Dec 11, 2017

a Fada Verde

Affiche belge pour l' "Absinthe Robette" 1898

Absinthe, a thriving business

ca. 1900

The rapidly increasing popularity of absinthe led to the founding of distilleries in every region of France: 65 in and around Paris, 52 in Bordeaux, 45 in Marseille, 25 in Pontarlier, 18 in Lyon and 12 in Dijon. Wormwood was key – everything evolved around its cultivation, distillation, and trade.
Nearly every town had its own distillery, and the staggering number of brands, absinthes, and recipes made it difficult for consumers to choose between them. Taking advantage of this flourishing business, a large number of representatives and sales people travelled all over the country to sell their brand to the cafes and restaurants. In 1874, the average consumption of absinthe was 700,000 litres per year. 36 years later, in 1910, this number had risen to an incredible 36,000,000 litres. Clearly, back then, working in the absinthe industry was a very promising prospect!

Jun 5, 2017

May 18, 2017

The Trip (1967)

Director: Roger Corman
Writer: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper | See full cast & crew »

- IMDb
Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad. Splitting the scene, they score some acid from Max and return to John's split-level pad with an indoor pool. Paul experiences visions of sex, death, strobe lights, flowers, dancing girls, witches, hooded riders, a torture chamber, and a dwarf. He panics but John tells him to "go with it, man." Would you trust John?

May 12, 2017

"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for psychedelic drugs. In terms of the role of psilocybin in human evolution on the grasslands of Africa, people not on drugs were behind the curve. The fact is that, in terms of human evolution, people not on psychedelics are not fully human. They've fallen to a lower state, where they're easily programmed, boundary defined, obsessed by sexual possessiveness which is transferred into fetishism and object obsession. We don't want too many citizens asking where the power and the money really goes. Informed by psychedelics, people might stop saluting. "Take your political party, your job, whatever, and shove it."" ---
Terence McKenna