Playing with Patrick Park next week

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m excited to be playing a show at the Walnut Room in Denver next week with my dear friend Patrick Park. You can get tickets here:


Psychedelic Aesthetics Course Lecture Schedule and Reading List

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Psychedelic Aesthetics, Literature, and Liberal Crises: A Public Course with Dr. Roger Green

Sundays from 4:00pm-6:00pm, beginning June 8th Deer Pile (above City O’ City)

Free or $10 suggested donation per class, drop-ins welcome


Class format: Roger’s lecture followed by public discussion. (Read only what you want to or can get through. You do not have to have read to attend lectures. You may attend some lectures and miss others. No grades, no papers, etc.)  If you’re reading, try to have texts for open discussion read before lecture, which means you can start reading now. There will also be numerous other optional texts for enthusiasts.


June 8: Postsecularism, Political Theology, and Enchantment

Texts for open discussion: The Invisible Committee’s The Coming Insurrection and Timothy Leary et al.’s The Psychedelic Experience

Free PDFs:

 June 15: Liberalism, Subjectivity, and Romanticism

Texts for discussion: Charles Baudelaire’s Artificial Paradises and Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and the Spirit of Music

Free PDFs:,%20Charles%20-%20The%20Poem%20of%20Hashish.pdf

June 22: Primitivism, Utopianism and Perennialism: Aldous Huxley and the Questions of Modernity

Texts for discussion: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

June 29: Gaming, Future’s Pasts, and Childhood’s End

Texts for discussion: Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

July 6: Junk, Soma, and States of Exception

Texts for discussion: William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl

July 13: Herbert Marcuse, Hannah Arendt, and Antonin Artaud: European Influences

Texts for discussion: Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man

July 20: Joyous Cosmologies and the Invention of Psychedelia

Text for discussion: Huxley’s Island

July 27: Fast Speaking Women: Maria Sabin and Anne Waldman

Texts for discussion: Maria Sabina: Selections edited by Jerome Rothenberg

Anne Waldman’s Fast Speaking Woman


For more info and more comprehensive reading lists and lecture descriptions, check: or contact

Some of the Books We Will Look at for the Psychedelic Literature Course this Summer at Deer Pile

April 8, 2014 § Leave a comment


Psychedelic Aesthetics, Literature, and the Crisis in Liberalism: A Public Service Course

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sundays June 8-July 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm, at Deer Pile (above City O’ City) Summer 2014 with Dr. Roger K. Green, free or suggested donation of $10.


Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the 9/11 attacks, scholars and theorists have increasingly turned toward critiques of the narrative of secularization that have played a deep role in the foundations of liberalism and nation state projects of the European Enlightenment in order to make sense of the increasing liberal crises – from human rights issues related to citizenship to war, economic, technological, and legal crises. The scholarly work being done is often obscured by both the gargantuan nature of universities and public institutions as well as a general anti-intellectualism among American publics who feel alienated from such knowledge centers because of issues of accessibility and perceived relevance.


As an effort to bridge that divide and to give historical context to these issues, this interdisciplinary course on Psychedelic Aesthetics and Liberal Crises will look at the aesthetic issues surrounding subjectivity as it emerged in a European social imaginary and how the use of narcotics, eventually called psychedelics, came to thematize liberal crises in the mid twentieth century and set the stage for states of emergency and exception in the early twenty-first century.  The course will be framed from the start by looking at the contemporary discourse of Political Theology and The Coming Insurrection, a DIY manifesto written in 2007 and associated with French intellectuals of the Tarnac Nine, arrested on charges of “criminal association for the purposes of terrorist activity.”  The book was then translated and published in English by the small academic press, semiotext(e) in 2008, causing a major stir among right-wing pundits.

We will then move to political foundations of liberalism narratives of secularization, with particular focus on Romantic aesthetics in the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Baudelaire, De Quincey & co.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean to look at theosophy, spiritualism and enchantment via transcendentalists and Helena Blavatsky in the United States, we will explore how enchantment in the U.S. eventually comes to interact with the European imaginary in surrealism, Antonin Artaud, phenomenology, and the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft in the emerging globalization of the 20th century.

We will look at how English and European Continental Philosophy came to shape the psychedelic explosions of the 1950s and 1960s in the work of Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Arthur C. Clarke, Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse.

Drawing on Political Theology, we will look at the CIA’s role in creating the psychedelic movement and create a commercial spread of liberalism through William Burroughs, Harry Mathews, Robert Duncan, rock and roll, psychedelic music, new journalism (Wolfe, Thompson, Didion) and avant-garde jazz and critique nostalgic efforts to return to a state of nature and the pre-political.

We will address the complexity of mythology, sacrifice, shamanism and the enchantment in psychedelic protest rhetoric of Abbie Hoffman, The Fugs, and Anne Waldman, as it interacts with Figures like Carlos Castaneda, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, and Maria Sabina, particularly in the context of a broad critique of European subjectivities.

Arriving back in the present, we will see how American scholars have used psychedelic research to advance both the good and bad aspects of liberalism, the rhetoric of science in the promotion of psychedelics, the “spiritual” versus the “religious,” and how American aesthetics code a theology of what Simon Critchley calls a “faith of the faithless.”


We will journey and return.

All the while we shall participate in our own fellowship of artificial paradises offered by wine and drink to induce lively intellectual conversation.


Individual courses are a $10 suggested donation to the professor (he generously will accept larger donations as well). Deer Pile will offer drinks for purchase. Potluck food is encouraged, but we may also retire to City O’ City for further fellowshipping. Courses will generally be one 40-60 minute talk by the professor followed by one hour of group discussion on the reading for the week. We reserve the right to kick out know-it-alls who have not done the reading but monopolize conversation. For syllabus, readings and more info, contact Roger at

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