Friday, October 31, 2008


Dear Mrs. M.- K.,
As I work on my astral projection, I have found my astral meditative practices only work when I am naked. That wouldn't be a problem, but I live with roommates, one of whom is a man. I am not romantically involved with him, but I sleepwalk. Countless times, my naked physical and astral selves have been rudely reprimanded by him while I entered his bedroom unknowingly. I believe this can cause a shock to my system as my astral and physical selves suddenly conjoin in his presence as he throws a sweatshirt in my direction. Btw, any relation to the Newport Mumfords? -hijinks

Dear Miss Hijinks,

I block my ears against any mention of "the astral plane."

This realm of illusion is -- as you should know -- governed by the Moon, a sphere long known to pull on man's baser instincts. For centuries, that dreadful orb has encouraged numberless rings of ill-dressed people to become even further disrobed.

You are hardly the first mystically-inclined woman to find yourself mired in such entanglements. I myself suffered a similar imbroglio with one of "The Monkees" back in 1974 and had to sleep in a homemade Ames leaf room to hinder further encounters. College is difficult enough as a Classics major without British gentlemen threatening one's astral chastity.

Now, jeune fille, you must do as I did and correct thy wayward path. Dignified living situations are in short supply in this modern world, but a woman of integrity is willing to go the extra mile to find one. Living with an unattached man like a pair of rutting camels absolutely will not do.

You must build up your strength! I myself lived among the Mennonites for a time, attending graduate school by day and mastering my worldly impulses at night. When my mind would inevitably wander to thoughts of unchaperoned sack races under the lewdly winking stars, I found that an enema of fresh lime quickly turned my thoughts back to more godly matters. The bracing country air is also a great aid to intellectual focus; I was able to tear through the complete works of Blavatsky and Gurdjieff in record time.


P.S. ACHTUNG: In the grand tradition of the suffragettes, I believe in unvarnished intellectual honesty -- neatly hemmed by propriety.

Frankly said: abstinence education works as poorly on the astral plane as it does on the physical, so you must know that -- despite scatty Internet rumors to the contrary -- a quartz crystal against the cervix is hopeless protection against astral conception. Children born of such shameful unions are, without exception, squeamish and of limited brain. A few in Romania are even known to sport cloven hooves, along with the characteristic insolent glare. My former husband spent several summers attempting to educate them, but they are beyond the reach of civilized discourse.

P.P.S. The Newport Mumfords and I don't speak. It is best left at that.

"The Modest Occultist" is an occasional column by the esteemed Mrs. Roberta Mumford-Kenning. Questions for Mrs. Mumford-Kenning may be left in the comments.

Celebratory Guitar Riff for the Pagan New Year

"Fuck today; it's tomorrow." -Freddie Mercury

Happy Halloween, Sheeple!

Via Posthuman Blues.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This Is The Kind of Thing We Like

"At The Foot of The Garden"

See more art by Madeline Von Foerster here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yes, it's true.

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.” -Jack Kerouac

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jack's Deathiversary This Week

In true beatnik tradition, we do not view birthdays and anniversaries as an exact science, so we're honoring Jacky all week here at The Chronic.

Since we share a hometown with Jack Kerouac as well as a worldview, here's a picture that looks like it may well have been snapped on the mean streets of Lowell (which have remained relatively unchanged in the interim).

THE CHRONIC'S Most Favorite Hollywood Invocation

Wait for it....wait for it...It's worth it.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"If you look into the sky in the early morning you see them playing tag between the stars." -Muhammad Ali.

LAM On The Run

"UFO behaviour is more akin to magic than to physics as we know it... the modern UFOnauts and the demons of past days are probably identical."
-Dr. Pierre Guerin

For those who claim to understand.

Little-known and amazingly true fact: Claiming status as a "Fortean" can keep you out of war as a conscientious objector.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

"We are aware of the transcendence of what we are about to tell you..."

The Chronic has recently acquired an artistic fascination with UFO photography. We call this one "Attack of the Showerheads."