Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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Time speeds along the straights, slows at the corners and smashes through the gates. Unknown destinations broaden the mind. Brakes scream where they must. Under the Counterculture is a celebration of left-field thinking - mad ideas and strange truths from the underground - from music, literature, art and philosophy... science, sexual politics, drugs and technology... … Continue reading Introduction: Who Owns the Writer Owns the Words

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Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

by Leon Horton Volunteering for clinical research trials can be a rewarding experience, not least financially – or so the research companies would have us believe. To offer oneself as a guinea pig for the future benefit of others is undoubtedly a selfless act, but under what safeguards are these studies conducted? With the clinical … Continue reading Trials and Errors: The Pitfalls of Clinical Research

Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs

It was summer 1991, I think, when sharing a joint on a brick fire escape after a night of acid-tapped cartoon lunacy, my friend Steve exhaled smoke into the Manchester morning and casually asked if I’d heard of a writer called William Burroughs. I hadn’t, but that moment has stayed with me as the dawn … Continue reading Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix: Out to Lunch with William Burroughs

Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

Words by Leon Horton Artwork by Stephen James “God laughs and snaps his fingers. The only thing for man to do is snap his fingers back.” – The Boy Hairdresser (1960), Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell London,9 August, 1967. At the height of his short-lived fame, Joe Orton – anarchic playwright and cause célèbre of the … Continue reading Up and At Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

The Cryonic Man

Interview by Leon Horton Photographs by kind permission of the Cryonics Institute Dennis Kowalski is President of the Cryonics Institute in Michigan. A fire fighter and paramedic for the city of Milwaukee, he is certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced paediatric life support and as a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association. In … Continue reading The Cryonic Man

Cryonics: Who Wants to Live Forever?

By Leon Horton Photographs by kind permission of the Cryonics Institute It’s a philosophical question often posed, but if you could, would you want to live forever? What if, barring accidents, you could cheat death? Swap diseased organs for healthy ones, dead brain cells for future memories? For the vast majority of us death is … Continue reading Cryonics: Who Wants to Live Forever?

Jeff Nuttall: Bomb Culture Blasts Back from the Past

“Bomb Culture is an abscess that lances itself. An extreme book, unreasonable but not irrational. Abrasive, contemptuous, attitudinizing, ignorant and yet brilliant... A book which you must read, as soon as possible.”  — Dennis Potter (The Times, 1968) After 50 years out of print, Jeff Nuttall's seminal manifesto and savage indictment of counter-cultural warfare is back … Continue reading Jeff Nuttall: Bomb Culture Blasts Back from the Past

If You Go Down To The Woods Today…

By Leon Horton Exit my back door at speed (so many have), turn left, hotfoot it past the school, take another left and slide on down to the nature reserve... and you’ll find yourself at a gay cruising area. In a city, you’re never more than a hard-on away from a cruising area, but this … Continue reading If You Go Down To The Woods Today…