Well, uh, High Times called me and said they were dedicating this issue to sex or some such and that I should write some such. Since sex is one of the main activities people get high for, and since I have been asked “How does it feel to be a sex symbol?” about a thousand million times in the last six months, it all seems very natural, and after all nature is gonna win no matter what all you suckers do.
Your fascinating account of “The Dope and Sex Magick of Aleister Crowley” [High Times, July ’78] prompted me to do some research on my own. The University of Texas here in Austin has a large collection of Crowleyana, and I came across the London Sunday Express for March 4, 1923.
Q. My biology professor has been telling all his classes that nitrous oxide whiffing causes brain damage. For years now, we’ve been keeping a tank right here in the dorm next to a box of balloons for anybody to use. This is a med school too, and we haven’t seen anybody’s cerebellum oozing out of his ears lately.
Call me Mr. Outdoors. All my life I wanted to go to Africa, and finally I said fuck it and went. My passion was a bow-and-arrow hunt in Africa. Bow hunting demands more of a meticulous hunt than a firearms hunt. With firearms the shooting can be done at 400 to 500 yards—if you are an expert marksman—whereas with a bow and arrow you're limited to 50 yards at the most.
Henry, a 30-year-old poet and a regular on the lecture circuit:
Kelly, a 29-year-old film director:
Dr. Harrison R. Rogers, a sexologist specializing in sexual aberrations:
Imagine. You're being gently lapped to fantastic orgasm while cruising for burgers in the sweet-smelling leather interior of a fast-moving Italian motor car. Perhaps coming and coming and coming while completely naked and vulnerable in a dark, rocking New York subway car?
This is what the porno neophyte sees, I imagine, on the first few trips to the smut shop: men brutalizing women, bondage and domination; it leaps right out at you. But after a long, depressing decade of writing mainly for the sex press-I have bravely striven to put my disability to good use-I can assure everyone that actually the converse situation, women dominating men, sells by a respectable margin over this stuff.
Roman Polanski, exiled in Paris to escape U.S. prosecution for alleged rape of a Hollywood nymphet, has admitted to French reporters that he has a $10,000 contract on the life of Charles Manson for the murder of Polanski's wife Sharon Tate.
Norman Mailer deserves recognition as one of the first men of letters to explore the question of the effect of marijuana on sex. As far back as the mid '50s, when it was still controversial to do so, Mailer proclaimed that both his work and his sex life were influenced by the regular, even promiscuous use of marijuana.
The linkage of grass-and-coke smuggling with terrorism was a new but not unexpected propaganda ploy for Rep. Wolff, chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. Prior to the hearings, the Queens-Nassau Representative had likened grass and coke to poison, plague and pornography.
12,000 Pot Protesters Siege D.C. in 4-Day Smoke-In
The 11th annual July 4th Smoke-in in Washington, D.C., drew 12,000 concerned pot smokers to protest at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters, the Capitol Building and the White House. D.C. Smoke-in '78 was the most organized to date.
This spring's and summer’s antiparaquat demonstrations have paid off in a big way now that Dr. Robert DuPont, often called the government’s top drug expert, has admitted that the public outcry over the poison spraying may cause marijuana to be legalized. DuPont, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, also predicts that the increased amount of home cultivation of pot will exert more pressure on society to legalize weed.
Sensationalized reports that an epidemic of PCP freakouts is sweeping the country are vastly overblown and may actually be encouraging increased use of the drug, says a researcher. Last year the media, with the encouragement of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), began running lurid stories about PCP users suffering from psychotic episodes.
SANTIAGO, CHILE—With the aid of a New York state district attorney, two Santiago men were convicted here recently of smuggling cocaine eight years ago. It seems that in November 1970, Luis Amparo and Ricardo Alcaido were seamen aboard the Chilean ship Maipo when she carried 65 kilos of coke into New York Harbor; they delivered it to scuba divers, who swam it by night from the boat to the dock, and then sailed back to Valparaiso unsuspected by any authorities.
Two influential government advisory committees in Great Britain are recommending that the country eliminate jail sentences for those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Both the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and a committee of legislators from the government's Home Office came out for liberalized pot laws, and the advisory council is expected to make its policy recommendation this fall.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—In the last years of his life, billionaire Howard Hughes was allegedly paying his personal physician over $60,000 per year to supply codeine. According to DEA charges in a grand-jury indictment here, Dr. Wilbur S. Thain, 53, supplied the reclusive industrialist with some 5,500 injectable doses of the highly addictive controlled substance, which were mailed to Hughes at his hotels in the Bahamas and Acapulco from a Bay Shore, New York, pharmaceuticals firm.
In two separate seaborne busts off the coast of Cuba, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dependable nailed six men and 20 tons of smoke, plus an unspecified quantity of waterlogged boo. A Dependable helicopter sighted the first vessel, a 70-foot yacht, in international waters 50 miles north of Cuba.
Two men trying to lift off from an airstrip near George Town on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas were stalled by Bahamian narcs, who discovered 274 pounds of 100percent-pure Colombian snow in the men's twin-engine plane. Steve Prenner, 31, of the United States, and Miguel Pradad, 36, of Colombia, were held on a record $2-million bond by magistrate Emanuel Osadebay.
While Florida continues to lead the pack with back-to-back multi-ton pot seizures, bust fever seems to be catching on worldwide. Narcs have uncovered massive amounts of cannabis in such exotic places as Wagga Wagga, Australia, and under a load of cow dung in a small Mexican town.
SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS—In something like a replay of the celebrated 1683 witch trials, a local scandal has been touched off here by a schoolgirl's diary. A local woman going through her daughter's private effects, it seems, fell across certain inflammatory passages supposedly recounting episodes of wild passion experienced in a young male teacher's private apartment.
Police in Burlington, North Carolina, accidentally auctioned off a bag filled with marijuana at a sheriff's sale recently. The dope had been seized years before and was lying around the station until everyone had forgotten what it was, before being sold off as a "grab box" item.
London police were surprised when 23 kilos of grass seized at the Leytonstone flat of John West, 32, were found to be contaminated with fingerprint powder. An investigation showed that the dope had been seized by bobbies in a London raid months ago and was evidently stolen from the police evidence bin and resold to West.
Acting on an informer's tip, Tokyo cops busted well-known actor Usamu Sakai in his house with 26 grams of alleged opium. After interrogating the 33-year-old actor they also busted his alleged dealer, Naboru Onodanu, 36, manager of the entertainment firm Katsu Production Co., with one gram of cannabis.
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Stand-up editor, investigative satirist, one-time publisher of two of America’s most notorious magazines—Hustler and the Realist—and crusading assassinologist, Paul Krassner was born in 1932 and raised in New York City. He first exploded into public purview in 1955 with an article for Mad magazine, “What If Comic-Strip Characters Sent Away to the Little Ads in the Back of Magazines?” In 1958, Paul launched the Realist—and met one of his first subscribers, Lenny Bruce (they began an intimate friendship that led to Paul’s editing Bruce’s autobiography, How To Talk Dirty and Influence People).
It's not the sun but the cocaine that rises, through sterling-si1ver straws, in $100-a-night suites, above the skyline of Central Park. By 9 A.M. a trek will begin, throngs of hip men and scantily clad women smelling like some faraway fern root will shuffle and stumble onto the sidewalks, don dark glasses and walk toward the Coliseum, that giant convention domehosk to the Daughters of the American Revolution, innumerable track shows, even the Betty Crocker Bake-Off.
When the autumn moon begins to rise across the land marijuana growers turn their thoughts to harvests of resin-gorged buds. But next year's seeds should also be on a grower's mind. Marijuana is wildly prolific. A single male plant can release over 500 million pollen grains.
An untrained American arriving at Moscow's Sheremetevo International Airport is usually without a clue to scoring in the capital of the Communist camp. Only a veteran eye would recognize the two handsome young men in Western dress whispering in the men's room as a lead to the action.
Time was, you could hop, trip or stumble to the corner pharmacy, hang your hat on Chief Big Dollar Cigar at the door, drop 25 cents on the counter and walk away with an ounce of cocaine, a box of bullets and a week’s groceries. Every home was a temple to healing, with a bathroom medicine cabinet full of the most up-to-date remedies from the patent-medicine factories of Chicago—pharmacopolis on the Wabash, hog-butcher to the PCP market—headache opium, cannabis oil for brain fever, cocaine for the agonies of childbirth, female trouble or hoof 'n' mouth.
Sex and drugs have become the guano-covered pillars of modern life. Only two other activities have been the targets of more published pigeon dirt—transcendental meditation and the films of Ingmar Bergman. Watch the newsstands. As regular as menstruation, one of the giant tits-and-ass sheets will assign an author with hairy palms to research the latest “in” aphrodisiac drug.
Whether your sex life is autoerotic or shared with a humanoid mate, the devices featured herewith are guaranteed to thrill. They will also lengthen your penis, tighten your vagina, increase your bust and lower your IQ a minimum of 20 points.
My boyfriend had the bright idea that we should both have affairs with other people but continue to be in love with each other. However, the idea appealed to me, as I have always believed that this must be the perfect way to conduct a love affair—no one would become bored or claustrophobic, and the glorious love affair would last.
The most interesting person I know right now is my girl friend, Linda Incident. The reason I hate my girl friend is that I found out the only way I could continue to have anything to do with her was through hate. The fact that we hate each other binds us together, because we can really get to each other; so at least we're having some sort of I suppose even slightly emotional reaction toward each other, which is refreshing in a time when emotions, under assault, seem dried up or burnt out.
The first thing you notice is the color, a particular and lovely translucent green, the green of a deep tropical sea, of a primeval planet steaming in the sun, yet modern, too, a glowing neon, a Ferrari green. It is, of course, the color to which the liqueur Chartreuse gave its name.
Come with us to the land of the magical succulent, where don peyote grows slowly and luxuriantly in the hot desert sun, turning fat and beautifully ripe with psychoactive fruit. Peyote is a small plant, usually never more than five inches across and a foot from the top of its crown to the tip of its carrotlike root.
MUNICH, WEST Germany—Only some 60 miles of locks, dams and flyovers remain to be completed before a 2,000-year-old European vision is finally accomplished: a trading waterway that would pass all the way from the European North Sea to the Asian Black Sea, permitting free commerce among the 13 nations connected by its 2,150-mile length.
KANSAS CITY, MISSORI—Richard Lees, 39 and six feet four, was knocked down while jogging by a huge predatory bird, which evidently mistook his jogging as the panic response of a spooked animal. The bird, which had a six-foot wingspread, was estimated by a witness to be either a young bald eagle or a crooked-legged hawk.
Propose Human-Interest "Watchdog" on Scientific Research
Science is moving rapidly toward the time when people's behavior can be systematically controlled, the sex ot a child chosen and the genetic composition ot individuals altered. Now, a commission on human experimentation proposes that a permanent agency, including public members, be set up to tell the government whether certain research is for the general good and should be permitted.
WASHINGTON—The Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to bankroll a new TV weather show for private pilots. The Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting hopes to obtain the remainder of the needed money from private aviation sources in order to begin distributing the show to over 261 public television stations.
LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS—Governmentagency administrators who use Leavenworth Prison's inexpensive computer-processing facility to handle their financial accounts were greatly startled recently when it was discovered that a convict trainee had managed to get an Internal Revenue Service computer to print him out bogus tax-return checks totaling $25,000.
THULE, GREENLAND—Greenland, which has one of the world's most severe alcoholism problems outside the Soviet Union, rejected complete prohibition of liquor in a public referendum held here. However, voters did approve a related proposal to ration alcohol, which may mean that drinkers will have to do their shopping at government stores.
WASHINGTON—Elvis Presley has been nominated to be placed on the Treasury Department's new $1 coin. The leading contender for the honor, however, is Susan B. Anthony, the noted suffragette. Other contenders include Klondike Kate, the Virgin Mary, Amelia Earhart, the Statue of Liberty and Kitty "Bulldog" O'Leary.
KINGS COUNTY, WASHINGTON—"That car's been giving me misery for years, and I killed it," Barbara Smith told police here. "I feel good." Officer Jim Fuda responded to complaints from Smith's neighbors that she had attacked her car with a baseball bat.
LOS ANGELES—Long-distance car duels and chases inspired by TV stunt driving have caused soaring accident rates in Southern California. Police attribute it to "freeway frustration," the sudden release of pent-up rage by motorists impatient with being stalled in California's notorious hours-long traffic jams.
CUSTER, SOUTH DAKOTA—Sculptor Korczak Zilokowski and his sons recently finished the inscription at the base of their 150-foot high statue of Chief Crazy Horse astride his pony: "My lands are where my dead lie buried." I he famed Sioux chief is depicted pointing eastward, in the direction of Mount Rushmore.
ORLANDO, Florida—Employees here held a day-long celebration last spring to commemorate the 500th visit of Millard C. Jones to Disney World. Millard, 86, received a free lifetime pass to Disney World three years ago to commemorate his 200th visit.
LIMA, PERU—General Leonidas Rodriguez, leader of the left-wing Revolutionary Socialist Party and the single most-wanted individual in all Peru, walked calmly into the presidential palace here not long ago, past a series of armed security guards, and asked politely for an audience with President Francisco Morales Bermudez.
BOGOTA—Soothsayer Regina Betancourt de Liska, notorious in Bogota as the beautiful “Regina Once," is vigorously pressing her campaign to gain national recognition for traditional witch-doctor practices. Although she lost the last presidential election, Ms.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—A physician here, Dr. Alejandra Oseos Alvarado, reports that marijuana is not only addictive, but lethal in overdose quantises. Dr. Oseos revealed his startling findings to the daily tabloid El Universal, which ran them under a banner headline exclaiming THERE ARE MORE THAN 100 MILLION MARIJUANA ADDICTS IN THE WORLD TODAY! According to Dr. Oseos, grass addiction is irreversible and becoming endemic all over the globe.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—For four years now, two doctors in the Criminology Department of the Judicial Police here have been quietly experimenting with marijuana derivatives in the treatment of people suffering from rheumatism and asthma.
ENSENADA, Mexico—There won't be any more of those dynamite "Mexican Redhots" floating around Ensenada. The federales finally caught up with taco-stand owner Felipe Reys, who'd been sprinkling his tacos with Seconal and peddling them for $1.50 a shot to "special customers."
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—"This country doesn't prepare anyone to do anything," explained 25-year-old Joel Toro Arce as he tried to hustle a quantity of smuggled-in Walt Disney comic decals to an uncomprehending tourist. Toro Arce, a sometimes cobbler from Menozales, far in Colombia's rural interior, had set up on Bogota's Carrera Septima thoroughfare, a colorful sidewalk display of smuggled-in American goods: peel-on decals of Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Daisy Duck along with several cartons of bootleg Marlboros and a couple cases of Manischewitz table wine.
HAVANA—Prior to the revolution, Cuba's chief national resources after sugar were tourism, gambling and prostitution. Now fishing is Cuba's second largest industry. Export revenues from fishing were only $5.6 million in 1958. Today, as a result of development by the revolutionary Castro regime, fishing brings in nearly $60 million a year.
This castle, at Montsegur in the Pyrénées Mountains, was built by the Cathars, a medieval sect descended from the Gnostics and the Zoroastrians—some say even further back, from the Buddhists and the Druids. The castle is actually a fortified solar temple with two slender windows through which, at sunrise on the day of the summer solstice, the rays of the sun (considered by the sect to be Pure Light, escaped from the Demon-body) shine directly for a few instants.
LONDON—Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific by raft in 1947 to prove his "diffusionist" theory of prehistoric migration patterns, has retired from sailing. Heyerdahl's most recent voyage was a 6,200-mile cruise on the Ra II, a reed boat he built to prove that the Egyptians could have circum navigated Africa thousands of years before the birth of Christ.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND— Professional fireeater Barry Silva was recently fined £65 by Manchester Crown Court and had his driver's license suspended, after police stopped him while driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream.
ATHENS, GREECE—The beautiful Caryatid Maidens, five marble women six feet six inches tall apiece, have held up the entablature of the Erechtheid Temple on Acropolis Hill here for nearly three millennia; but this year industrial pollution is finally driving them indoors.
BUENAVENTURA, ITALY—A murderous Germanshepherd guard dog owned by shipping millionaire Francisco Rocca may have been indirectly responsible for his death. Rocca tripped over the dog and fell down. Later he was found dead. His estate was valued at $20 million.
CALI, Italy—The street urchins of this impoverished Italian town earn pocket money by throwing powder in the eyes of motorists stopped for traffic lights. While the driver is blinded, he or she is robbed of watches, jewelry and whatever else can be grabbed through the cars' windows.
MUNICH—The population of West Germany may be zero in the year 2078. West Germany today has the world's lowest birth rate—10 live births per 1,000 inhabitants. If the trend continues, by the middle of the twenty-first century there will probably be half as many West Germans as there are today.
Moscow—Poll takers for the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda were appalled to learn that in 90 out of 100 Moscow households they visited, the wives claimed to be head of the family, and the husbands agreed. Only in one single household did the wife herself describe the husband as ruler of the roost; and when the poll takers told the man he'd won a prize for that, he turned to his spouse and asked: "What shall I choose, Maria?" The emancipation of Russian women is being regarded with considerable anxiety by Soviet officials.
MOSCOW, UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS—"Radio hooliganism" is a grave issue with Soviet authorities these days. CB radio transmitters are increasingly available on the Russian black market, and clandestine users are beginning to communicate with each other all up and down the electromagnetic spectrum.
MOSCOW—Twenty-two thousand Russians voted for a Walt Disney "Lassie"-type film about a lost dog called The White Dog Bim with One Black Ear as the best film of 1977. The readers poll was held by Soviet Screen magazine. The magazine also announced that "worst movie of the year" status was divided between two films, both about youth: Moscow Time and Cafe Isotope.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES—Former Manila socialite, beauty-contest winner and urban guerrilla Nelia Sancho, 25, was finally paroled this summer after three years in military detention for "suspected Communist activities." Sancho had been implicated with other high-society personages in the clandestine support of the Philippines' leftist Muslim faction, banned by the Marcos government.
PEKING, CHINA—With the hyper-radical Gang of Four consigned to permanent disgrace, China's new moderate bureaucracy appears to be adopting Western ways with truly avid—and possibly dangerous-enthusiasm. One of the few elements of traditional Chinese culture to survive Mao Tse-tung's Great Cultural Revolution was the fastidious and elaborate Chinese cuisine, a menu now under assault by the Hua Kuo-feng government, which seems determined to replace bird's-nest soup with Burger King Whoppers.
ISLAMABAD, INDIA—For the first time in over a generation, Indian movie stars are kissing one another on camera—and getting it past the censors. Viewers at the July premiere of the Hindi-language epic Phandebazz were deeply startled by a scene in which the villain, played by superstar Prem Chopra, gathers the wayward heroine Binda in his arms and plants a passionate kiss onto her mouth.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA—Thousands of Rhodesian children in refugee camps near here are reportedly being fed, educated and trained in guerrilla warfare by the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), a military force of exiled Rhodesian guerrillas led by Ndbele chief Joshua Nkomo.
KANGAROO ISLAND, AUSTRALIA —A bottle containing a note written by seven Australian soldiers was washed up here recently—almost 62 years after it was thrown overboard from a troop ship. The note said, "We are living like Lords, having a real good time...
Here, for your perusal and delight, is a gallery of more runner-up winners in the High Times Dope Photography Sweepstakes. These masterpieces will soon be on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institute, providing they accept them. Otherwise they will be presented to Mitchell’s Bar & Grill in one of New York’s most fashionable tenement and commercial loft districts.
Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden is currently testing an organic contraceptive that, when snorted, appears to inhibit fertility in men and women alike. Dr. Sven Johan Nillus claims to have isolated the pituitary hormone that, regardless of sex, governs basic human reproductive functions.
A group of farmers from the Hawaiian island of Maui have lost their legal bid to prohibit narcotics agents from flying over their lands in search of marijuana plots. The four farmers had brought a classaction suit against federal narcs, charging them with flying their helicopters so slowly and at such low altitudes that they violated the islanders' privacy and endangered their health and safety.
Frisco Hard-Rock Band Journey Donates Bucks to End POThibition
Johansen: Funky but Chic
"Yer best mate getting sent down for possessing one joint of marijuana—it’s everyday life for rock fans, for everyone who hasn’t got a cushy job or rich parents," says agitprop punk Tom Robinson, who did the smash single “2-4-6-8 Motorway.”
Goebbels was the archetypal mediacrat. Communication, persuasion, art, entertainment, information—these pretensions had nothing to do with his propaganda, which embraced all German media and most aspects of national culture from 1933 to 1945 and aimed only at the “total political structuring of the will of the German nation.”
Dear Jeeves: am at beauty parlor. Note new Orion floor lamp in den. Please clean carefully—little Lance has taken to putting his mouth to the long cylinders, and I think the dust is making the poor dear giddy. The other day he was sucking on it with three of his little friends! How odd, but it is stylish and only $79.50 from High Life Products, Box 727, Poughkeepsie, New York 12602. Ta-ta for now, and please be sure to throw out that stack of disgusting High Times magazines in the foyer. It will rot the poor dear’s delicate little mind.
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“Flash” spotlights the latest accouterments of the high life, including playthings, paraphernalia, instruments of pleasure, gadgets for your work and for your home—anything that adds zest and style to your day. If you know of an item that should he reviewed in this department, send it to the Flash editor.
Feature Editor Ed Dwyer, author of “I Was a Dope-Crazed Sex Fiend” on p. 68, assures us that his aphrodisiacal essay is absolutely the last word on the subject. “My research into the aphrodisiacs of the world was concluded some three years ago.