counterculture

Too Much to Dream

Coming Down

A conversation with Peter Bebergal, an old co-author with a new book.

"shoot the bokeh (bokeh murder)"  by horizontal.integration via Flickr.

Shoot

An exercise in recreational destruction.

Occupy Wall Street in Washington Square Park on October 8, by Darwin Yamamoto, via Flickr.

Mic Checked

How Occupy Wall Street occupies your heart.

"Talking Ayahuasca" by Ayahuasca_Pix via Flikr.

Meriado

Feeling the Vision in Peru.

"Burning Man 2009" by Mindaugas Danys, via Flickr.

Castles Made of Sand

Some pointed questions about Burning Man for Steven T. Jones.

Killing the Buddha

“The famous, as we know, are nuts.”

Read “moving” and can’t get enough of Eileen Myles? Wanna know how to honor a dead poet and how to get hate mail that persists for a quarter century? (HINT: You can do both at once!) Yup, that’s the rockstar book trailer for Inferno (a poet’s novel), which is available only from OR Books, the…

Jay Bakker from a Kenneth Cole ad.

Happy Hour Gospel

The Bakkers’ son has a church of his own—in the back of a Brooklyn bar.

ruthnorman

Jesus Is Just Alright

A crack in Kevlar cynicism reveals a time of tripped out mysterium tremendum in Southern California. A new excerpt from the new KtB collection, Believer, Beware.

Baba

Baba, Baba, Everywhere!

God is a Dickhead — conclusive proof from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

Image from "Knocking of Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of the Counterculture" by Mark Oppenheimer (detail)

That Old Time Religion

Still strange, but different: Three new books look at the changing shape of religion in America.

Shoes

Sex, Shoes, and California Zen

Growing pains and hanky panky at the San Francisco Zen Center.

An elf spotted recently on the New York City subway.

Elven Like Me

They don’t just make cookies anymore — elves and other changelings are
everywhere.

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain Higher Power

Running low on enlightenment? Stock up at Colorado’s spiritual supermarket.

Love Me Do

Love Me Do

A meditation on love songs and the rhetoric of True Love.

Church and Cemetery on Rt. 11

The Shenandoah Sutra

Crossing the Mason-Dixon to tour the battlefields and bathrooms that have shaped the nation’s soul.

"Hair 2001," by Jeremy Brothers for KtB

Among the Jesus Freaks

Sit-in, pray-in, sing-in, and be-in with the son of a preacher man and a camp of Christian acidheads.