New Yorker in his forties. His counsel is sought by many, offered to few. Traveled the world in search of answers, but found more questions.
Donald Trump's Campaign Stole Larry Flynt's Insane Manifesto
Earlier this year, Hustler mogul Larry Flynt endorsed Hillary Clinton and simultaneously labeled Donald Trump as “Mussolini with a three-inch dick”. In an age where Donald Trump appears to be the most outspoken and offensive public icon, the era of Larry Flynt’s campaign for Presidency (1980s) matched and even exceeded Trump’s blunt disregard of propriety. When comparing the two men, similarities are abundant. As businessmen, playboys (at least three wives each), candidates, and questionable hair trend-setters (not), Flynt-Trump are the dream team to compete in a battle of offensiveness.
History of Movie Publicity Stunts
The biggest publicity stunt in movie history was probably Mike Todd's million-dollar send-off for Around the World in Eighty Days. That would be $8,700,000 adjusted for inflation today. The 1956 film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. As a technicolor action adventure comedy, it follows the journey of Phileas Fogg, a Victorian Englishman who bets he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days with the new steamships and railways. To celebrate the production and release of the book turned movie, Mike Todd hired the old Madison Square champagne supper for 18,000, offering prominently among other hors d'oeuvres, his wife Elizabeth Taylor on a pink elephant.
Ralph Bakshi's 'Lord of the Rings'
Long before Peter Jackson transformed Tolkien’s masterpieces into works of cinematic art, there was a hardcore fanbase that seemed to transcend generations. Since its publication in the 1950s, the late J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy of Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings, had been the object of an ever-growing cult following. A perennial favorite of high school and college students including yet undiscovered Ralph Bashki, Rings had been merchandised in poster art and annual calendars, sweatshirts, buttons ("Frodo lives"), and in other related wearable forms. In addition to hardcover and paperback editions of the original texts, numerous critical and cult-oriented ancillary volumes populated the expanded universe. These included histories, guides, and exhaustive interpretations of the trilogy.
Modern Sex Etiquette
Sexual revolution has manifested itself as the new morality. All around you, people are poking away at each other like junior gynecologists, and you are still spending your evenings with Amy Schumer and Tosh.0. The world is awash with healthy young men and women making love while they Netflix and chill, via sext message, or the usual old way in a bed, but the waitress or waiter at Olive Garden doesn’t even smile at you when you overtip.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask
Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to askis right at your fingertips. In the classic book of that title by psychiatrist David Reuben, all your questions are answered. Published in 1972, it belongs to a literary genre that reminded me of Dr. Winfield Scott Hall, Ph.D., M.D. Sexual Knowledge: The Knowledge of Self and Sex in Simple Language in 1913.
How Cannabis Inspired Jazz Musicians
Louis Armstrong was a much more courageous man than the young firebrands of a later generation gave him credit for. As for "putting it down," there a certain doubt creeps in. I suspect that until the end of his life, when everything was "cool," Louis didn't refuse a joint, but as he says he was "way up there in age" and not prepared to make an open stand, attend smoke-ins, or light up on the stand. He didn't however deny "the beauty and warmth" of how cannabis inspired jazz musicians. He never denounced "Mary Warner."
Funniest Vintage Stoner Comedy Albums
Forget getting stoned and playing records backwards while watching muted classic films; the best mix of weed and vinyl came out of the 60s and 70s counterculture era - the immensely popular comedy albums. A group of original hipster stoners would get together at someone’s house, open the bedroom window, stuff the bottom of the door with damp towels, turn down the lights, turn on the lava lamp, drop into a beanbag chair, get baked and listen to comedy albums. Drugs figured heavily in the humor of the era because they were already becoming an important element in the lives of young audiences. Beginning with Lenny Bruce, the new comedy - while for the most part banned from TV and radio - was able to survive and ultimately prevail through the platforms of the digital era.
Biggest Weed Busts Ever
Not surprising that the biggest weed busts ever occurred in the first 15 years of the 21st century. As the global cry for legalization hits its highest note, so too does an anxious criminal element that is at risk of losing employment. With manufacturing facilities, farms, and dispensaries popping up throughout the states that have already legalized marijuana, illegal distribution is maximizing what is a short life span for career pot dealers. Perhaps this is the final crescendo of big weed busts as the legalization movement continues to grow.
Stephanie Miller's Hatha Raja Yoga
The Dalai Lama once said, "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves." With help of their local yogis, people are chasing inner peace all over the world. Stephanie Miller is one of those yogis. Stephanie Miller is the director of BambooMoves Yoga, and a practiced holistic healer. BambooMoves was founded in 2007, and consists of yoga studios in Forest Hills, NY, Englewood NJ, Palisades Park NJ, and Baltimore, MD. Honoring a more ancient teaching of yoga, BambooMoves focuses not only on fitness and health but largely on spirituality and mental wellness. Often described as the "heart and soul of BambooMoves", Stephanie guides her students in this journey. Stephanie Miller was the first graduate of the BambooMoves teacher training and became the director after the departure of founder Andrew Tanner, and has experience in Taoist energy training, martial arts, dance, and a variety of yoga forms. She received her 500-hour certification with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City and studied in India at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with Saraswati. She uses a fluid teaching style to combines power and grace, and is dedicated to cultivating a deep sense of peace within each of her students. Stephanie works to ground her students in the present moment and guide them with gentle yet focused Hatha Raja movements to find a more flexible place in their bodies and minds.
History of LSD
“I feel like I’m part of a gathering of the most exquisite rascals of the age!” Ram Dass exclaimed at a colloquium in 1977 at the University of Santa Cruz entitled “LSD—A Generation Later,” featuring the man who discovered the king of the psychedelics himself, Dr. Albert Hofmann. With dozens of acid aficionados attending, it was the first time to get public record of the thoughts and feelings these masterminds had on what could be considered a miracle drug.
Was 'The Warriors' the First Gang Movie?
An eighteen-year-old honors student was getting some refreshments during an intermission to Paramount's The Warriors at an Oxnard, California, movie theater when another youth demanded a quarter from him. He refused, and was stabbed to death. The Warriors, the first gang movie, had dropped into the the theater that night. It dropped out the very next day. It was winter 1979, and there were still intermissions during movies.