On this day in 1943, a Swiss chemist accidentally discovers the hallucinogenic properties of LSD. So we’ll feature some trippy music today, beginning with Jimi Hendrix’ “In 1983…A Merman I Should Turn To Be.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.