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Gerald D. Klee, a retired psychiatrist and LSD expert who participated in experiments with the hallucinogenic drug on volunteer servicemen at U.S. military installations in the 1950s, has died. He was 86. Klee died Sunday of complications after...
Tom Davis, a comedy writer who teamed with Al Franken to write memorable bits on"Saturday Night Live" beginning with the late-night show's debut in 1975, has died. He was 59. Davis died Thursday at his home in Hudson, N.Y., his wife, Mimi Raleigh, told...
What's your ideal spot for meditation and pondering the big questions? An ashram on the Ganges? A monastery in the desert? The sofa in the den? Wherever it is, make sure you have the following Huston Smith titles with you — for support and...
Show TrackerIn what must be the most talked-about licensing of a song in television history, "Mad Men" ended its Sunday episode with "Tomorrow Never Knows," the last track on the Beatles' 1966 album "Revolver." Acquired for a reported $250,000, this track capped an...
Peter Bergman, a founder of Firesign Theatre, the comic quartet that channeled the absurdist sensibility and chaotic impulses of the countercultural 1960s and '70s into a popular radio show and a series of cult-classic albums, has died at 72. A...
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Leonard Weinglass, a crusading lawyer who championed radical and liberal causes and clients in some of the most controversial trials of the 1960s and '70s, including the Chicago 7 and Pentagon Papers cases, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 77. The...
Nearly everyone familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey, the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley. Stanley, who died Saturday...
Culture MonsterIt's not quite a haunted house. But "Bright White Underground," a mind-bending transformation of Rudolph Schindler's Buck House, is close enough to warrant a visit this Halloween weekend. Under the auspices of Country Club, a Cincinnati gallery that...
Isn't the quest for stillness hopeless? All those efforts to attain slowness -- what good are they, especially when the rest of the world isn't paying attention? Sure, you can achieve some meditative balance and create an island of serenity in yourself --...
Pop & HissThe obituary for Owsley "Bear" Stanley ran in the news pages of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, but it spiritually inhabits the music section. Though he never received the cult of his contemporary, Timothy Leary, the eccentric Stanley did......
Special to the Los Angeles TimesWeary travelers may long to linger over a cup of coffee or snuggle under a plush duvet. But when it comes to airports, lingering is loathed, because it's synonymous with layover. When George Pendle found himself stuck longer than expected at a New York...
Culture MonsterâProfessor Bad Tripâ is Fausto Romitelliâs most ecstatic plunge into psychedelia and spectralism. The Doors meet -â and unapologetically drown out -â Pierre Boulez. Completed in 2000, an Italian composerâs nearly 45-minute confrontation...
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