Last week British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke passed away, but he's left us a moving video to remember him by.
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Many remember Yippie! founder Abbie Hoffman for pranks like the levitation of the Pentagon during a 1967 march against the Vietnam War (witnesses insist that it really did happen). As the new film Chicago 10 brings Abbie's brilliance to a new generation, it's good to recall, as this interview shows, that the left's leading trickster figure was a sober, serious strategist who grounded his antics in theory. [An RS Encore Presentation]
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."
[Sex and Spirit] • In this podcast, Jamye and I discuss Morgan Spurlock’s newest film, What Would Jesus Buy?. Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping embark on a difficult and hilarious spiritual crusade across America to save Christmas from consumerism. “If we could change Christmas, we could change the whole year,” says the good reverend. Could one movie do all this? PLAY PODCAST
Journalist Thomas Laird spent three years in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama, interviewing him – and arguing with him – about the vast span of Tibetan history. The book that emerged from their conversations, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama is at once intimate and far-ranging, a unique combination of oral history and journalistic mission.
Powerful entheogenic substances were clearly utilized by the shamans and skywatchers working in the ancient Mayan city of Izapa. The profound integration of celestial, psychological, ritual, and mythopoeic elements found at Izapa bespeaks the psychedelic influence. Could the use of hallucinogens explain how the ancient skywatchers became aware of the Galactic Center? And what mysteries does the Galactic Center contain?