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The Man and the Legend: An Appreciation of Howard Marks

Dennis Howard Marks, cannabis smuggler extraordinaire, died from cancer in 2016 at the age of 70. Born in 1945, he belonged to that generation who came of age as the alternative society and psychedelic drug culture really began to flower in the second half of the 1960s.

The Tawny One: Soma, Hoama and Ayahuasca by Matthew Clark

In The Tawny One, Matthew Clark argues that the evidence for the identity of the Vedic plant ‘soma’ most likely points towards an ayahuasca-like vine or grass concoction that includes multiple ingredients. Not only does the array of potential candidates appear to point toward this thesis, but the practicalities of running such a ritual appear to find their best modern correlates in certain ayahuasca traditions.

Hippie by Lee Martin

Hippie is Gloucestershire-born adventurer Lee Martin’s “metaphysical pseudo-biography”. It is a first-person narrative of Martin’s teenage and adult years, focusing on his experiences of some of the key moments in the hippie cultural phenomenon.

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