Archive for the 'History' Category

Going after the green-tip

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

(A version of this column appears in the May 10 issue of “Shotgun News.”) Back in mid-February, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced it was considering a ban on the popular M855 variety of .223 rifle ammunition — the popular “green-tip” fodder for the AR-15 rifle — by re-categorizing the round […]

Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we ‘do,’ rather than what we ‘are’?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Vin’s latest post at https://www.academia.edu/s/965353a49d , where Nese Devenot invites members of the psychedelic community to “come out of the closet”: I believe a false dichotomy is being embraced by some correspondents here, a dichotomy which is beneficial to the oppressors, but not to the oppressed — who would be better advised to form common […]

‘Entheogenic-Religious Fiction’

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Thomas B. Roberts, professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, edited the books “The Psychedelic Future of the Mind” and “Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion,” the latter of which was acknowledged as a valuable source in my latest novel, “The Testament of James.” Dr. Roberts (no known relation to the Beatles’ Doctor Robert) was […]

‘Well, there’s nothing artificial about it’

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The book “The Archaic Revival” (HarperCollins 1991), which is a compilation of writings by and interviews with the late entheogen pioneer Terence McKenna, concludes with an interview conducted by Nevill Drury as it appeared in the Autumn, 1990 (Vol. 11, No. 1) issue of the Australian magazine “Nature and Health.” An excerpt of the most […]

‘An alternative interpretation of the life and work of Jesus . . .’

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The genial John Walker, formerly of Autodesk et al., has posted a new review of “The Testament of James” here: “Hunter and his friend Chantal Stevens, ex-military who has agreed to help out in the shop, find themselves in the middle of the quest for one of the most legendary, and considered mythical, rare books […]

Revisiting “America’s proud heritage: ‘uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds’?”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline? For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=374 . I had the […]

Thoughts on the occasion of the October moon

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

(Re-posting Vin’s traditional Halloween column) Halloween, the day when many an American parent will suit up the little ones in black robes, matching 17th century conical hats, and over-sized warty noses, sending them off to delight the neighbors with this impersonation of a witch, as traditionally represented from 17th century Austrian paintings of the Hexensabbat […]

The Testament of James, third excerpt

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Added to the first two excerpts, posted earlier this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 10,000 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” published by Mountain Media on Dec. 16, 2014. This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved. # # # “You haven’t even talked about […]

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Southbound

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods […]