|Tao te Lin of a psychedelic trip to Egypt (a psychogeographic history of drug use)||
5 Mar 2021> Since getting vaccinated yesterday we feel supercharged, probly psychosomatic. Sorta like when we got a gamma-globulin shot once back in the late '80s before we went to Indonesia.
6 Mar> Saw The Help, which was really dumb... white savior fantasy. If weed known it was written by a white woman + was fictional we wd of never watched it. Then we saw The Astronaut which was also pretty boring. We've also bin watching Better Call Saul season 5. We're having to watch it on DVD since who knows when season 5 will be on Netflix in the U.S... we got ahead in Italy where they don't have this yearlong lag for shows on AMC + other networks that make u wait til the next season is released (+ season 6 of BCS is delayed cuz of covid). We're also into the 4th season of The Durrells, which is worth it for the animals alone.
7 Mar> Been reading Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation and Change by Tao Lin. We've never bin too into in Tao Lin's fiction (tho we never tried Taipei) but we dig his art + are intrigued by him as a person + this is autobiographical... or at least it chronicles his history of drug use. It's mostly inspired by Terrence McKenna, who Lin became obsessed with in 2012. Trippy thing is we had an extra copy of Flight Into Egypt by Timothy Ely (we ordered a copy + after not receiving it for 2 months reported it missing + then the other copy arrived) that we resently gave to a friend (the artistic ½ of MM/DD/2020) + MM was like "who's the freak who wrote the psychobabble intro?" + we said that my friend is Terrence McKenna + we also told him that's why we don't read introductions, specially w/ a book like Flight Into Egypyt which wd of been much bedder w/ no writing or explanation, just images + the asemic text.
We 1st herd of Timothy Ely when we lived in Rome in 2012 but cd never get his books there + we forgot about him til recently. Not sure when we 1st knew about Terrence McKenna, seams maybe our mom had sum of his books. Our 1st mention of McKenna here on 5cense was in 2008 where we quoted him as saying "Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around" + then in 2011 in our post about The Voynich Manuscript (a.k.a. MS 408) we were watching a youtube video where McKenna said he learned of MS 408 from Ralph Abraham, who was 1 of our mentors/ math professors at UCSC + come to think of it perhaps we crossed paths w/ McKenna back then as our fhesis at UCSC was on phyllotaxis (plant morphology), tho it seems (googling now) McKenna's botanical lectures at UCSC were 5 years after we'd left.
We're writing like this (giving specific dates, etc.) cuz this is how Tao writes, like he himself is a test subject for experiments he performs on himself. Our last communication w/ Lin was at the beginning of the pandemic (March 25–30, 2020) when we expressed an intrest in buying sum of his art, but he was in an airbnb in Hawaii + said he'd get back to us + never did. Our last communication before that was on June 13, 2019 when he bought sum books.
8 Mar> Walked w/ our bedder-½ to get her shot (speaking of drugs). We had to go to Maryland (10+ miles RT) to get it since "educators in higher education" are on the list there but not D.C. She got a J + J jab at CVS, not as effective as our Pfizer but only 1 shot + good enough for all in tents + porpoises. So in a few weeks we'll be able to do things like go to Trader Joe's or a restraunt. Almsost exactly 1 year since all this madness began (WHO declared covid a global pandemic on March 11, 2020). On Mar 7, 2020 we saw Nat Baldwin perform, which is the last concert we saw (we had tickets for Algiers @ Black Cat a few nights later which we decided to skip). Around March 8 or 9, 2020 we ate @ Little Serow, which was our last indoor dining experience. 1 entire year of not leaving this microcosmic diamond district of D.C.
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