My New (Cursed?) Orgone Pendant

When you buy orgone you’re paying for a story not magic

Tony Russo


There’s something gross and a little unethical about paying someone for an interview. Traditionally, the thought is that if you’re paying someone to speak to you, they’re going to be less authentic, somehow, as if giving some moron 10 minutes of talking-head space on television has ever encouraged forthrightness.

There must be something to it, though. I’ve had people ask whether they would be compensated for doing an interview with me. These people have generally been people who testify professionally in court.

On one side, I think, “Well, I guess they’re used to being paid to tell the truth,” but it really cemented my impression that when it comes to expert testimony, the truth belongs to the highest bidder.

All of that was a long way of saying that I spent about $40 in hope of securing an interview that I couldn’t possibly use. I did get an orgone pendant out of it, which was almost worth the price.

“Magic Rocks”

Orgone is a made-up mystical power that plays a real-life deadly role in Dragged Into the Light, my forthcoming book. Lots of people have written about its history, but the short version is that it is based on a combination of lies and faulty science.

I don’t think you will be shocked to hear that people believe in its power whole-heartedly.

Orgone is believed to be a type of positive radiation. It’s inventor, Wilhelm Reich, was a doctor turned madman or thief, who claimed to discover it as part of his inquiry into sexual repression.

The shortest version possible is that when people have orgasms, they’re experiencing pure orgone energy. Reich claimed to be able to harness this power using metal and crystals, so did the woman who sold me my pendant.

Reich died in jail after repeated claims that orgone cured cancer.



Tony Russo

Pencil-sharpening enthusiast, journalist, author of “Dragged Into the Light”