The Points Interview — Mark Christensen

Editor’s Note:  Those who follow the Points Interview series know that Joe Spillane has managed this aspect of the blog since our founding.  While in today’s iteration we mourn Joe’s departure, we are also delighted to announce that Contributing Editor Ron Roizen has agreed to take over as our official interview steward.  A member of theContinue reading “The Points Interview — Mark Christensen”

Freaky Friday: Cross-Posting Gary Laderman on “LSD”

Editor’s Note: Today marks the third in a series of cross-postings from the Social Science Research Council’s Frequencies project– earlier posts from that “genealogy of spirituality” examined the AA Big Book and Marijuana.  Here, in a piece that’s sure to get that Freaky Friday groove on, Emory University Professor of Religion Gary Laderman explores LSD’sContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Cross-Posting Gary Laderman on “LSD””

Freaky Friday: Documents: Chester Anderson’s “Uncle Tim’$ Children”

Editor’s Note:  Recent ponderings on the place of drugs in the Occupy Wall Street encampments, plus our ongoing engagement with all matters psychedelic, has led Points to think about the counterculture.  As Dr. Dave Smith, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, noted in a talk that we posted here a few months back, drug useContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Documents: Chester Anderson’s “Uncle Tim’$ Children””

Freaky Friday: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Alien Nation: Queering Altered States

Editor’s note: Today’s Freaky Friday brings us again to the psychedelic borderlands, where University of Florida Professor of Women’s Studies and English Tace Hedrick talks about the mushroom trips of Gloria Anzaldúa– and their connections to her queer mestiza cosmology. Chicana lesbian feminist writer Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) is best known for her 1987 Borderlands/ laContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Alien Nation: Queering Altered States”

Freaky Friday: Exploring the “Secrets Mushroomic”: R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico

Editor’s Note: Today’s Freaky Friday brings Points readers the insights of Tace Hedrick, Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida and a specialist in 20th-century Latin American literature and culture.  Having written previously on Mestizo Modernisms, Hedrick is now at work on a study of national and cosmic identity discourseContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Exploring the “Secrets Mushroomic”: R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico”

Freaky Friday: Ayahuasca Past and Present

Editor’s Note:  In his short commentary on “The Stoned Ages” a couple of weeks ago, co-managing editor Joe Spillane mentioned that viewers who hoped to learn more about ayahuasca would be disappointed by the show, given its obsession with psilocybin mushrooms.  Reader, if he was talking about you, fret no more!  Counterprogramming against this weekend’sContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Ayahuasca Past and Present”

Freaky Friday: *Go Ask Alice* Forty Years Later

Editor’s Note: Former Contributing Editor, now Esteemed Guest Blogger Brian Herrera reminds us all what to do when logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.  His meditation is cross-posted from his Performations blog. Forty years ago, Go Ask Alice was published.  In the intervening years, it has remained in print and on library shelves, garneringContinue reading “Freaky Friday: *Go Ask Alice* Forty Years Later”

Freaky Friday: Grand Rounds with Dr. Dave Smith, Founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic

Thanks to the wonders of technology, Points readers interested in the secret history of addiction medicine and the psychedelic ’60s can check out a Grand Rounds talk that Dr. Dave Smith, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, gave at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in December of 2010.  (Click on the link above,Continue reading “Freaky Friday: Grand Rounds with Dr. Dave Smith, Founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic”

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