Raisa Nastukova

Raisa Nastukova

Freelance journalist focused on stories of both Kashmir culture and society as well as the rising tide of climate change.

The Ghost Ship of Kentucky

4 Jan 2021 8 minute read 0 comments RaisaNastukova

Petersburg, Kentucky isn’t known for much. Aside from the divisive Creation Museum, “a cathedral of willingness ignorance” as one TripAdvisior reviewer wrote, it’s a quintessential small town. Well, it’s not even a town but an “incorporated community...

God Served Me Tea At California’s Trippiest Festival

4 Jan 2021 5 minute read 0 comments RaisaNastukova

Jon lifted a nebulous green crystal to my face. “Stare into it,” he said. “It will transport you to another universe.” A handful of people huddled at a low table, shoulders wrapped in woven pashminas. The cream-colored drapes of the tent hung around...

Tripping On Peyote In The Arizona Desert

4 Jan 2021 6 minute read 0 comments RaisaNastukova

Despite its otherwise harsh policies towards controlled substances, Arizona is one of the few states that completely allows for the use of the psychedelic cactus peyote for religious purposes by non-native people, in addition to native people who fou...

The Troubled History of Psychedelic Research

4 Jan 2021 4 minute read 0 comments RaisaNastukova

Amid the world wars, Cold War, and culture wars, Swiss writer Walter Vogt called LSD “the only joyous invention of the twentieth century.” The psychedelic drug that would come to define the counterculture of the 1960s got its beginnings not as a recr...

Ugly Animals Deserve Protection Too

4 Jan 2021 6 minute read 0 comments RaisaNastukova

While the Earth braces under a mass extinction due to human causes, it’s easy to be on the side of charismatic and recognizable species. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer shot and killed Cecil the lion outside of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, i...