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Burroughs on Scientology 0
by / on September 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Burroughs on Scientology

As always, I’ve been reading a bunch of books lately. One of the most interesting is a William Burroughs biography that specifically focuses in on the author’s involvement with the Church of Scientology. Most fans of The Beats know that Burroughs joined the church for a short time during which he became enamored of their scientific approach to the treatment […]

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RE/Searching for Brion Gysin 0
by / on July 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

RE/Searching for Brion Gysin

RE/Search Publishing was founded in 1980 by V. Vale and Andrea Juno. According to the Wiki, the San Fransisco-based company was originally funded by $100 they were given by Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. This is an interesting fact as RE/Search becomes known as a magazine – eventually in book form – that celebrated Western countercultural ancestors while simultaneously seeking […]

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The Little Prince at 70 0
by / on July 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

The Little Prince at 70

In France, the publishing world is falling over itself to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s modern book of parables, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). In the book, the title character relates the story of his cosmic adventures to a downed pilot on Earth. Since its writing in 1943, the book has sold more than 145 million […]

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A Chaos Primer 0
by / on May 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia, Occult

A Chaos Primer

Happened across the new The Invisibles Omnibus edition on Amazon today. Hope to get my hands on that for a review on the podcast soon. I read the series in TPB form years ago, following all the details with the excellent Anarchy For The Masses: The Disinformation Guide to the Invisibles. I was reminded of what a great series this […]

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Underground Trips 0
by / on April 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Underground Trips

This is a travel piece about Amsterdam’s banning of psychedelic mushrooms in 2008 and the resulting rise of a new industry offering truffles inoculated with psilocybin. Meeting with the affable and opportunistic “Truffle Brothers,” this HAMILTON’S PHARMACOPEIA episode traces the recent history of magic mushrooms in the Netherlands, questions the dubious claims that lead to their banning – including the […]

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Hitler’s Youth 1
by / on March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia, Video

Hitler’s Youth

Hollywood usually blows it when it comes to conspiracy theory movies, but in 1978 they got it right. Here is Wiki’s take on The Boys from Brazil: Young, well-intentioned Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg) stumbles upon a secret organization of Third Reich war criminals holding clandestine meetings in Paraguay and realizes that Dr Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck), the infamous Auschwitz doctor, […]

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Bawdy Beginnings 0
by / on February 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Bawdy Beginnings

“As soon as moving cameras were invented people began using them to make pornographic films…” So starts Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema – a one hour documentary that examines the earliest days of the dirty movie biz. As the quote suggests, Taboo argues that nude/erotic/pornographic films were some of the first expressions created with moving picture technology. But, that […]

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Wallace Berman’s Mystic Cinema 0
by / on February 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Wallace Berman’s Mystic Cinema

Wallace Berman was born in Staten Island, New York in 1926. While he was still a child, he correctly predicted that he would die on his 50th birthday. He was hit by a car in 1976. During those five decades, Berman became a pioneering assemblage artist as well as one of the cornerstones of the post WWII California art scene. […]

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