Fun fun fun
Wedding shrooms, the Journos podcast, and a snowballing sleep deficit
Hi hi hi from New York City!
We came back east for a 12-day jaunt to see friends and family, and I just woke up from what I think was a seven-minute afternoon nap while Lua has her longer one. It has been 90-plus degrees in the shade here, and just now it finally clouded up for an afternoon rainstorm. People ask why on earth we leave L.A. to come back to the city during its hottest, grimiest time. Maybe these summer storms are part of the answer.
It’s been a solid trip so far, starting with family in Queens and upstate, now seeing friends in Brooklyn, and with none of the fraught vacation expectations I wrote about last month. I know a New York visit means juggling 927 schedules on a snowballing sleep deficit. I’m here for it.
In the meantime, a podcast I recorded just before leaving is out now! I got to be a guest on Journos, which is cohosted by Brandon R. Reynolds and Stephen Jackson—the latter of whom, incidentally, I met through mutual friends in New York and is now one of my surf buddies in L.A.
They are insightful and funny dudes (journos, both of them) who wanted to talk about a story I wrote for The Cut about people microdosing mushrooms at weddings.
Maybe you already read my story (thank you!) and maybe you did not (okay!), but either way, it was the most fun I’ve had reporting in a long time. During a very dark news moment (seemingly always, lately) it was such a joy to interview couples together about their wedding celebrations. Listening to them laugh, interrupt each other, and re-live their parties made my heart feel lighter.
Journos gave me the opportunity to pontificate a little more about the potentially magical combination of weddings and small doses of mushrooms. I was excited to add this story (and podcast) to the growing pile of mushroom media coverage because I think it gets at an important aspect of psilocybin that’s conspicuously absent from the current conversation: FUN!
Yes, there are powerful therapeutic applications for many folks, and yes, some people use it to be more productive. But this story was just about people using mushrooms to enhance the experience of being present with their family and friends—to laugh and to dance and to love.
And probably end up in the pool, if that’s an option.
Stay cool this weekend, and have a good day! x
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