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“The pain, so unexpected and undeserved..."

“The pain, so unexpected and undeserved, had for some reason cleared away the cobwebs. I realized I didn’t hate the cabinet door, I hated my life… My house, my family, my backyard, my power mower. 53 more words


Author's Note

Trigger warning: Topics include abuse, ableism, mental illness, homophobia, dissociation/unreality, suicide, drug (ab)use.

Originally published on Patreon.

“Author’s Note” by Lauren Ashley

Hi. I want to introduce myself first because the person I am is incredibly relevant to this work, however it turns out. 11,862 more words


A Scanner Darkly (1977) by Philip K. Dick

“What an undercover narcotics agent fears most is not that he will be shot or beaten up but that he will be slipped a great hit of some psychedelic that will roll an endless horror feature film in his head for the remainder of his life, …” …

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Book Review

Happy Birthday - Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder (29 October 1971 -)

In the late Eighties, Winona Ryder appeared in two iconic movies: Beetlejuice (1987) and Heathers (1988). She wouldn’t be twenty for another three/four years. 640 more words


Waking Life

Waking Life is a psychedelic documentary by the inimitable Richard Linklater. It follows a dreaming, nameless protagonist (Wiley Wiggins) through variously trippy encounters, including numerous conversations about the nature of dreams. 367 more words


A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Richard Linklater gives Philip K. Dick’s anti-drug fable the anime treatment in this tale of an undercover narc, whose identity is kept secret from everyone – including his colleagues – leading to his becoming the subject of his own investigation. 183 more words



“This has been a novel about some people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. They wanted to have a good time, but they were like children playing in the street; they could see one after another of them being killed–run over, maimed, destroyed–but they continued to play anyhow. 151 more words