Life and Death on Mount Everest

The Wildest Dream Mt Everest Film Still

“…the highest of mountains is capable of severity, a severity so awful sand so fatal that the wiser sort of men do well to think and tremble even on the threshhold of their high endeavor.” — George Mallory No matter how immovable the many mountains may seem, the recent earthquakes in Nepal have illuminated to […]

420 – Green Is Good

420 - Green Is Good

“Hemp is, by far, Earth’s premier, renewable natural resource.” — Jack Herer In Jack Herer’s scathing Corporate takedown, The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy, he talks about the history of hemp: Botanically, hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on Earth. It is a dioecious (having male, female […]

Head-On Collision with Desensitized Narcissism

Head-On Collision with Desensitized Narcissism

The intimate time and space of a single human being had been fossilized forever in this web of chromium knives and frosted glass.                                                                 […]

Hirohito & His Legacy

Hirohito & His Legacy

“He is a little man, about five feet two inches in height, in a badly cut gray striped suit, with trousers a couple of inches too short. He has a pronounced facial tic and his right shoulder twitches constantly. When he walks, he throws his right leg a little sideways as if he has no […]

Great Society for Hundred-Percenters

Great Society for Hundred-Percenters

What is it about storytellers’ imagination that it is inspired by the dystopian rather than the utopian? Dystopian novels are intriguing, for sure, and they reconfigure our social, political, and economic failings in a contextualized environment. They are literary caveats, Cassandra-like parables about what our world could become if we give in to our fears […]

The Great Spaz-Be

The Great Spaz-Be

In America, our cultural institutions tend towards blowing shit up — think Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and various buff villain-thrashing superheroes. Yet for all our notorious bubblegum philistinism, we read too, and there are certain literary characters that are quite beloved: Sal Paradise, Holden Caulfield, Ignatius Reilly, and Captain Ahab, to name but a […]

Best Spy Films

Ipcress File Michael Caine

What is the allure with espionage? Where does the public fascination come from? Is it the admiration of the lone man (or woman) who, using his (or her) advanced tactical survival skills, against all odds, manages to find the right combination of intelligence tidbits, which added up, end the evil machinations of runaway discretionary programs […]

Born To Run

Billy & Caballo © Christopher McDougall

“Poetry, Music, Forests, Oceans, Solitude—They were what developed enormous personal strength. I came to realize that spirit, as much or more than physical conditioning, had to be stored up before a race.” —Herb Elliot, Olympic Champion and World-Record Holder the Mile who trained in bare feet, wrote poetry and retired undefeated. Rising up, a head […]

Empire Folly

Empire Folly

“Who could conquer Tenochtitlan? Who could shake the foundation of heaven…?”   It is the winter of 1519 and there is much ado in Old Worlds and New: the Roman Papacy, led by Leo X is doing its best to suppress a renegade heretic named Martin Luther from spreading his blasphemies; Ferdinand Magellan is outfitting […]

Pass The Ayahuasca, Watson…

Pass the Ayahuasca, Watson (HESO Magazine)

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made…” — [Genesis 3:1] Where does life come from? It’s a question that has plagued man since the first spark of consciousness emerged. To seek it, people have looked to the sky, opened up sacred books, peered through microscopes, […]