Archive for April 1st, 2011

Art & Drugs

by lizard

(artist, Ken Foster)


What got me thinking about Art & Drugs tonight was seeing a banner proudly proclaiming that The Missoulian sponsors First Fridays at the MAM (Missoula Art Museum).

Obviously, being sort of hyper-critical about our local fish-wrap, my first thought was: nice, after sensationalizing bad boy Jason Christ and spinning negative coverage of MM issues, you want to simultaneously support “the arts” which, let’s be honest, often comes with some degree of chemical tinkering by the artist.

Pogo is right, I just don’t get it. The glaring inconsistency between the serious consequence of legal drugs like booze and pain pills and a demonized plant that does all kinds of things short-circuits my brain. I don’t get it.

And to prove i don’t get, i wrote this—



me taking a hit of the sweet ganja green
makes culture warriors angry, bitter, and mean
I’m not sure what’s the deal
something stuck up their ass?
I mean Knox can’t remember if he used to sell grass
but someone, O someone
just please tell me why
they leer with dumb fear at folks getting high?

haters of bong shops
and glassy-eyed youth
stinking like skunk weed and old Taco Bell—

these new hippie models are nasty and rude

think culture warrior hypocrites who settle in drink
with Viagra, Percocet, and a self-righteous stink
who maybe hold stock options in corporate pharmaceuticals
who protect their drug profits
from innocuous cubicles…

I’m not sure what’s the deal, but these idiots repealed
the majority will of us citizens
and things will get worse as we move in reverse
while they demonize natural medicine

Friday Fun Graphic


The above video is a 24 hour visualization of London’s bike share program at work. If you love cities and the complexity, chaos, and spontiniety they represent it is amazing to watch the patterns created through an agregate of people’s behavior. Even if you hate cities and avoid them at all costs watch it and appreciate the great graphic design inherent in the the video

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