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Salt Lake City Psychedelic Therapy & Research
Intermountain Psychedlics Symposium
SLC Library/Sheraton Hotel | Salt Lake City, 17 – 18 January 2020
Psychedelic Peer Support Workshop
TBA | Salt Lake City, 19 January 2020
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Rotterdam | till 12 April 2020
Bicycle Day 2020: The Psychedelic Renaissance (only in German)
In 2018, on 19 April (Bicycle Day), the GaiaMedia Foundation, Nachtschatten Verlag and the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy (SÄPT) organised a one-day conference «75 Years of LSD» near Basel, with numerous speakers and lectures related to psychedelic culture. Due to the lively interest of the audience, we have decided to organise such a conference again on 18 April 2020 named «The Psychedelic Renaissance». Psychonautical culture is currently arriving in the middle of society, we are witnessing a psychedelic renaissance. Whether in research and medicine, for spiritual growth, for recreational use or for the optimisation of daily life: psychedelic substances and states of consciousness are experiencing a new status today that has little in common with the old clichés.
Further information on www.bicycleday.ch
Münchenstein bei Basel | Hotel Hofmatt, 18 April 2020
Psychedelic Liberty Summit
Brava Theater Center
San Francisco | 25 and 26 April 2020
Making Sense: Psychedelic Science
Sam Harris speaks with Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. He is author of over three-hundred-and-eighty journal articles and book chapters and has trained more than fifty postdoctoral research fellows. Griffiths has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, to numerous pharmaceutical companies in the development of new psychotropic drugs, and as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence for the World Health Organization.
Outside/In – Chasing the Light
Transformed tree in Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Tree Symphony
From the ancient charcoal animals of France’s Chauvet Cave to seventeenth century windmill paintings, art history can tell us a lot about our evolving view of the natural world. In this episode, produced Taylor Quimby (a self-descried art-world neophyte) searches for the individual works and genres through history that reveal something interesting about human society and the outdoors. Outside/In is a show about the natural world and how we use it. You don’t have to be a whitewater kayaker, an obsessive composter or a conservation biologist to love it. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been outdoors. In short, it’s a show for almost everyone. Outside/In is a production of NHPR, New Hampshire Public Radio.
Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando
Théâtre de Chaillot, Paris, 20 December 2018
Here, choreographer, dancer, historian singer François Chaignaud and director Nino Laisné offer their very own interpretation of the legendary Orlando figure. Gender and epoch boundaries blur in an imaginary Spain between dream and tradition. In each of the three acts François Chaignaud shows himself in a new guise: As Doncella Guerrera, a woman who goes to war disguised as a man and would rather die than be married against her will, as San Miguel, a provocative archangel on stilts with a winking reference to the religious processions in central Spain, and finally as Tarara, a gypsy in flamenco costume, torn between gender ambivalence and religious fervour. François Chaignaud is accompanied by four musicians playing bandoneon, viola, theorbo, viola de gamba and traditional percussion instruments).
ARTE Concert, available till 14 January 2020.
Charles Lloyd Quartet – Montreux Jazz Festival 1967
Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Ron McClure and Jack DeJohnette
“This is the Charles Lloyd Quartet hitting the peak of its powers during its brief lifetime that had begun on record with Dream Weaver, recorder on 29 March 1966, and would end with its implosion in late 1968. It was recorded during their summer 1967 tour of Europe that had produced Live in the Soviet Union the previous month and through the Montreux set shares two titles with it: ‘Sweet Georgia Bright’ and ‘Love Song to a Baby,’ the extent to which the quartet had begun to make use if the kind of dissonance and abstraction associated with free jazz comes as something of a revelation.” Stuart Nicholson
TBS, December 2019
South of the Border
Ed Sheeran (feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)
In July, South of the Border was released on Sheeran’s YouTube channel, while the heavily styled music video by the same name was also released on Sheeran’s YouTube channel in early October. In the video Sheeran plays Teddy Fingers, Cabello plays Mariposa, and Cardi B appears as herself, alongside actress Alexis Ren as Scarlet Jones and actor Paul Karmiryan as Agent X. The play shows the stark contrasts between the rich gangsters who make big money in Mexico. With this parody, Sheeran has delivered a protest song was written for Generation Z. Only few can afford this level of perfection! Bizarre. (sgs)
Atlantic, July and December 2019
The last of the most famous trio in psychedelic history is no more: in 2019, we did not only lose Ralph Metzner but now also Ram Dass. The latter died in his home on Maui, on Sunday 22 December. We met in the early Eighties, at Timothy Leary’s house on Wonderland Drive, in LA, when the famous guru happened to be considering if he would not rather be Richard Alpert again. On the way to a party at longevity specialist Roy Walford’s in Venice, Tim and Richard, who was driving us, had a heated argument. “Life is a vale of tears,” intoned the author of Be Here Now, the hippie Hindu bible of 1971, with two million copies sold worldwide. “We must do everything in our power to alleviate the suffering of the world!” “That’s the most awful thing I’ve ever heard you say, Dick!” Tim shot back from the co-driver’s seat, a half-full glass of Pimm’s in his right hand. “Life is a glorious adventure, a heady ride we should enjoy to the fullest!” And to Barbara (his wife), Dieter (Hagenbach, his publisher) and me (Susanne), sharing the back seat: “So why are you so quiet back there?” “We’re listening and learning,” I answered, somewhat ironically, when Barbara and Dieter didn’t speak up. At the party, it was plain to see why it was not so easy for Richard to stop being Ram Dass – so many people adored him, wanted to be near him and sought his advice, and though he knew I wasn’t necessarily one of them, he also enveloped me in one of his famous bear hugs upon leaving the next day. Thanks for the love, thanks for the light and thanks for your great compassion, Baba!
Dear friends and readers – here we would like to offer our best wishes for a positive and benevolent 2020.
From the heart,
Susanne G. Seiler
as if God spilt salt
on his midnight tablecloth
as if Gibran’s Ugly
had flung Beauty’s cloak
across the waters –
its soft light muted
as if star by blue star
remembered the loss of each mother
and lit her face for a thousand years
as if matariki*
leapt off calendar pages
turning in my veins
down through my fingers
bending to pluck
a purple orchid.
Selina Tulsitala Marsh
*Maori Harvest Festival
The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
H.P.Lovecraft (Author), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor)
In this follow-up to the 2014 book by the same name, twenty-five more Lovecraft stories are re-presented as well as a number of never-before-seen revisions and collaborations with other authors. Included are “Rats in the Wall”, a post–First World War story about the terrors of the past and the newly contextualised “The Horror at Red Hook,” which has been adapted recently by Victor LaValle. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, offering a revelatory volume in which the author’s story-writing method is uncovered, his vivid dreams are recorded and first drafts of stories are seen in immaturity. In addition to his ground-breaking writing, we glimpse a personal side of Lovecraft: his favourite stories are highlighted and his vulnerability as a young writer is obvious.
W.W. Norton, October 2019
Spellwork for Self-Care – 40 Spells to Soothe the Spirit
For those who want to infuse their self-care routine with a little magic, this guidebook provides readers with simple spells to enhance their daily lives. Topics range from relationships and emotional health to self-love, work, school, and more. This book of 40 spells combines witchy spiritual practices with our culture’s hunger for self-care, creating a compact resource for those seeking alternate paths to better mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Self-care is about a lot more than bubble baths. Even when the action is as minor as taking half a day off for mental health, caring for yourself is a small, one-person, rebellion.
Penguin Random House, December 2019
The Banished Immortal – A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)
In his own time (701–762), Li Bai’s poems – shaped by Daoist thought and characterised by their passion, romance, and lust for life – were never given their proper due by the official literary gatekeepers. Nonetheless, his lines rang out on the lips of court entertainers, tavern singers, soldiers, and writers throughout the Tang dynasty. Today, Bai’s verses are still taught to China’s schoolchildren and recited at parties and toasts; they remain an inextricable part of the Chinese language. Ha Jin draws on a wide range of historical and literary sources to weave the great poet’s life story. He follows Bai from his origins on the western frontier to his ramblings travels as a young man to the poet’s later years—in which he became swept up in a military rebellion that altered the course of China’s history—and the mysterious circumstances of his death, which are surrounded by legend.
Knopf Doubleday, December 2019
A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel
In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them we find Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Along with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.
Bloomsbury Publishing, January 2019
This book shows you how to become an active participant in your tarot readings. It encourages you to engage with your life’s purpose and strengthen your sense of self. With this new approach, you’ll learn to get “off book” and add a proactive element to your practice. Divination is only the first step—once you have the information from your reading, what will you do with it? The author presents effective techniques and spreads from both traditional and intentional reading methods, making it easy to discover which ones work best for you. Designed with different learning styles in mind, Intentional Tarot provides everything you need to understand the cards, develop your personal style, and take action for a successful future.
Llewellyn, January 2020
eco | Guardian, 27 November 2019
How to shrink your footprint
Too big to fail
science | Live Science, 30 November 2019
Chinese scientists discover gigantic black hole
culture | Bain Pickings, December 2019
The anatomical drawings of Paul Sougy
culture | Guardian, 4 December 2019
French shoppers undercut milk cartel
science | Live Science, 5 December 2019
Nineteen planets without dark matter
What to like
life | BPS Research Digest, 10 December 2019
Ten good traits in each of us
science | Guardian, 11 December 2019
First commercial electric airplane takes off in Vancouver
science | Inverse, 11 December 2019
Human(oid)s to have vocalised much earlier than assumed
culture | NYT, 11 December 2019
Indonesia: earliest hunting scenes show hybrid beings
eco | Inverse, 11 December 2019
Supersponge absorbs oil spills but repels water
psychoactive | Mic, 13 December 2019
Is marihuana an anti-depressant?
life | Inverse, 16 December 2019
Marihuana no longer “drug of abuse” in baseball league
science | Inverse, 16 December 2019
Vaping damages your lungs
science | Independent, 16 December 2019
Unexplained lights in the sky could be communication structures
eco | The Economist, 19 December 2019
The green impact on consumer habits
culture | Mic, 19 December 2019
Sounds to soothe you
eco | The Economist, 19 December 2019
Transparent solar cells to glaze office blocks
eco | Ecohustler, 19 December 2019
Stand for the trees
science | Army Times, 20 December 2019
Soldiers’ footwear to generate electricity