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The New School’s “Altered States of Consciousness” Conference

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The surest way to make dope boring is to have a bunch of shrinks get up and talk about it. Back in January I received a nice-looking pamphlet promoting a conference at the New School on "Altered States of Consciousness." Being an unrepentant aficionado of altered states myself, I figured I’d register and go check [&hellip
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Heaven or Las Vegas: Loving the Disneyland of the Desert

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Heaven or Las Vegas Loving the Disneyland of the Desert Las Vegas is the spiritual heart of America. It is our Jerusalem, our Rome, our Mecca. It looms over the desert like a neon Stonehenge, glittering and glowing, pulsating with hope, the throbbing center of the classic rags-to-riches dumb-luck American Dream. There is a very [&hellip
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A New Life of Aleister Crowley

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Books, Posts

Do What Thou Wilt by Lawrence Sutin (St. Martin’s Press 483 pages, $27.95) Aleister Crowley comes to mind, here. Crowley failed at the task, mainly owing to hubris and a general inability to focus his agenda, but he lived large for quite a while and cut one hell of a swath. Numerous biographers and essayists [&hellip
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The Best Things About Being A Middle-Aged Guy in New York

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Best of Manhattan, Posts

The idea of aging used to terrify me. America, young, randy and so fashionably decadent, worships youth. Coming up on 40, I became so neurotic about not having achieved any level of what could be termed "worldly success" whatsoever that I actually took to consulting a shrink for a while, a fruitless endeavor for anyone [&hellip
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Glomming Free Internet Swag

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Fortunately, they were giving away a lot of interesting swag. I got about 20 pounds of it (including the printed matter) in a fast 40-minute pass through the event before I caved in and left to smoke, never to return. The swag is really the only reason to attend these events. I’ll never have to [&hellip
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Elephant Walk: Triumph of the W

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Elephant Walk Triumph of the W I’ve always loved circuses and I have an abiding fondness for whores. The coronation of George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention last week in Philadelphia was the Cirque du Soleil of contemporary American politics, a slick and brilliantly choreographed Nuremberg rally of friendly fascism. The delegates were [&hellip
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