psychedelic mushrooms and the origins of santa claus

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THE IMAGE OF SANTA CLAUS in a sleigh pulled by flying rein­deer that al­lows him to visit bil­lions of house­holds around the globe in a single night is usu­ally taken for granted. It is so much a part of “tra­di­tional” western pop cul­ture that San­ta’s origins—especially the mag­ical parts—are rarely con­sid­ered by most people. [Continue reading]

patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

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I DON’T FOLLOW EDITORIAL CARTOONING, al­though I cer­tainly ap­pre­ciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many bril­liant in­di­vid­uals who com­bine po­lit­ical and so­cial in­sight with in­tel­li­gence and with along with the ability to draw! [Continue reading]

we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

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WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the nation.” [Continue reading]

michael sowa is composed surreally cryptic

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WHILE I WAS PLAYING with themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and ex­pla­na­tion for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this sur­re­ally cryptic painting by Michael Sowa and used it as the page’s fea­tured image. [Continue reading]

wild wild western washington

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THE CASCADES are a range of moun­tains that cut a wild and wide slash through the state of Wash­ington from top to bottom. That part of the state be­tween the Pa­cific Ocean and those moun­tains is Western Wash­ington; that part be­tween the moun­tains and the rest of the United States is Eastern Washington. [Continue reading]

evgeny kiselev and the invisible landscape

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PSYCHEDELIC ART is not easily de­fined. Wikipedia de­fines it as “any art in­spired by psy­che­delic ex­pe­ri­ences known to follow the in­ges­tion of psy­choac­tive drugs such as LSD and psilo­cybin. The word ‘psy­che­delic’ means ‘mind man­i­festing.’ By that de­f­i­n­i­tion, all artistic ef­forts to de­pict the inner world of the psyche may be con­sid­ered psy­che­delic.” [Continue reading]