RAVE NEW WORLD is a newsletter on drugs and nightlife by gonzo reporter Michelle Lhooq—this is a view from the streets, no bullshit! Join me in the underground as we examine the cultural zeitgeist from the belly of the beast.

This newsletter investigates how counterculture is evolving in the age of platform capitalism, algorithmic oppression and drug legalization. It’s about how music and drug subcultures everywhere—from Los Angeles to New York, Bangkok to Berlin—are fueling the fight for cognitive freedom and political autonomy—and the messy politics of forging new worlds.

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Field notes from the frontier of drugs and raving, by gonzo reporter Michelle Lhooq