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Altered States

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

A Child Tonight

I wanted to touch him, hold him and laugh with him, show him something — just one thing — good about the world, but I couldn’t think of anything just then. I wanted to fold his mother into me, whoever she was, and love her, build for myself and these two people I didn’t even know a world where laughter and gentleness is possible, not distorted.

By Gary Phillips May 1974
The Sun Interview

More Baba Ram Dass

You start with the energy to be somebody, then use it to become nobody.

By Sy Safransky January 1974