Joe Nolan’s Insomnia

Anaïs Nin at 110 0
by / on January 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Anaïs Nin at 110

Anaïs Nin was an American born to Hispanic/Cuban parents in France on February 21, 1903. Although we associate the author with Paris, she spent most of her life living in the U.S. A writer of essays, short stories and novels, Nin’s literary triumph was the publication of her diaries which chronicled more than six decades of experiences. Nin carried on […]

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Lost Hunter 0
by / on January 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Lost Hunter

I couldn’t find a date on this AP article (above) which chronicles a day in the life – and in the cups – with Hunter S. Thompson. His love of Chivas on full display, Thompson also stresses the importance of a big breakfast – what else would one expect from a proud son of the Bluegrass State? I found this […]

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Robert Hughes: Do Critics Go to Heaven? 0
by / on December 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Robert Hughes: Do Critics Go to Heaven?

As we talked about on <a href=”http://sittingnow.co.uk/2012/08/15/coincidence-control-network-file-032/”>this week’s episode of Coincidence Control Network</a>, Robert Hughes has slipped this mortal coil for that great rant in the sky. A consummate art critic, Hughes was as accessible as he was incisive — rather like the Carl Sagan of the cultural set, complete with his own blockbuster public television series. Hughes wrote for […]

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Brothers from Another Planet: Dennis McKenna’s Story 0
by / on November 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Brothers from Another Planet: Dennis McKenna’s Story

I haven’t seen this new book yet, but after hearing this Coast-to-Coast interview with Dennis McKenna, I can’t wait to read The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss – Dennis’s new memoir about his psychedelic adventures with his brother Terence. Has there been a more eloquent spokesperson for the psychedelic experience than Terence McKenna? For me, McKenna even eclipses early enthusiasts […]

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Kenneth Grant’s Magical Revival 0
by / on October 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia, Occult

Kenneth Grant’s Magical Revival

A controversial magician and writer, Kenneth Grant left his mark on the landscape of modern occultism. Grant’s book The Magical Revival plays a seminal role in the interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos – casting the fantastic tales as spiritual revelations and not just creepy monster epics. Grant also takes credit for bringing the occultist/artist Austin Osman Spare and his work […]

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House of the Devil 0
by / on August 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

House of the Devil

This 1970 documentary film by Ray Laurent profiles the Church of Satan and its founder, Anton LaVey. Satanis: The Devil’s Mass features footage of church rituals, interviews with church members and, of course, plenty of LaVey monologues, explaining what Satanic philosophy is all about.

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Who is Fritz Hats? 0
by / on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Who is Fritz Hats?

As some of you may know, I’m currently a Writer in Residence at the Main Library in Nashville, TN. This means I’ve been spending a lot of time downtown, close to my various beats near the 5th Avenue galleries and the art spots in The Arcade; blocks from The Contributor offices, and in eye-shot of Legislative Plaza where I had direct access to the goings-on during Occupy Nashville’s stand there.

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Chris Marker: Adieu to a Poet of Film 0
by / on August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in Joe Nolan's Insomnia

Chris Marker: Adieu to a Poet of Film

While directors as diverse as Michael Moore, Werner Herzog and Jean-Luc Godard have made films balanced between documented facts and manufactured fictions, it was French director Chris Marker who invented the film essay.

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