by Ron Whitehead
The older I get the more I realize I don’t know anything, no one does. We’re all guessing, feeling our way, grappling for answers. But every day I have encounters with the spirit world. We are all in perpetual motion, in transition, even when we are still, silent, listening. Listening is the greatest art of all. Not-knowing is the fundamental plowed earth of our being, not-knowing. It is our life source. Embrace the wind. Embrace my heart. Born to die, there is no safety, all is demanded. Expose yourself completely. Accept the consequences of your successes, and your failures, as no other dare. Enlightened mind is not special, it is natural. Present yourself as you are, wise fool. Don’t hesitate, embrace mystery paradox uncertainty. Have courage. Through fear, and boredom, have faith. Be compassion. Embrace the wind. Embrace your heart. Not-knowing is the fundamental plowed earth of our being. It is our life source. Not-knowing.
When GonzoToday Poetry Editor Ron Whitehead told us art legend and Hunter S. Thompson illustrator Ralph Steadman had agreed to create the official GonzoToday logo in his studio all of the staff and family of GT went stark raving mad. When we actually received the artwork this morning we were too stupefied to say much of anything at all other than a few grunts, sobs and wails of joy. It was beautiful, terribly confusing and the best New Years gift that had ever been given.
Ralph Steadman, born May 15, 1936 in Cheshire and raised in North Wales, is a world renowned cartoonist, illustrator and artist- made most famous by his work with Hunter S. Thompson to illustrate many of his greatest works including The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Curse of Lono and more. Steadman has also illustrated novels including the George Orwell classic, Animal Farm. Continue reading
The Easiest Way to Live Life Fully Is to Follow Your Weird
by Nathan Thompson, from Vice.com Dec. 22, 2014
Erik Davis is an author, scholar and connoisseur of the weird. He’s spent over 20 years exploring fringe movements, occult covens, and liminal cyberspaces, finding some time in between to become one of the world’s leading authorities on West Coast counterculture and write about everything from California’s alternative spiritual groups to Burning Man.
I recently spoke to him over Skype about psychedelics, conspiracy theories, and “haunted technology.”
VICE: The phrase “follow your weird” has been associated with you. What do you mean by that?
Erik Davis: It’s what I did instead of getting a normal job. I followed weirdness and wrote about it. The exploration of the unusual became a way of being. Most of the interesting people I’ve met did the same thing; characters like Terrence McKenna and Robert Anton Wilson—those guys were very good at following their weird.
Ruigoord is a former island and a village in the Houtrakpolder in the IJ lake in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Amsterdam.
In the 1960s the village was evacuated by the municipality of Amsterdam, which intended to extend its harbor, but the plans fell through. In 1973 the village was squatted by a group of artists who planned to make a colony. It exists to this day, but is legalized nowadays. Full moon parties are regularly organized in the psychedelic church. Every weekend, Fiery Tongues will tell the true story.