Situationist International Anthology

Originally posted on 1960s: Days of Rage:
“Preface to the Situationist International Anthology. In 1957 a few European avant-garde groups came together to form the Situationist International. Over the next decade the SI developed an increasingly incisive and coherent critique of modern society and of its bureaucratic pseudo-opposition, and its new methods of agitation were…

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

Originally posted on 1960s: Days of Rage:
Hallucinogenic Liberty Cap mushrooms, picked near Pulborough, West Sussex. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in these and other ‘magic’ mushrooms, has therapeutic potential. “On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of water, drank it, then sat back and…

Fritz the Cat

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“Fritz the Cat is a comic strip created by Robert Crumb. Set in a ‘supercity’ of anthropomorphic animals, the strip focused on Fritz, a feline con artist who frequently went on wild adventures that sometimes involved sexual escapades. Crumb began drawing this character in homemade comic books when…

Old bones put Leicester on the World Map

Originally posted on Bryan Hemming:
Richard III’s skull, more or less as discovered in a car park by a passing shopper My heart skipped a beat, and my chest swelled with pride, as Leicester took the world stage with the discovery of King Richard III’s rickety, old skeleton in a council car park bang in the…

Our Man In Havana – Graham Greene (1958)

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“Our Man In Havana (1958) is a novel set in Cuba by the British author Graham Greene. He makes fun of intelligence services, especially the British MI6, and their willingness to believe reports from their local informants. The book predates the Cuban Missile Crisis, but certain aspects of…

We Shall Fight, We Will Win: On The Black Dwarf and 1968 (Verso)

We Shall Fight, We Will Win: On The Black Dwarf and 1968 The radical newspaper The Black Dwarf played a pivotal role in the British left in the late ’60s. In this introduction to the magazine by Tariq Ali, it’s editor for the first years of its existence, Ali discusses the influences behind the formation of the magazine and…