Monthly Archives: June 2011

Feeding The Krokodil

During the mid 1950’s William Burroughs wrote to Allen Ginsberg from Tangier, Morrocco regarding his experiences with liquid oxycodone. Sold over the counter in the International Zone under the German brand name Eukodol, he described at length spending extended periods of time locked away in his room, only moving to inject himself every two hours. He seemed to believe that the drug itself reflected a certain side of the German national character: “Trust the Germans to come up with some real evil shit.” One can only imagine how he would have tied Krokodil to the nihilistic post Soviet national mentality.

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First Contact

In 1976 Belgian documentarian Jean Pierre Dutilleux  traveled to the Earths most remote corners to film Tribal Journeys: A Window to Another World and Another Time, 13 episodes which took him from the Amazon to Papua New Guinea.

Here they make contact with the Toulambi, a Guinean aboriginal tribe that had previously never been exposed to the outside and modern world…one of the final holdouts from epochs past.

According to Duilleux, the Toulmambi “did not believe that white men existed, but if they did they must be ‘the walking dead’”

 

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Swami With A Rolls

The story of Osho—master, mystic, madman…

Trying to define Osho is like trying to imprison a rainbow or catch a cloud that’s floating through your room.

Like sand, he slips through your fingers: like a sparkling drops of dew, his magic vanishes with the rising sun of definition.

Samuel Johnson, in his Preface to Shakespeare, says that Shakespeare is not a pretty garden, but a great forest, a forest that is wild and wonderful.

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Armor of God

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Trotsky on Nietzsche

 
 
(Excerpts from On the Philosophy of the Superman)

 

If we must “speak well of the dead or say nothing at all,” in this case it is preferable to observe a respectful silence rather than obscure the social significance of the deceased by a flood of unctuous praise devoid of meaning. We can and we must have an impartial attitude towards the persons of our social enemies by according them the tribute owed to their sincerity and their varied individual virtues. But an enemy, if he is sincere or not, living or dead, remains an enemy, in particular an enemy who lives in his works even after his death. In remaining silent we commit a social crime: “Not opposing actively,” a famous Russian thinker said, “means supporting passively.” This should not be forgotten, even in the face of the tragedy of death.

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