On the Dial
The biggest thing that happened this week was what didn't happen. We still haven't seen Beyonce's 'Lemonade.'
This week we finally got to celebrate The Removals with its premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Wednesday night. There was such a great turnout, and it was a fantastic feeling to finally see it out in the world, interacting with viewers. The movie is so visual and Mike Shiflet's soundtrack is so haunting and layered, it was the perfect setting for digesting it as spectacle.
For those of you who weren't able to make it out, The Removals will release through VOD outlets on Tuesday, May 17!
From the library, we got The Vegan Stoner Cookbook, which has been been excellent so far.
Last night, I whipped up the "Carrot Pizza" with my homemade pizza dough, and I've got plans to make the "Pumpking Enchiladas" tonight.
Some of the recipes sound like you'd have to be stoned to take the plunge ("Banana Dog"), while others are much less intimidating (see the "Soy Curl Calamari" to the side).
For the past two hours, I've been obsessively reading the story by _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 posted as comments on Reddit over the last couple weeks, that Jeff Wood tipped me off to. It's unsettling and wild, and I love the puzzle-like nature of how it all came together.
According to The Guardian, Reddit users first latched onto the story in a post about the cover-design for George Orwell's novel, 1984. That initial cryptic post involved the CIA MKUltra program, which many suspect was the agency's program dosing unsuspecting citizens with LSD.
From there, users were led down a rabbit-hole of similarly scatterbrained posts that when pasted together in sequence formed a disjointed narrative about how these LSD users achieved a higher intellectual state... which leads to their creating "flesh interfaces" that the CIA and Soviet Union race to explore.
One such portal seemingly grows on and into and above the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. It grows so feverishly that the Soviets are forced to explode the Tsar Bomba over the portal (which explains the largest nuclear explosion on Earth, apparently), forever closing the portal.
"Before the portal was collapsed, however, the Soviets had gained firsthand knowledge of one of the so-called Sister Cities. In other words, somebody had gone into the portal and come back."
You should definitely check this out. Following are the first two snippets of the story.