counterculture. In this interview he reflects on his 50 years of activism, and offers thoughts on today's world. "My advice for the future is to always remember that the political system is merely a buffer between the status quo and the force of evolution."
This year, Radiohead showed us that digital sales empower artists. They also forced the question: Why are we so concerned with the fiscal status of superstars?
The debate over westerners and Ayahuasca retreat centers in Iquitos has heated up since the Peruvian Government has begun proposing legislation that would demand that local shamans be certified. After drinking Ayahuasca in Iquitos this past month, I interviewed another lodge owner, Carlos Tanner. We spoke about how the west is beginning to influence traditional Ayahuasca medicine practice in Peru.
Is music "the religion of humanity," or is it just another commodity? And what happens when the situation is so indistinguishable from its shadow that separating the sincerity from the sale becomes impossible?