thanks for the tip. sounds worth reading. i spent a lot of time reading "crakpot" literature and love looking for the similariteies and connections among the various arenas. for instance, i love the way that the flying saucer lore, the 'little people' lore, the sasquatch lore, ghost stories, the occult experience, the DMT experience, scientology, the bible, some science (the edge ot it, like quantun physics), and so many other strange experiences are all basically the same thing (if you read them carefully and compare). it all seems connected to brain chemistry and it's how we develop spiritual ideas and religions. it seems to actually be a chemical squirt in the grey matter. cracks me up, ya know.
the creative part of the brain works with certain amino acids to create el;ectrochemical reactions that give us creative thouhgt. obsessive compulsive disorders (alchoholism, depression, mania, drug addiction, sex addiction, religious addiction, etc. etc.) also happen in exactly the same part of the brain and utilize exactly the same amino acids to creat what are apparently the same electrochemical stimulation to that same grey matter. creativity seems to be an obsessive compulsive disorder. or perhaps obsessive compulsive disorders are actually creative thoughts?
great stuff. now, go read the entirely of flying saucer lore (chronologically from the earliest days up to the present) and tell me it's not the beginning of a major religion. heh heh.
"dutch courage" is a funny term. i understand exactly what you are saying, largely because that was how i used drugs to help my creativity when i was starting out. but, after a while, i realized it wasn't the drugs at all that worked, it was simply distracting my mind enough so that i could allow the subconcious part - the creative part - an avenue of escape unfettered by my conscious controlling mind.
but, to pick the bone clean, i think there really are a few folks out there (like i said, i think i've met some) who literally react to some drugs in weird ways that actually "create" creativity. that is it allows the unique wiring in their personal grey matter to connect those synapses in a way that fires through the creative part of the brain. without the drug, they can't do it - for real.
i think that exists in some individuals and i suspect rick was one of them. i'll never know. it's just a hunch.
steve - i have to disagree with you here. there are some people whose brain chemistry really is kicked into high gear when certain drugs (individual to that person) get introduced.
i first began to suspect this when and old high school pal of mine - bill was his name - became inspired by carlos castenada and hunter thompson and began to experiment with altered realities. he took more drugs in larger amounts in more combinations than anybody i've eveer known.
but, i began to notice that when he took those drugs he began to have a smarter sharper personality and i swear his iq expanded. he was one of the brightest most intelligent people i ever met - but only when he was high. whgen he was sober, he was a dullard.
he was also a rather great poet. he did lots of emily dickensonian type poems with a healthy dash of dylan thomas. but he never showed anybody. he really thought that art was not meant to be shared with anyone and that if it was great art, it would be discovered as such on it's own. so he hid his poems. he only showed me one poem ever and (though i'm no expert on poetry) it struck me as quite good. we once got stuck on a mountain pass in a blizzard and had to sit in our car for about 16 hours before we could get out - all the time high on speed and cheap beer. we had thiese intense conversations about art that went on for hours and almost lead to fisticuffs. i so disagreed with his 'hide the art' philosophy that we both began slavering at the mouth. an amazing memorable night for me.
anyway, after he quit drugs, he joined the army and became one of those "army personalities" they create intentionally attempt to create in recruits there. i don't know whatever happened to his existing poetry, but he now claims that he never wrote poems and that such a suggestion was the same as calling him a fag. sad, really.
emek - i want to correct a misunderstanding you may have brought to the table. you seem to think that i might be 'dismissing' his work as 'just stoner art'. nothing could be further from the truth. i consider rick griffin one of my oldest heroes and the last thing i would ever do is dismiss ANYTHING he did (even his - gulp! - christian art.)
when i talk about someone who uses drugs to enhance his art, that is not a dismissal, but a recognition of someone who has tapped into something that they uniquely control. those other folks i described as having that 'detail concentration' thing (and that i suspect griffin of having) astonish me. i consider them a sort of genius level artists. i would never dismiss anybody's art simply because they used different drugs than me.
no, i think you were assuming that i was somehow "putting-down" rick griffin when i wasn't. perhaps you may think that working with drugs is somehow a lessening of his accomplishment, but i sure don't. the guy was an artist far above most of those frauds we stash in our "art museums".