Occult book dealer and underground musician Richard Bishop talks about modern grimoires, scorpion gods, Orientalist imagery, and hunting down physical books in the age of the Internet.
Spiritual leader and integral theorist A. Hameed Ali talks truth in the post-truth era, the method of inquiry, science fiction, and his new book The Alchemy of Freedom,written under his pen name A. H. Almaas.
Joshua Tree homesteader and former Arthur editor Jay Babcock talks about turkey vultures, Vipassana, wildlife stewardship, and the communities of purpose he has discovered in the desert. jthomesteader.com
Canadian musician Sarah Davachi talks about analog synthesizers, reverberating cathedrals, attention spans, and her amazing new ambient drone album All My Circles Run.
Ecologist and wildlife tracker Meghan Walla-Murphy talks about following bears, reading the landscape, and cultivating relationships across species (and political) lines. http://www.meghanwallamurphy.com
Criminologist and law lecturer Charlotte Walsh talks about freedom of thought, neurotechnologies, religious exceptions, and how the role human rights might play in the decriminalization of psychedelics.
Media researcher and filmmaker Florian Cramer talks about 4chan, Pepe the Frog, memes, and the nihilism of the digital alt-right. For Florian’s dense mapping of the alt-right, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w94mQjxHkRs.
Former LSD chemist Tim Scully talks about acid idealism, magical thinking, biofeedback, and the Orange Sunshine history told in the new documentary The Sunshine Makers.
Photographer, artist, and ethnographer Shannon Taggart talks about Spiritualist mediums, ambiguity, orbs, and the metaphysics of photography. www.shannontaggart.com
Author, historian and curator Mike Jay talks about Bedlam, lunacy, Big Pharma, and the history of mental illness he covers in his new book This Way Madness Lies: The Asylum and Beyond.