I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Anthony Galli
April 23, 2014

Union strike. Garbage strike. Nurse’s strike. Gravedigger’s strike.

Manchester, England in 1979, as all of England at that time, was in serious decline economically, politically, and socially. There was no money, there were no jobs, and there was an especially virulent form of nationalist neo-fascism sweeping the United Kingdom. England’s anti-immigrant movement, the National Front, which blamed all social and economic ills on every minority class within its territories, was so strong that its 300 candidates across the nation garnered over 300,000 votes in general elections...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.

by Network Awesome
April 22, 2014
Swiss pharmacologist Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938, while trying to discover a new analeptic. Although Hofmann initially threw it away, he later said he had a strange feeling that there was something special about the chemical. Five years later, he synthesized the compound again, accidentally absorbing a tiny amount of LSD through his fingertips in the lab. He began to feel dizzy and a little strange, soon falling into an intoxicated, dreamlike state. As Hofmann closed his eyes, his mind’s eye was filled with a fantastic display of pictures and an intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After a couple of hours, the mysterious condition faded away...

Questions by Network Awesome writers and editors. We're a lot of fun - you can find us at apocalypse-themed parties, museums of science and industry, and snarky media-obsessed websites. 

by Timothy Misir
April 21, 2014

Sean Gerowin’ second feature after 2009’s Let’s Rob the Cheese Shop is an adventure comedy similar to stoner flicks Pineapple Express and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, except that the drug of choice is acid, or according to one of the residents of the trailer park in the film, “like that motorcycle movie.”

Despite its title, Trailer Park Jesus is not a Jesus film, neither is it a spoof of Jesus films. Trailer Park Jesus is not concerned with his ethnic identity nor his inner conflicts and temptation, as is the case with most cinematic depictions of Christ. It is about tipping with rednecks and seeing God. In the film, Jesus is a spiritual guide, whose depiction is akin to Kevin Smith’s Buddy Jesus from Dogma (1999) come to life, and even has the ability to turn water into wine cooler. The biblical Jesus’ performed seven miracles, and turning water into wine is the most significant, being the first public miracle listed in the Gospel of John and confirming his divine nature...

Timothy Misir is a Russia-based Singaporean writer and researcher in urban planning and architecture. He is currently working at The Moscow Times where he is a copy editor and writes for the arts section. He can be contacted at tim.misir@gmail.com.

by Jimmy Trash
April 21, 2014
The unfathomable life story of living Turkish legend Bülent Ersoy is barely utterable without placing this incredible individual in the chaotic epoch in which she blossomed.  While Turkey has a reputation for being more liberal in the 70s, attested by the amount of psychedelic music and film from the country in this decade, it was not an easier time to live there.  Turkey was a hotbed of war between fighting political factions as well as careless intervention by the US to keep Turkey in a state of conflict so that the Soviet Union could not impress upon Turkey and use it as a gateway to Western Europe.  By the end of the 70s it is predicted that there were 10 political assassinations per day, as well as numerous terrorists’ attacks by the formidable Grey Wolves (young SS styled fascists) and American agents planting bombs behind the veil of being communists to spark violence and mistrust.

During this period Bülent sang as both a respected singer of the Turkish classical canon, as well as the frowned upon popular style of arabesque.  As you will see in the first videos of this collection, he also acted in many films as a young, naive, androgynous heterosexual man, and would be seen in social spheres on dates with women. A Turkish friend told me that during this period he...
Singer/organist/writer Jimmy Trash is an Australian born musician, journalist, dj and herald of low-brow art and psychedelic culture through his own festival, Trashfest, and many other mediums. He is available for shamanistic healing, bacchanalian instruction and nerdy weird music exchanges.

by William Benton
April 20, 2014

Hugh Hefner’s attempts to use Playboy Magazine’s popularity to capitalize in the realm of television never did result in a “hit” (Playboy After Dark ran two seasons as did its predecessor, Playboy’s Penthouse, nearly ten years prior), but watchingPlayboy After Dark does now fulfill a nostalgic appetite as a novel, eye and ear candy-coated view into the swinging, late 60’s high life as it swung into the darkening 1970’s.

Playboy After Dark was taped at CBS Television City the first season before relocating to KTLA in the second (to reduce costs) and was syndicated via Screen Gems, having just enjoyed the tremendous rise and fall of The Monkees. The set itself is lovely and ridiculous all at the same time. Hefner had a lot of ideas- expensive ones, of course. The final result is interesting to the point of distraction: the live “rumpus room” has psychedelic lights and had what is been said to had been- I shit you not- computer panels from NASA which would be replaced after each space launch. The “den”, “library” and other such areas all share a look that would become synonymous with Playboy Mansion imagery (as Hefner would acquire and move to the new mansion in California in the early 1970’s)...

William Benton