WE CHOSE Mark Webber for this issue's cover, not because he is an up-and-coming movie star, but because he is committed to using the power of his celebrity to bring awareness to the ever-growing homeless problem in America. Webber has been there.
I just spent the past 24 hours in a high-dollar hotel on top of a mountain, eating, drinking, fucking, and taking naked pictures of my wife. The occasion was our fifth wedding anniversary. She is five months pregnant with our first child. She paid for the extravagant hotel with the last of her ill-gotten gains.
Under the Big Top with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
'TWAS THE WEEK before Christmas, 1997. I was moving into my new loft, on the third floor of a garment warehouse in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Coming off the freight elevator, I saw a man who appeared to be wearing a padded jumpsuit, the kind a person would wear when training attack dogs, (It turned out to be a snowmobile suit.) He had a long dark ponytail, plastic bolts through his ears, and a big, friendly smile.
A concerned young HIGH TIMES reader recently wrote in with the following: I eat at McDonald's almost every day. I know that it's bad for me and I should try to eat a more balanced meal, but it's just so good, cheap, and fast. I can't walk past a McDonald's without going in and ordering something.
THE WORD OUTLAW hints at the cloaked swagger of highwaymen throwing down on the king's agents. During the sixties, it was common for dissidents of every stripe to cloak themselves in this borrowed antiestablishment glamour. The identity of the outlaw then might have signaled opposition to the war in Vietnam, hypocritical sexual morality, bourgeois existence, and/or venal drug laws.
Portland's Dandy Warhols + England's Duran Duran = Neopsychedelic pop for the masses.
LAST AUGUST 14, the Dandy Warhols came to New York to perform a song from their new album, Welcome to the Monkey House, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. But then, at 4:11 P.M., the lights went out. The band, like millions of New Yorkers, spent the rest of the night dealing with the sudden blackout.
Folk singer spends night in Texas jail for possessing pot.
WHETHER HE'S "TALKIN' Al Kida Blues" or throwing up cheese grits en route to "Graceland" on his latest album, Fleeting Days (Messenger), Dan Bern can turn any life experience into a song. So when he was busted in 2002 for a "nickel bag of weed," the folk singer spent one night in a cold cell writing "Jail," an epic ballad that sets the gold standard for pot protest songs.
The Bob Marley of Brazil also happens to be the country's culture minister.
GILBERTO GIL WAS appointed minister of culture by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio da Silva, who came to power in January 2003 and immediately sought to change Brazil's social agenda. Da Silva postponed a plan to spend a couple billion dollars on fighter jets, urged his nation to combat poverty, and packed the cabinet with black ministers.
Chuck Klosterman, SEX, DRUGS, AND COCOA PUFFS (Scribner)
neil Young, GREENDALE
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE: DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION EDITION
Robert Randolph & the Family Band. UNCLASSIFIED
marlene Dobkin de Rios and Oscar Janiger, LSD, SPIRITUALITY, AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS
north mississippi Allstars, POLARIS (Tone-Cool/ATO)
Sam Abrams, THE OLD POTHEAD POEMS
Israel Vibration, FIGHTING SOLDIERS (RAS)
A Midwestern suburban representative of Generation X and author of Fargo Rock City, Chuck Klosterman possesses an outlook shaped by lifelong absorption of sitcoms, Top 40 radio, MTV, mainstream movies, junk food, and everything else familiar to anyone who grew up in the United States in the last three decades.
WHEN THE REPUBLICANS need to raise a few hundred thousand dollars for the 2004 presidential campaign, there's nothing to it. Dick Cheney simply arrives at the home of a wealthy contributor and enjoys a gourmet meal: Flesh is pressed, backs scratched, tax cuts promised (perhaps a round of cigars, brandy, and villainous laughter), and then the vice president bids a fond adieu (though never in French), returning to his undisclosed location with a pocketful of fat checks.
WHAT WOULD COMPEL a three-time Teacher of the Year winner, education author and scholar, and 30-year veteran teacher to make such a statement? What kind of wall is this man up against? John Taylor Gatto is a self-styled saboteur at the forefront of a quiet little revolution of radical school reform.
EVERY YEAR AROUND the end of August, people in New York start kissing a little more butt, passing around a few more business cards, and dressing a bit hipper than normal (if you can believe that). The end of August in New York City means some of the biggest, most fashionable, star-studded open-bar parties that everybody who's anybody wants to get invited to.
FUCK THE RUNWAY. You want to look like you should be at the open bar of a fashion show? Say it with silver. Accessorize with loud, hard urban jewelry from the Alex Streeter collection. Check out the work he's done for Marilyn Manson and Robert DeNiro.
STRAIGHT UP, Mark Webber is a success story. To date, he's appeared in 15 movies and is currently starring in the new film by Lars Von Trier, now in production. His credits include Jesus' Son (directed by Alison Maclean), Whiteboys (Marc Levin), Animal Factory (Steve Buscemi), Snow Day (Chris Koch), Boiler Room (Ben Younger), Storytelling (Todd Solondz), Chelsea Walls (Ethan Hawke), The Laramie Project (Moisés Kaufman), Hollywood Ending (Woody Allen), People I Know (Daniel Algrant), and most recently, Bomb the System, a film about graffiti artists and the underground art culture in New York City.
A small company competes for underground street skating supremacy
"EAST COAST STREET skating has always been more raw," says Giovanni Estevez, co-owner of Vehicle Skateboards in New York City. "Having to deal with the climate changes of the seasons and our rugged terrain gives us more drive. We never had abundant skateparks and pools like they do out West.
SAN DIEGO, CA—When Attorney General John Ashcroft indicted 12 members of the Arellano-Felix cartel last June, he was optimistic. He gloated over the "unprecedented show of international cooperation between the United States and Mexico," and bragged that his case "sends a message to drug dealers everywhere: We will investigate, prosecute, and punish all those who deal in drugs.
Florida Prisoners File Suit Against "Sadistic" Pepper-Spray Attacks
Florida—A group of 22 Florida prisoners filed a class action suit in federal court in September to stop what they say are pepper-spray attacks on defenseless inmates by guards. The inmates, many of whom suffer from mental illness, allege that guards sprayed them with the gas while they were locked in their cells and not a threat to guards or other prisoners.
MARYLAND—Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have retracted a widely heralded study on the health effects of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, commonly known as Ecstasy or MDMA. The report, “Severe Dopaminergic Neurotoxicity in Primates after a Common Recreational Dose Regimen of MDMA (‘Ecstasy’),” written by a team of researchers led by George A. Ricaurte, appeared in the September 27, 2002, issue of Science magazine and raised concerns over the effects of MDMA to a new level.
THE NETHERLANDS—Those who suffer from cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Tourette’s syndrome, and other ailments and symptoms in The Netherlands can now take their prescriptions for cannabis to the pharmacy to be filled. “It was ridiculous that people were using this drug while no doctor was permitted to prescribe it, despite the fact that scientific studies showed benefits,” a Dutch Health Ministry official said.
Antidepressant Could Increase Risk of Suicidal Behavior in Children
COLLEGEVILLE, PA—Wyeth, the maker of medicine-cabinet staples like Robitussin and ChapStick, recently sent a letter to health professionals warning that its drug Effexor, a serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, has caused children to demonstrate "hostility and suicide-related adverse events, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm."
SEATTLE, WA—Last fall hundreds of people clad in Revolutionary War-era gear marched to Green Lake in Seattle, Washington, where they dumped burlap coffee bags into the water. The modern-day Boston Tea Party was in protest of the so-called Latte Tax, an initiative that would tax all espresso and espresso-based drinks ten cents.
Seattle Citizens Ask Police to Deprioritize Marijuana
SEATTLE, WA—In September 2003, Seattle voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 75, making marijuana for adult personal use Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priority. "By passing I-75," said campaign chair Dominic Holden, "we have committed to using our law enforcement resources prudently to focus on dangerous crime, helping to protect the sick and dying who need medical marijuana, and preserving our limited budget for more pressing needs, such as maintaining basic public services.
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST got some unwelcome attention in September when the Los Angeles Times reported on recently released convicts camping in tents on prison grounds and in virtual shantytowns around underpasses on Interstate 5. While the article featured convicted arsonist, sex offender, and paranoid schizophrenic Bruce Scott Erbs, who lives in a tent behind the county jail in Albany, Oregon, it also reported on an encampment of homeless, just-released sex offenders in Mason County, Washington, and another half-dozen parolees camped in a parking garage in Oregon’s Polk County.
ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2003, the second anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks ever on US soil, Tommy Chong was sentenced to nine months inside a federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to sell and offering for sale illegal drug paraphernalia.
“OFFICER ALBERT ASKED me, ‘Do you hate America?’'' says Johannes Chapman, who got stopped entering the United States from Canada driving a vehicle used to promote the natural resource, hemp. “And I said, ‘No, I think there are great people and great places in America.’” Officer Albert then asked for a sample of the bulk roasted and salted hemp seeds Chapman had picked up at a health food store in Montreal.
JOHN ASHCROFT Self-Righteous Sculptor and All-Around Son of a Bitch
NICHOLAS SARKOZY Fawning French Freak
ASA HUTCHINSON Faith-Based Fascist
THAKSIN SHINAWATRA The Tyrant of Thailand
MEGAWATI SUKARNOPUTRI Indonesian Megabitch
RICHARD WACKENHUT (and his entire freakin' family) Jailhouse Jerks
After meeting with Bush in September 2002, the newly elected president of Colombia announced that he wanted to recriminalize personal possession of marijuana and cocaine. Since most of the blow that the Bush family has enjoyed over the years came from Colombia, it makes sense for the US to foot the bill to hose down the country’s indigenous farmers with toxic chemicals like glysophate.
My life as a smuggler started just before Christmas 1963. The Canadian dollar was eight cents stronger than the US dollar at this time, so to buy Christmas presents, my parents drove to Spokane, Washington, which had a larger and cheaper selection of merchandise than Canada.
My favorite story in his latest book, Painful but Fabulous: The Lives and Art of Genesis P-Orridge (Soft Skull Press, 2003), concerns a night back in ’76 when his performance group, COUM, was appearing at the University of Antwerp. Next to the performance hall, there was an exhibit of poisonous plants.
EDDY’S MINISTRY SITS high on a hill, at the end of a long, winding driveway dotted with signs that say things like, “If We Don’t Know You’re Coming, Stop and Read the Fucking Signs!” A big yellow caution sign reads, “Vietnam Vet: Do Not Startle.”
A heat wave in California has contributed to a lengthened grow season, enabling some West Coast growers to reap larger than expected harvests. Although some farmers had trouble with mold and falling plants due to the rain accompanying the foggy , muggy warmth, a new heat-resistant strain called Sweet Savanah is showing promise.
Dear M.Toothacher, Yes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 6,113,940 to Lawrence Brooke and Dr. Cal Herrmann from General Hydroponics on September 18, 2000, for the development of the slow-release Transdermal Cannabinoid Patch.