VICE: A few weeks ago, a PR rep at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino asked me to drive a few hours into Eastern Connecticut to interview Lauryn Hill. Now I like L-Boogie as much as the next guy. She’s known to not like white people all that much, Sister Act II has a great post-colon tagline (“Back In The Habit”), and The Miseducation Of… would have been perfect if it weren’t for the clips of kids learning between tracks. It seemed like as good a time as any to take a bunch of acid. The guy pictured above is my friend “John” (not his real name). I wanted to go with him because in real life his last name is Hill, and he’s a magnet for thuggish behavior. He’s a crazy ex-Mormon that’s been mugged four or five times in the past few months. One of those times he was hacked in the head with a machete. Those two brown squares on his mouth are tabs of lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as acid. We arrived at the casino around 6 PM. With more than 10,000 employees, Mohegan Sun is the second-largest casino in the states. It’s located on a reservation, and according to the brochure, it’s “inspired by the spirits of the four winds.” It’s home to three casinos (Earth, Sky, and Wind), the world’s largest indoor planetarium, and a 10,000-seat arena that regularly showcases “top bands and entertainers like MC Hammer, Gin Blossoms, and Max Weinberg Big Band.” Most importantly, “at any one of Mohegan Sun’s many bars, clubs, and lounges, any night of the week can turn into a party.” It’s basically a gaudy, capitalist isolation chamber, perfect for a horrible, gut-wrenchingly bad trip. MORE

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