It is absurdly easy to dash off a list of sevens—the seven-day week, the seven wonders of the world, the seven seas, the seven deadly sins, the seven sleepers. It even appears in show business—The Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Why seven?
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For our book Women of Visionary Art, which was recently published by Inner Traditions, we interviewed 18 brilliant and extraordinarily talented female painters about how visionary experiences inspired and influenced their artwork. Here’s a sampling of selected quotes, and beautiful artwork, from the contributors to the book.
In March of 1992, William S. Burroughs underwent an exorcism — a healing ceremony led by Diné shaman Melvin Betsellie. Allen Ginsberg was visiting at the time and sat in on the ceremony. What follows is transcribed excerpts of 16 hours of recorded conversation between Burroughs and Ginsberg after the ceremony.
“The Scientist: An Evening with John C. Lilly” by Jon Leon Torn is a multimedia solo performance piece that depicts the spiritual and experimental journey of one of the most creative and controversial thinkers of the 20th century. He took some time out of rehearsals to chat with his brother, actor-director Tony Torn, about the piece.
From living next door to the Grateful Dead to a 80s new wave band with iconic guitarist Nels Cline to the psychedelic music, and spoken word stream Radio EarthRites to famed acid blotter art, Gwyllm Lwydd exemplifies a certain kind of renaissance man receiving too little attention in the media, and perhaps in history as well.