Remember when someone invented the wheel? Yeah the wheel is pretty chill. Before the wheel people had to walk everywhere. It was really frustrating. Such a great event was not celebrated at the time. Yet years, decades, centuries, millennia later, people are using the wheel for all kinds of…
there’s a great interview on HTMLGIANT with the one and only Beach Sloth:
What is Beach Sloth? Why was this alias created? What is your slothy purpose?
Beach Sloth is my way of interpreting the culture I see created online every single day.
I created Beach Sloth after a series of really strange events began to happen in my life. None of them were bad but I was feeling a little bit too comfortable with the daily routines I was going through. Hence Beach Sloth kind of served as a challenge to me to engage more with the world (and Beach Sloth as a project continues to challenge me with a near-endless stream of work).
My purpose is to support others and have others support each other. If that happens I am happy.
Great interview with Beach Sloth. By Trevor Sensor for HTMLGiant
Contextualizing one’s practice is exhausting precisely because the futility of it does not make it any less urgent-seeming.
Writing seems urgent to me because we all seem confused about language. The two poles I see most often are mysticist and primitivist. The former is the idea that we use…
The Tao of Terence: Beyond “Existentialism”
I learned of Terence McKenna (1946-2000) on September 14, 2012, when I was 29 years old. It was the day after I had completed the main final draft of Taipei, my first book to include psychedelics and which ends with a scene in which a character wonders if he has died after eating psilocybin mushrooms. I was in my room, zombielike and depressed after a period of time embodying a “whatever it takes” attitude regarding amphetamine use and completing my book. I had somewhat randomly clicked a YouTube video in which Joe Rogan (whom I was vaguely aware of as the host of Fear Factor, the TV show, a long time ago) was aggressively, excitedly talking about DMT, a neurotransmitter-like, illegal, psychedelic compound found in human (and other animal) brains and in at least ~50 species of plants worldwide. I did not have firsthand experience with DMT at the time, and had only read about it online.
At one point Joe Rogan began referencing someone in a “if you think I sound crazy, listen to this other guy” manner. He was talking about Terence McKenna, a person who would smoke DMT and, after ~15 seconds, without fail, find himself in an “unanticipated dimension” infested with “self-transforming machine elves”—also called “fractal elves,” “self-dribbling jeweled basketballs,” or “little self-transforming tykes”—that spoke English and a kind of visible language while jumping into and out of his body, “running around chirping and singing.” These entities, which McKenna described in a word as “zany,” were maybe either “dead people” in “an ecology of souls,” “human beings from the distant future,” or things with their own hopes, fears, problems that inhabit a parallel universe.
I had arrived in Toronto at 5pm. I stepped off of the Greyhound bus, and walked from Bay & Dundas towards the Eaton Centre. I had SnapChat’d Sam earlier letting him know that I was nearing the city. He gave me his phone number and we exchanged iMessages arranging to meet at his apartment at…