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Altered States

Special Guests: Bob Balaban & Charles Haid

Guest Co-Host: Scott Clickers

Based on the book by and adapted for the screen by Paddy Chayefsky, Ken Russell’s Altered States tells the tale of Edward Jessup (William Hurt), a scientist who’s looking for answers to some of the big questions of life, memory, spirituality, and more. He meets, marries, divorces, and reconciles with Emily (Blair Brown) over the course of a decade of study where he ingests some questionable substances while subjecting himself to sensory deprivation. Here Eddie finds a way to travel back in time through his own body’s chemistry to the days of primeval man.

We talk to two of the co-stars of Altered States and we’re joined in our discussion by Scott Clickers from the podcast Married with Clickers.


Buy Altered States on DVD

Buy Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky

Buy Altered States: The Autobiography of Ken Russell by Ken Russell

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Buy Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna

Buy The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History by Terence McKenna

Read Is LSD about to return to polite society? by Ed Cumming

Listen to Married with Clickers

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“Shamanix” – Hallucinogen

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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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