Rave New World

Michelle Lhooq
Field notes from the frontier of drugs and raving, by gonzo reporter Michelle Lhooq
Created 31 Dec 2018
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  • TONIGHT: DRUGS, GRIEF, EARTHQUAKES
    01 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Recently I’ve been going to underground poetry readings that unspool in gardens, patios, and tennis courts around LA—it’s a really chic queer scene, which is something I never thought I would say abou...
  • THANK YOU DISILLUSIONMENT
    30 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    I don’t know about you, but I always thought “practicing gratitude” seemed sort of cringe—certainly not what I was thinking about during my peak party girl days. Why? It sounded too simple, too Hallma...
  • CAN YOU MAKE GOD-TIER MUSIC ON KETAMINE?
    19 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
    Jon Hopkins just dropped his paradigm-shifting new album Music For Psychedelic Therapy on Domino, and I’ve basked in it three ways: the first time, in a hot tub under the full moon on ketamine (highly...
  • MUSIC FOR MUSHROOMS
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    “I really want this music to be taken seriously,” says East Forest (real name: Trevor Oswalt), a beloved figure in the psychedelic scene who has devoted his career to composing soundtracks for shrooms...
  • YR SPoOkY HALLOWEEN PARTY GUIDE
    29 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    WHAT UP GORLS AND GHOULS, IT’S HALLOWEEN WEEKEND—YA’LL READY TO DANCE WITH YR DEMONS?? Even though it’s always a shitshow, I love partying on Halloween! It’s like, the one time a year that everyone ge...
  • MUSIC FOR PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY
    22 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    When DJ friends from the underground techno scene started making mixes for patients to listen to in legal ketamine clinics earlier this year, I sniffed something new in the zeitgeist winds… Then I was...
  • SUMMER OF SHROOMS
    06 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    When Shanté Cosme, the new editor-in-chief of Mic.com, hit me in June with a prediction—“this will be the summer of shrooms”—I was skeptical. Last summer was the real summer of shrooms, I thought, thi...
  • MICRODOSING OCTOBER
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    In case you haven’t heard, SOBER OCTOBER is a thing. Maybe it’s the changing seasons that trigger a desire for renewal—something in the air feels like the time is right to ~mindfully~ recalibrate our ...
  • SHROOM MOM
    30 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Sup babes! I descended from the MDMA mountains of Colorado and landed in a mushroom mansion tucked in the hills of LA, spending a week living with Shroom Mom, the most fabulous drug dealer I’ve ever k...
  • ON BUDDHISM + PSYCHEDELICS
    03 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey babes, just did an interview on the intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics with Naropa’s Sara Lewis, a professor + psychotherapist who helped design the university’s MDMA therapy training cours...
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