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Paraview Media Guide

March
2006

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


PARAVIEW GUEST PRESENTER: ADAM GORIGHTLY

Adam Gorightly

Paraview author (and self described “crackpot historian”) Adam Gorightly has been chronicling fringe culture and conspiracy politics in an illuminating manner for more than two decades now.

An active contributor to the zine revolution of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Adam’s byline was a familiar sight in many cutting-edge magazines of the period. He sharpened his literary teeth penning articles on the paranormal, conspiracies, and fringe culture. His explorations into these arcane waters eventually led to his first book, published in October 2001,  The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos, which has been described as the mother of all Manson family tomes. This was followed in November 2003 by The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture, the first bio of the legendary counterculture figure, chronicling Thornley’s amazing and tragic life.

Adam’s latest offering, The Beast of Adam Gorightly: Collected Rantings 1992–2004, features many articles from Adam’s formative years in the zine scene and onward into the new millennium. An audio recounting of this period can currently be heard at binnallofamerica.com.

Presently, Adam is embroiled in several projects, including a surrealistic study of famed conspiracy sleuth and Freemason basher James Shelby Downard. Also (possibly) in the works is a biography of Ira “The Unicorn” Einhorn, not to mention a couple of other articles in various stages of completion and/or disarray.
 

ADAM’S TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS 

 

 

Like so many other young writers, Jack Kerouac’s mythic On the Road fueled my imagination. The living embodiment of the philosophy of following your muse, Kerouac burned brightly through a series of wayward novels that inspired a generation, and will continue to light a fire under generations of aspiring writers. And although he was a roman candle that burnt out too fast, Kerouac left behind a brilliant shower of sparks, illuminating his readers.

The late Hunter S. Thompson was passed Kerouac’s torch and with it created his own heat. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was the natural outgrowth of On the Road, a document of the end of the American Dream. To quote the good Doctor of Gonzo:

    We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
  When Thompson was at his best, it didn’t get much better.

Another major influence is Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, which recounts the author’s thinly veiled eco-terrorist activities of the late ’60s and early ’70s. It’s also possibly the funniest damn novel ever. If and when I finally sit my butt down and write some fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang will no doubt be my guiding light and model of how to do it right.


I’m a sucker for low budget B movies—especially the ones with cheesy special effects and unintentional humor. Combine this with the greatest wrestler in Mexican history, El Santo, and what you get in return are such cinematic gems as Santo: The Vengeance of the Weeping Woman, Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, and Santo vs. the Martian Invasion.

These movies are so thoroughly entertaining that the often-mistranslated English subtitles don’t detract from the simple beauty of El Santo and his wrestling partner, Blue Demon, body slamming such superhuman villains as the Wolfman or Frankenstein into submission. In fact, such imperfections make these movies even more amusing, and ultimately triumphant!


Must-Hear Music One of the unsung heroes of rock and roll, Gene Clark provided a key magical ingredient to legendary ’60s group The Byrds. During his short but noteworthy stint with the band, Clark was their most prolific and successful songwriter, penning such classics as Eight Miles High, and Feel a Whole Lot Better.

Afterward, Clark became the founding father of country rock, although he’s never received proper credit for the role he played in shaping the musical landscape of the period, paving the way for groups like The Eagles and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

During the 1970s, Clark fell out favor with the music industry suits and never received adequate promotion for a series of consistently inspiring records, among them The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark and White Light, featuring the classic tune “Spanish Guitar.” Clark’s mostly unheralded masterpiece, No Other, released in the mid 1970s, was his crowning achievement, fusing together a combination of country and progressive rock tunes filled with haunting melodies and introspective lyrics.

I also have a fondness for arcane audio oddities, such as those documented in Irwin Chusid’s heartfelt and often hilarious Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. This wonderful book has a companion CD that features a sampling of the “artists” chronicled in Songs in the Key of Z, although if you really want to partake of a sublime example of outsider music, check out Tangela Tricoli’s Jet Lady, featuring her magnum opus, “Stinky Poodle.”
 


A warm and nostalgic fuzzy overtakes me whenever I visit Wes Clark’s Avocado Memories and his fond remembrances of growing up in California during the 1960s, a more innocent and, in many ways, more magical time.

Another fave is The Modern Drunkard, which unabashedly celebrates inebriation in its many staggering forms: the wonders of highballs, the magic of martinis, and the fiery inspiration of a righteous shot of tequila. Rightly likening alcohol consumption to a religious experience, or a gin-soaked satori, The Modern Drunkard’s God has a million names, found on bountiful bottles of myriad labels, proofs, and vintages. From the glories of Guinness stout to the psychoactive reveries of wormwood infused absinthe, The Modern Drunkard is your ultimate guide to all things alcoholic!

And of course, I have to mention adamgorightly.com.
 


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