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126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
San Francisco, California | Moscone Center, 9 – 12 August 2018

Detroit Psychedelic Conference
Detroit, Michigan | St.Matthew’s Church, 10 – 12 August 2018

High Times Cannabis Cup  – for the first time in Alaska
Wasila, Alaska | Settlers Bay Golf Course, 11 – 12 August 2018

Coding the World: Mutations/Creations # 2
Paris, France| | Centre Pompidou, 15 June – 27 August 2018

Mãe d’Agua Sacred Medecine Festival
Alto Paraïso, Goias, Brazil | 12 January – 3 February 2019

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The Prodigal Son
Ry Cooder
«In a very real sense then, The Prodigal Son lives up to its title, a return to his earliest archival sounds». (Lee Zimmerman) Whether playing folk rock with Taj Mahal in the sixties in the Rising Sons, as a member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band on Safe As Milk, recording with Mali’s Ali Farka Touré, working with the Chieftains or gathering Cuban musicians to celebrate the island’s music as the Buena Vista Social Club, Cooder has showered our ears with unusual and delectable vibrations. The Prodigal Son takes him back to the beginning when he recorded old blues, gospel, folk, and swing tunes reflecting his musical past as an example of the historical present. Though not obviously so at first, Ry Cooder continues on the road of political involvement by inciting us to fight for justice while proving once more that there is no better rhythm guitarist.
Fantasy, May 2018

Both Directions at Once
John Coltrane
How lucky we are to be gifted with a full new album by the giant of jazz, based on recordings made at Rudy van Gelder’s legendary studio in Englewood Cliff, NJ, in 1963! The 14 track, two-disc album sounds as fresh as if it had been recorded yesterday, featuring John Coltrane’s classic quartet: McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Next to previously released tracks such as Nature Boy and Impressions, it is entirely comprised of new material showing Coltrane at the height of his solo career and his brand of abstract, yet melodious jazz at the pinnacle of popularity and meaning. «Listening to Coltrane, particularly in his prime, in the nineteen-sixties, is among the best musical experiences that exist.» (Richard Brady)
Impulse, June 2018

Feels Like Summer & Summertime Magic
Childish Gambino
Part of a two-track package called Summer Park, these two new creations by Donald Glover, aka as Childish Gambino, highlight the exceptional vocal talent of the musician who might be seen as the successor of Marvin Gaye. They stand far apart from his last, highly political release This is America, which we introduced in our last goodnews. Summer Park was written and produced by Gambino and his longtime collaborator Ludwig Göransson as a promotional single announcing the release of his forthcoming album. Their breeziness and happy mood make these tracks ideal summer hits.

goodnews editorial

The city, with its multitudes, its noise and its thrash has become obsolete for many, like before, when hippies strove back to nature and founded their country communes, no money but high expectations. The city has become obsolete, and it is easier than ever to leave now, laptop in one arm, child in the other, belongings in a rented truck. Nature beckons and greens, and when it gets cold, an airplane is waiting to fly us to warmer skies. Those fleeing the city are hoping for more time and community out in the country, for fewer distractions, less commerce and less plastic. And when in dearth of culture, their car soon takes them back to where they came from for a day or two. Just that nature grows less wholesome that way unless we become more natural ourselves and live with the earth rather than only out of town. I hope you will have a chance to leave the city now and then during this hot summer. And that your harvest will be plentiful should you already live close to the land.
On 17 August, it will be two years since Dieter Hagenbach left us. We miss him.

With warm summer wishes,
Susanne G. Seiler


his approach
to love he said
was that of a farmer
most love like
hunters and like
hunters most kill
what they desire
he tills
soil through toes
nose in the wet
earth he waits
prays to the gods
and slowly harvests
ever thankful

Suheir Hammad

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How Soon Is Now? The Handbook of Social Change

Daniel Pinchbeck
Introduction by Russell Brand, Preface by Sting
«The actions we take over the next decade are critical. They will determine the destiny of our descendants and the fate of our world. How Soon is Now? presents a compelling manifesto for personal and planetary change. It proposes a new narrative for a unified social movement. Through global cooperation, we can face this collective threat – ecologically, socially, politically, and spiritually. We can launch a new operating system for human society based on regenerative principles. Accepting this crisis as our initiation, we can choose to evolve to the next level of consciousness as a species. We can do more than survive: we can thrive.»
PenguinRandomHouse, July 2018

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Time

Kate Davies
«We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task. Intrinsic Hope offers an antidote to these feelings. It shows how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment and a dismal view of the future. As an alternative, the author offers «intrinsic hope,» a powerful, liberating, and positive approach to life based on having a deep trust in whatever happens. Davies shows how to cultivate intrinsic hope through practical tips and six mindful habits for living a positive, courageous life in these troubled times.»
New Society Publishers, Mai 2018

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandala, Edited by Sahm Venter 
«Organised chronologically, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison. After eighteen years, he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were isolated and confined to a rooftop cell. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children.»
Norton, June 2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Otessa Moshfegh
«A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?»
Penguin Books, July 2018

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
«Set in Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s violent reign, this is the story of a sheltered girl and her teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways.»
PenguinRandomHouse, July 2018

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High Choices
psychoactive | The Guardian, 25 June 2018
A purchaser’s guide to weed

High Visibility
science | Physics-Astonomy, 28 June 2018
Vesta in the night sky

An appreciation
culture | Psychedelic Press, 29 June 2018
Howard Marks revisited

Just not married
life | Lenny Letter, 3 July 2018
Nigerian weddings

psychoactive | CNN, 3 July 2018
Ayahuasca works

Shadow World
life | Reality Sandwich, 7 July 2018
Wilderness in the soul

While you were sleeping
psychoactive | PsyPost, 9 July 2018
Rest on cannabis

eco | Mongabay, 10 July 2018
Meet the CryptoKitties

Feeling tired?
life  | Healing Oracle, 13 July 2018
Fighting that woozy feeling

life  | Educate, Inspire, Change, present issue
Being thankful is good for you

science | The Independent, 16 July 2018
The man behind the expanding universe

psychoactive | Aeon, 17 July 2018
Is the psychedelic experience universal?

science | Techly, 18 July 2018
Saturn as recorded by Cassini

Many moons
science | NYT, 18 July 2018
The satellites of Jupiter

Tidal waves
eco | Ecohustler, 19 July 2018
The only engineless cargo ship

Waxing & waning
science | New Scientist, 20 July 2018
Sun changes in size

Filet gumbo
life | Alternet, 21 July, 2018
Raising the Profile of Gullah/Geechee cuisine

life | Collective Evolution, 21 July 2018
Are you intelligent?

Sharing is caring
psychoactive  | Sci News Reporter, 22 July 2018
Marijuana not from Mars!

Less plastic
eco | Return to Now, 22 July 2018
Marriott bans a billion straws

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Light of Existence is a blog in German and English by the musician and composer Marcel Levermann, featuring analyses, philosophical excursions, insights, poetry as well other texts related to philosophy, nonduality and art.
Ralph Abrahams, chaos mathematician, DMT explorer and Lindisfarne member


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