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The Junky’s Christmas

Back in 1993, The Junky’s Christmas by William S. Burroughs, was made into a short claymation film. It was directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and narrated by Mr. Burroughs himself. If you haven’t already watched it, it’s a treat for Burroughs and animation fans alike.

You can watch the short film in its entirety below:

h/t Dangerous Minds.

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DC Talk – Secret Chiefs of the Illuminati?

DCCoverOh, the weird shit you find on the internets. To preface this, earlier in the week I quite randomly had a dream that featured the impressively god awful Christian rap group DC Talk (which I wrote about on Facebook, Friend me). In this dream, I was in a classroom where DC Talk showed up to perform. We couldn’t believe our teacher actually thought this was something that we’d find interesting. So we students just mockingly encouraged them all hipster irony style as they did their crappy thing. Didn’t seem like there was a lot of substance to the dream, but upon waking up I realized that the only reason I’d heard of DC Talk in the first place had to do with them being forced on us in Church youth group as a kid. The dream had an incredibly similar vibe. “Hey kids, stop listening to that satanic secular music, these guys are church approved.” Being impressionable and somewhat open to the idea, those of us in the youth group took the tape home and gave it a listen just to discover that, wow, this is the worst rap group ever.… Read the rest

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25 Days Of Creepy Christmas, Day 17: Horror Movies That Are Also About Christmas

desktop-1417806976via Viral Nova:

Most of us know the Christmas movie classics like Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and many more. But if you’re not in the mood for that sentimental and gooey Christmas specials, you can add a little bit of grit to your Christmas cheer with some alternative movies. These creepy Christmas flicks will hit you like a heavily spiked egg nog.

1. Gremlins

A kid receives a very mysterious pet for Christmas, and carelessly disregards the three important rules in caring for the pet. This will turn out to be his greatest mistake.

2. Black Christmas

A murderous psycho invades a house of sorority girls who should have went home for Christmas break.

Read More: http://www.viralnova.com/scary-christmas-movies/

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Art, Artifice, and Entheodelic Storytelling

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For my inaugural podcast, Electric Lyre: Alterations of Consciousness, I sat down with J.F. Martel (author of Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice) and Benton Rooks (Disinfo writer and author of the graphic novels KALI YUGA and TRETA YUGA).

In the tradition of the multi-hour podcasts I find myself often listening to – like The Joe Rogan Experience and DTFH – we rambled on art, culture, and consciousness for nearly 2 hours. Benton discussed his work with KALI and TRETA YUGA, two of his graphic novels, the notion of entheodelic storytelling, and J.F. Martel talked about his upcoming publication through North Atlantic Books – Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice: A Treatise, Critique, and Call to Action.

We also explored the topic of art commonly labeled in psychedelic counterculture as “visionary,” or “psychedelic.” For our part, Benton, Graham Hancock, Rak Razam and myself developed the term “entheodelic” as a means to describe art that is intentionally spiritual, or mystical: initiatory art. “Etheodelica is an anti-brand with zero dogma,” Benton writes here, “an international paradigm that exists to respect and explore the central mystery of consciousness.”

I hope you’ll enjoy my foray into the podcasting world, Disinfonauts.… Read the rest

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The insane history of how American paranoia ruined and censored comic books

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secretlondon123 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

via Vox:

One of the most hurtful things you can say to a comic book reader is that comic books are for kids.

It’s a chilling insult that the stuff they read — the stuff they love — never advanced beyond its funny-page beginnings. But it’s also — often unknown to comics fans — a blunt reminder of one of the worst things to ever happen to comic books.

Some 60 years ago, during the era of McCarthyism, comic books became a threat. The panic culminated in a Senate hearing in 1954. This, of course, isn’t to say that McCarthyism and the comic book panic were comparable in their human toll. But they share the same symptoms of American fear and a harsh, reactive response to it.

The reaction to the suspected scourge was the Comics Code — a set of rules that spelled out what comics could and couldn’t do.

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Animated Film of Bukowski’s “Bluebird” Poem

This is one of my favorite poems, rivaling “A Man Young and Old” by Yeats.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.… Read the rest

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The Hermit Caves of Romania

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noridamar (CC BY-SA 2.0)

These are awesome. Be sure to head over to Mysterious Universe to see more photos.

via Mysterious Universe:

Romania consists of 41 counties, and situated in the southern interior is one called Buzău.  This county is home to some 400,000 people and it hosts the southern end of the Eastern Carpathian Mountain range.  It also hosts, in those mountains, a wonderful gem of culture and architecture.  Several, in fact.

There’s a commune, known as Colţi, nestled into the curvature of the Carpathian Mountains (yes, the mountain range that loaned its name to the evil Vigo the Carpathian of Ghostbusters II, among other characters) which consists of a number of small villages.  These villages, such as Aluniş and Nucu, are the surviving remnants of an ancient troglodyte community.

Now, lest you take that in the wrong direction, the people who lived there circa 1050-1280 AD were anything but ignorant.  The word troglodyte applies because they dwelled in caves carved into the mountain.  There are a number of cave complexes through the region of Colţi, consisting of dwellings, storage spaces, and churches.  In fact, the oldest surviving Eastern Orthodox Church is a cave in Aluniş, dedicated to the Decollation of Saint John the Baptist.

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Bardo Bears & Gnostic Exploration: An interview with Kyle Fite

Kyle Fite is a metaphysical artist, blogger, gamer, shaman, and all around talented guy. His artwork focuses on Western occult tradition, Eastern spirituality and all philosophical points in between. His work has been featured in many occult journals and can be seen on the covers of several books from occult or specialty presses. This year he began a comic series and published a tarot deck.

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Imhotep-Master Builder

 

Aonie Anfa: Your art is a heady mix of ceremonial magic, archetype and the occasional pop culture reference. It’s quite visionary! How much of a lasting influence did figures like Kenneth Grant and Crowley have or continue to have on your artwork? Are there any other occult writers that majorly influence your art or inspire you?

Kyle Fite: Thank you. In my personal “line of work,” I really don’t see a hard and fast line dividing literary influences from the visual.… Read the rest

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Christopher Nolan Talks About 5th Dimensional Time Space Perceptual Entities on Stephen Colbert

While watching this the other night it seemed pretty standard and then I got to the end and was like: Huh? What? Did that just happen? Transcript for those too lazy to watch (or in case the video gets yanked):

Colbert: Are we happening now or is this us watching ourselves in the past? Do you believe that, do you believe that all time is happening at once?

Nolan: I believe that if you were capable of living in a 5th dimensional world, if you were a 5th dimensional creature, you could in fact view time as a spacial dimension. So your idea of cause and effect would have to be completely rewritten.

Colbert: You did not answer my question.

Why is this compelling? Because that’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone talk about this straight up Occult concept on anything anywhere near this high profile. You don’t even see it mentioned on shit like Ancient Aliens where they keep talking about “actual flesh and blood extraterrestrials,” quite hilariously missing the point.… Read the rest

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John Lennon death anniversary: Legendary Beatles singer shot dead by Mark David Chapman

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Roy Kerwood (CC BY 2.5)

via New York Daily News:

(Originally published by the Daily News on Dec. 09, 1980. This story was written by Patrick Doyle, Robert Lane and Hugh Bracken.)

Former Beatle John Lennon, the 40-year-old lead singer of the most popular rock group in history, was shot to death last night as he stepped from a limousine outside his home in the Dakota, an exclusive apartment building on Central Park West and 72d St.

Police arrested a suspect, “described as a local screwball,” minutes after the shooting and charged him with Lennon’s murder. The “smirking” suspect, identified as Mark David Chapman, 25, of Hawaii, was seen in the vicinity of the Dakota for several hours before the shooting and reportedly had hounded Lennon for an autograph several times in the last three or four days.

Lennon and his Japanese-born wife, Yoko Ono, were returning to their apartment from a recording session when the shots rang out.

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