what it is:child's garden of grass where i found it: in a teenage dope haze
Ever since I posted about the recent legalization of marijuana I've been racking my brain trying to member the name of this old tape that used to float around which I mistakenly thought was called The User's Guide to Marijuana. I contacted the friend who originally played it for me and, tellingly of the elapsed years and original teenage dope haze context in which we heard it, he also could not remember the name of the thing. He's been hard at work investigating and he finally found the it, properly titled A Child's Garden of Grass. So I invite you to go to one of those states where it's legal, sample the local produce and listen to THIS.
Sir Run Run Shaw, 106, has left the planet, one of the formidable Shaw Brothers of Kung Fu movie fame. If you've never seen any of the old Shaw Brother movies, HERE's a big playlist that can keep you occupied all day long. Another option is to visit 99 cent stores in the outer boros, which often have dusty boxes of $1.99 Shaw Brothers DVDs on hand. If you have to choose just one, many people cite as their favorite THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, starring none other than the greatly named Venom Mob.
Yes, Run Run Shaw was actually anointed a knight by the Queen of England. And, yes, it is doubtful that a group of disadvantaged children from Staten Island would have opted to call themselves the Wu Tang Clan without him. And, yes, it is worth your while to read HIS OBITUARY.
what it is: electrocute you in the mind where i found it: old marvel
Reading early Fantastic Four comics with my kid has given me a burst of energy in re-exploring the work of Jack Kirby, comic mastermind. From a basement in Long Island, Kirby almost single handedly constructed modern comic visual style: integrating collage, compositions that jut out of their frame, cinematic angles, and superheroes with doubts and bad attitudes (e.g. the Thing who hates his fellow team members as much as he hates the costume he's supposed to wear). How could one dude create Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor and the X-Men all within a few years of each other? He also had a knack for phraseology: "Whatever I do at Marvel, I can assure you it will electrocute you in the mind!"
If you care about the early days of comics and the surrounding characters I can recommend Marvel: The Untold Story. There are also a ton of websites dedicated to Kirby and the various stages of his extensive career. There's also a book, Kirby: King of Comics, that's supposed to be exemplary, but I've been too busy checking out the original source material to get around to it.
Hey guess what? Now you can legally get mellow, paranoid,
sleepy, stretchy timed, short term memory-less, and pseudo-dumb all at
the same time! If you're a law abiding citizen who's been waiting for this moment to try marijuana for the first time, you can pick up some tips and ideas HERE via Barry Obama of the Choom Gang.