The main problem a writer encounters when describing Burning Man is deciding what to leave out. It’s such a vast, multilayered event, with so many interesting hidden details waiting to be discovered, it’s like trying to explain the Internet to somebody in 3,500 words.
Hurrah for the Cannabis Cup coverage (“Viper Mad,” May ‘99)! All that wonderful information made me drool for a visit during the festivities next year. Of particular interest were the judges’ ratings of the various cannabis types. I was wondering if anyone has compiled a comprehensive list of seed types with regard to potency (what we are all very much after), and which seed companies produce the best of those types?
INSTEAD OF PANICKING, TRY PREPARING FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Although the Y2K computer problem has gotten a lot of press, and industry and government are scrambling to fix their software in time, most people have not given much thought to "personal preparedness.” Even though a recent study found that an astounding 98% of business PCs failed a year-2000 rollover test (Macs are not affected), it all seems so abstract.
Two years ago, when the HIGH TIMES Radio Hour aired its first show, producer Kevin Caruso set his sights on alternative and college radio stations to get the show off the ground. Since commercial radio and mainstream syndicators were openly wary about taking on the pot-saturated program, Caruso figured that cash-poor stations would jump at the chance to air High on the Air.
You survived high school. Or maybe you just finished up a stint in the military. Whatever the case, you begin your college career in a month. You’ve got four years of academic purgatory ahead and tuition bills that won’t be paid off til your funeral.
Immerse yourself in the sounds of the new jam-band generation.
THE TOP 25 JAM BANDS
Jam bands. For three decades the phrase had a near-exclusive association with the Grateful Dead. But no longer. If you make the pilgrimage to clubs nowadays. an improvisational bounty awaits. Allow the trance-fusion of the Disco Biscuits to tear your head off.
Why SST, who has a monopoly on the coolest music of the first half of the ’80s— Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, Husker Du and many more—hasn’t reissued its catalog is beyond me, but the Meat Puppets at least have moved their back catalog to Rykodisc and did fanatics like myself the supreme favor of re-releasing their seminal early works with tons of bonus tracks, allowing me now to safely retire their scratchy vinyl ancestors.
As part of its "As part of its"Offbeat” book series, Santa Monica Press has published Offbeat Marijuana. a scrapbook-style cannabis compendium written by Saul Rubin (author of Offbeat Museums). Rubin comes to the subject like a professional taking an assignment he doesn’t know a whole lot about.
"It was a speedy world—New York—and revolutions were taking place in it—art, life and rock'n'roll," Lou Reed writes in the foreword to High on Rebellion (Thunder's Mouth Press), an oral history of Max's Kansas City, the infamous tavern where the blitzed hellions of New York's rock underground socialized from 1965 to 1981.
Edited by John Rocco, this collection of magazine articles about the Grateful Dead from Schirmer Books covers quite a bit of territory, including Beat Generation detours and cherished Deadhead tour stops. Blair Jackson's lengthy feature on Ken Kesey is one of the many highlights.
When HIGH TIMES editor-in-chief Steven Hager and I went to his first Rainbow Gathering, in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest in July 1990, it was an experience that profoundly affected Steve and influenced HT as well, pushing the magazine in a more spiritual direction.
It’s been a long time since I spoke to my brothers and sisters from the pages of HIGH TIMES. I had to take a sabbatical from Babylon and recharge my batteries. Too many hateful vibes and know-it-all Babylonians trying to bring me down. But I prayed to Jah to attain renewed strength and vision.
Last April, Hartford, CT cops observed University of Connecticut basketball star Khalid El-Amin buying marijuana on a street in the city’s North End. At the time, El-Amin was on a two-week victory tour celebrating UConn’s recent NCAA basketball championship.
So you want to follow Phish around this summer, but don’t have the bread? Our advice is to start dealing hemp. No, not that stuff! The other stuff. The stuff you can’t smoke. Well, you could smoke it. But it wouldn’t get you high. So what’s the point?
NEW YORK—Tauno Biltsted lit up a joint on the street near his Lower East Side home one Friday afternoon in May 1998. He took two tokes, put it out, and saw two teams of undercover cops in bulletproof vests running towards him. So he did what any prudent pothead would do: He ate the roach.
SAN FRANCISCO—Marijuana smoke mingled with fog in San Francisco’s Castro district on the night of April 17, as 500 friends paid their last respects to medical-marijuana saint Brownie Mary Rathbun with candles, incense and her favorite herb.
LOS ANGELES—It's been a frustrating two and a half years since voters passed Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative which is now Section 11362.5 of the California Health and Safety Code. Hypothetically, the law protects the sick and dying from criminal penalty for using medical marijuana.
ANN ARBOR, Ml—For the first time in years, sunny skies and warm weather bathed the University of Michigan Diag for the 28th Flash Bash, the annual kickoff to the pot protest season. Over 5.000 people applauded at noon as pot superstar Tommy Chong delivered a brief stand-up routine on marijuana and religion.
Not content with outLawing natural plants. the federal government is now working feverishly to make several chemicals produced naturally in the human body into Schedule I controlled substances. The current FDA scare campaign against mild mood-elevators like Revivirant, Blue Nitro and Gamma G amount basically to a"drug war" against unauthorized states of mind.
VANCOUVER, BC—Sun streams through the sculptured wrought iron that lines the floor-toceiling windows of Vancouver's Compassion Club. The smell of marijuana is faint, filtered by the dozens of plants in the waiting room where a handful of club members sit in comfortable chairs, studying the day's "menu.”
Rolling Stone Sued for $50 Million FOP Libeling a Falsehood Factory
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is suing Rolling Stone magazine for $50 million. The suit, filed in February, alleges that ‘Truth & DARE,” a March 1998 article by bogus wonder journalist Stephen Glass. 27. was fictitious and libelous.
SCIENTISTS UNANIMOUS: POT SAFER THAN BOOZE ON ROADS
New Hampshire legislators defeated a bill to reduce marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a violation, and voted to prevent its reintroduction until after 2000. Another bill, also sponsored by Rep. Tim Robertson (D-Keene), to legalize medical marijuana, was carried over until next year.
I don’t drink alcohol, or even coffee. I am a worshipper of the Goddess Cannabla. I believe that marijuana is truly the magic plant that can save the world, the soma of legend that will bring about universal understanding (if given the chance), the key to solving the world’s energy and ecological crises.
Prohibiting Student Aid To Pot-Smokers, But Not Rapists
Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced legislation this spring to restore student-loan eligibility for marijuana and other minor drug offenders. House Bill 1053 seeks to repeal provisions adopted by Congress in the Higher Education Act of 1998 that deny financial assistance to any college student convicted of a drug offense, including the simple possession of pot.
Bad news: At least 17 states have already passed, or are about to pass, laws banning GHB as a medically useless, highly dangerous and addictive Schedule I controlled substance. That it’s really highly useful in medicine, safer than most tap water and no more addictive (like water, you do need GHB to live from moment to moment) is irrelevant to legislators terrified of being branded "soft on drugs" by FDA and DEA scaremongers.
Starting out. I wasn’t so sure about Burning Man. I’d heard that the event had peaked several years back and was worried that the place would be crawling with jocks and squares looking for a cheap thrill. I had a friend in San Francisco I knew from back in my high-school days, when all a kid had to do to put a smile on his face was to play Devo at maximum volume and shoot the windows out of some deserving football loser’s Camaro with an air pistol.
WOODSIOCK IS BACK - AGAIN - WITH ANOTHER SUMMER OF DUELING ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
FROM WOODSTOCK 90 TO ‘A DAY IN THE CARDEN II’
A specter is haunting America. The specter of Woodstock. A weekend in Bethel, NY. that took place 30 years ago became the defining event of a generation. August 15-17. 1969 saw almost 500,000 people create a spontaneous city-community based upon peace, love, harmony and music.
NATIONAL RAINBOW GATHERING — 6/28-7/10, the Allegheny National Forest in Western Pennsylvania; 29th yr.; info: www.welcomehome.org/rainbow.html HIGH SIERRA — 7/1-4, Bear Valley, CA; 9th yr.; bands: Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Slip, Keller Williams, Smokin' Grass, Jiggle the Handle; info: (510) 420-1529, www.hsmsic.
HIGH TIMES: When did you start what you would call serious writing?
How would you describe your life before Less Than Zero?
You left the warmth of Southern California for the cold of Vermont’s Bennington College. What was that change like for you?
A lot of people compare the Bennington scene in the ’80s to Woodstock—people running around naked, smoking pot and having orgies. Was that real or exaggerated?
What was the drug scene like?
Is it true you wrote Less Than Zero in eight weeks on a crystal-meth binge?
Can you describe it?
Parts of American Psycho, especially some of the violent scenes, seem so drug-induced.
Is that why the main character is so selfcentered?
What do think caused the vicious backlash surrounding the publication of American Psycho? Was it just the violence?
Let’s talk about Glamorama. What made you decide on this subject matter?
For the characters in Glamorama, it’s all about the pressures of looking good and being glamorous.
When you talk about drugs, do you differentiate between pot and harder drugs?
Well, there is the gateway theory, which a government study just said is not true.
Would you say you are a casual or daily smoker?
What about hard drugs?
What about hallucinogens?
Bret Easton Ellis: Serious writing? I would say when I wrote my first book, which was in 1978 when I was fourteen. It was about a boy who had to get a job for the summer, instead of going to summer school because his grades were so bad. I had to go to summer school all the time because my grades were really bad.
We’re looking for a few good buds. Welcome to Pix of the Crop, our new monthly photo contest. Send us your entries for Best Nug, Flower, Grow Boom and Stoner of the Month. These pictures are for publication, remember, so lousy-quality photos just won’t do!
So you're thinking about starting an indoor garden. but you don't know anything about plants. Mixing soil and nutrients, worrying about drainage and overwatering—these are some of the things you won't have to worry about if you grow hydroponically.
Nearly all indoor marijuana growers are using bulbs produced for industrial applications like stadiums, parking lots and warehouses. We all know they do the trick, but the fact remains that they were not designed with the spectral requirements of plant growth in mind.
I've been smoking a lot of pot lately, so I’ve had to reevaluate my present state of constant and liberal head-smacking. First off. I needed to figure out what is the best and most efficient method of smoking—bong, pipe or joint. I love smoking joints.
I have a suggestion for those of you who are looking into growing with a minicloset/cabinet sys-tem. Instead of the usual 250w or 400w HID lamps, I prefer to run two inexpensive 150w security-style HPS lamps. I remove the ballast and the socket from the fac-tory housing and then remount and rewire everything inside a grow box.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 25 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the quotes that are placed into the THMQ column. So, do your duty, fire up a monster spliff, rip a few bong hits, read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
I am planning a growroom and have a couple of questions: My room is about 40” x 40” x 8’ high. I have a 600-watt high-pressure sodium lamp which I intend to keep 2-3 feet above my plants and an intake fan which will draw air from outside. Will this be too much light?
This ultimate Stoner Travel Guide reveals everything one needs to know about the most cannabisfriendly locations around the globe. From the beautiful beaches of Negril. Jamaica, to the coffeeshops of Amsterdam. Holland, and beyond, it tells how much it costs, how hard it is to score and how scenic the stone will be.