It was all a long time ago and the short version really is “if you have a bad tour of someplace, you end up blaming the place,” which is true outside of tour, too, i.e., if you move to New York for two years and have a miserable two years, you probably won’t be able to later separate the bad feeling you had in NY from NY itself
human nature really
there were only two paying customers at the Kaufbeuren show
Storm brewing near Abbenrode. Abbenrode is a village in Sachsen-Anhalt, Eastern Germany, just north of the Harz mountains near the border with Niedersachsen. Abbenrode manor arose in the medieval Duchy of Saxony and was first mentioned in a 1129 deed issued by King Lothair III of Germany. In 1145 Bishop Rudolf of Halberstadt established a monastery of Benedictine nuns here. The abbey was devastated during the 1525 German Peasants’ War and dissolved under the rule of the Protestant Halberstadt administrator Sigismund of Brandenburg in 1554. The present-day parish church was consecrated in 1575. After WW2, the village became isolated and decayed due to its locationn close to the inner-German border. Since Reunification, it has recovered.
Christian the Younger, Duke of Brunswick (1599-1626)
Christian was the third son of the Duke of Brunswick, but was educated by his uncle, Christian IV of Denmark. At only seventeen, he became the Bishop of Halberstadt, after his brother-who’d previously held the position- died. It was a Lutheran administrative post, and in Christian’s case, became a piggy bank to finance a career in the military. He really didn’t seem to be clerical material in any case. He got his first military experience in the army of Maurice of Nassau, helping fight the Spanish in the Netherlands. It seems he only did this for a year or so before raising his own army to fight on behalf of Frederick V in The 30 Years war.
No one knows exactly why he rallied to Frederick when it looked like all hope was lost, but Christian claimed to be in chivalric love with Elizabeth and was apparently, playing the part of romantic hero. Awww!
He was very bad news for Catholics everywhere, since he was fond of plundering all over the countryside and scored some pretty big treasure from wealthy Catholic bishoprics in Westphalia. Hey, if you can’t have the girl, you might as well try for the bling! He was accused of considerable atrocities, and nicknamed “The Mad” (der Tolle), though it’s hard to know how much was true and how much was imperial propaganda.
During the Battle of Fleurus in 1622, Christian was severely wounded by a bullet in the forearm or hand. The wound became infected and had to be amputated.Christian ordered that the operation to be conducted in his tent, with a military fanfare, ( also with no anesthetic at that time-ouch!)
A few years later in 1626, Christian contracted a fever and died at Wolfenbuttel at the age of twenty-six.
5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine is a naturally occurring compound of the indole-amine family which includes the hallucinogenic compounds N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). 5-MeO-DMT is found in a large multitude of plant varieties, notably some species of acacia and famously the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. Historically this compound was consumed in ritual ceremonies in the form of ayahuasca, a plant brew of various psychoactives.
5-MeO-DMT acts as a nonselective serotonin agonist (5-HT), in studies with mice the compound has displayed an affinity with the 5-HT(1a) and 5-HT(2) sites. Administered orally the compound requires a monoamine oxidase A inhibitor for the dose to have any hallucinogenic effects as with DMT, as the MAO(A) enzyme deaminates the compounds, removing their affinity with the 5-HT receptor sites. The metabolic pathway is displayed below as charted by Shen et al (reference 1).
The effects of humans receiving a psychoactive dosage of 5-MeO-DMT can vary, these effects usually include:
visual and auditory hallucinations (mostly closed-eye hallucinations)
Subjectively the nature of the hallucinations is highly variable in nature, though a ‘rushing’ sensation and changes in perception of time are quite common.
Hong-Wu Shen, Xi-Ling Jiang, Jerrold C. Winter, and Ai-Ming Yu. Psychedelic 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine: Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Interactions, and Pharmacological Actions. Drug Metlab. 2010.
Adam H. Halberstadt, Mahalah R. Buell, Virginia L. Masten, Victoria B. Risbrough, Mark A. Geyer. Modification of the effects of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine on exploratory behaviour in rats by monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Psychopharmacology. 2008.
Kirsten Krebs-Thomson, Erbert M. Ruiz, Virginia Masten, Mahalah Buell, Mark A. Geyer. The roles of 5-HT 1A and 5-HT 2 receptors in the effects of 5-MeO-DMT on locomotor activity and prepulse inhibition in rats. Psychopharmacology. 2006.
Hong-Wu Shen, Xi-Ling Jiang, and Ai-Ming Yu. Nonlinear Pharmacokinetics of 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine in Mice. Drug Metalab Dispos. 2011.
Jordi Riba, Marta Valle, Gloria Urbano, Mercedes Yritia, Adelaida Morte, Manel J. Barbanoj. Human Pharmacology of Ayahuasca: Subjective and Cardiovascular Effects, Monoamine Metabolite Excretion, and Pharmacokinetics. J. Pharmacology. 2003.
Alex Halberstadt speaks with Daniel Genis, who read 1,046 books during his decade in prison: http://nyr.kr/1ohg4Gt
“Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (‘not the easiest magazines to give away in prison’) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the long, difficult novels that require ample motivation and time under the best of circumstances. He read Mann, James, Melville, Musil, Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’ He read, and reread, the Russians, in Russian.”
In 1985 John Cage wrote ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) without specifying exactly how slowly it should be played. Performances have ranged from 8 to 24 hours, and a 639-year performance is currently taking place in St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany. What is surely the world’s slowest and longest concert began in 2001 with a 17-month rest. A special organ designed to last at least until the end of the performance in 2640 is currently playing a chord consisting of d♯′, a♯′, e″ and the next scheduled change in sound will take place in September 2020. (Photo courtesy of John-Cage-Orgel-Stiftung Halberstadt.)