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09.25.13 Backdoor Pharmacist

There’s a spectre hanging over hallucinogens, the spectre of 25I-NBOMe. It’s a substituted phenethylamine hallucinogenic and entactogenic stimulant. Chemically, it’s the N-benzyl derivative of the hallucinogen 2C-I. The addition of the 2-methyoxybenzyl made it an exceptionally potent 5-HT(2A) receptor agonist. They’re sold as “N-Bombs”, “2C-I-NBOMe”, “Smiles” or “25I”. I’m sure new and exciting street names […]

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06.14.13 Marina Galperina

At first glance, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess looks like a documentary filmed in the early ’80s. Then, you realize… This could be this year’s best new film. See chess software programmers spend several days in a crappy hotel. There’s a Swiss-style chess tournament: “We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach […]

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09.28.11 Marina Galperina

Designer Simon Bent’s Science Vs Delirium series tributes history’s greatest scientists, chemists and inventors with minimalist hybrids of Rorschach blotters and ’60s psychedelic graphics. Just like the lab housewife-dozing experiments with LSD of the 1950’s, their work took guts, curiosity and mind-altering leaps in thinking. […]

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06.16.11 Marina Galperina

The NYPL has purchased 335 boxes of papers, photos and videotapes from academic-turned-acid guru Timothy Leary. The documents feature detailed drop out session accounts with counter-culture celebs and scribbled gab on “the sexiest season in the long annals of the human race,” the summer of ’69. […]

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12.30.10 Marina Galperina

Time to re-approach LSD “without hysteria or hype?” Here’s BBC’s 1986 doc on the rise and fall of LSD, The Beyond Within featuring Albert Hoffman, Ken Kesey, political peoples and a wide-eyed aristocrat on Mescaline, uploaded in its entirety. Bonus: something vintage, mystical and long on salvia too. […]

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12.09.10 Marina Galperina

Photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto made these elegant photograms by electrocuting giant sheets of unexposed film with a 400,000-volt Van de Graaf generator “wand” in a darkroom. The “Lighting Field” series of organic, meotrite-inspired images are on view at the Pace Gallery now. Now see what this maniacal mofo looks like. […]

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08.04.10 Marina Galperina

His house was literally stuffed with drugs. Yet yesterday, Christopher Graham, the step-son of a UK lottery winner, told the court that he’s no supplier. See, he’s a hoarder. He only deals in blotter art. […]

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02.09.10 Bucky Turco

When she was coming up, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga assumed artists had to live like rock stars to be a rock star and found herself doing mounds of blow in an effort to emulate her favorite idols, sometimes to the brink of death. In an a forthcoming new biography, “LADY GAGA: Just […]

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