Category: 2001 – 2010

Reviews of psychedelic literature, trip lit and drug-related writing first published between 2001 and 2010.

Zig Zag Zen

Zig Zag Zen by Allan Badiner (ed.)

  The use of entheogens, like the practice of meditation itself, requires a global vision and an ethical basis with an ultimate objective of the happiness of all beings. The entheogens can be used erroneously as mere inebriators or narcotics, in the same way that religion, be it Buddhist or...

Druid's Handbook

A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants by Jon G. Hughes

‘A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants: Spagyrics in Magical and Sexual Rituals’, by Jon G. Hughes, was published earlier this year by Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions International. It was originally published under the title, ‘Celtic Plant Magic: A Workbook for Alchemical Sex Rituals’, in...

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Black Smoke: Healing and Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon by Margaret de Wys

Originally published by Sterling Publishing in 2009 under the title ‘Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon’, this review is written from the Inner Traditions edition, 2014. De Wys is a composer and sound installation artist, and after her initial ayahuasca experience she...

Anointed Ones

The Anointed Ones: Secrets of the Messiah Medicine by Michael Albert-Puleo

Title: The Anointed Ones: Secrets of the Messiah Medicine [HB] Author: Michael Albert-Puleo Publisher: Mythobotanical Press ISBN: 0312222726 Year: 2008 [2009] The Anointed Ones is concerned with a religious sacrament, referred to as the ‘Messiah Medicine’, that was purportedly employed by ancient Jews and Early Christians. The ointment conferred visions...

Poets-on-Prozac

Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process edited by Richard M. Berlin

Title: Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process – Author: Richard M. Berlin [Ed] – Publisher: John Hopkins University Press [HB] – ISBN: 9780801888397 – Year: 2008 Poets on Prozac is a collection of essays, interspersed with poetry, by a number of published poets who have been...

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Mushroom Magick by Arik Roper

Published in 2009, ‘Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide’ by American illustrator and artist Arik Roper is an art book featuring watercolour paintings of various species of psychedelic (and a few non-psychedelic) mushrooms. The book also contains contributions – or “field notes” if one is to go by the front...

Jaguar that Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall

The Jaguar that Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall

Originally published in 2008 ‘The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey’ is written by Robert Tindall, with a foreword by Mark J. Plotkin. Tindall is a writer and classical guitarist and has also recently authored ‘The Shamanic Odyssey’. I was already partly acquainted with Robert Tindall’s...

Drugs and Theatre

Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England by Tanya Pollard

Originally published in 2005 ‘Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England’ is written by Tanya Pollard; review from the hardback 2008 Oxford University Press issue. This scholarly work is an exposition of the role of drugs in the theatre of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. At the time...

The Psychotropic Mind

The Psychotropic Mind by Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, and Vincent Ravalec

Originally published in 2008 under the title ‘Plantes et chamanisme, Conversations autour de l’ayahuasca & de l’iboga’, this English translated edition, entitled ‘The Psychotropic Mind’, was published by Park Street Press in 2010. The book is a trialogue between the anthropologist Jeremy Narby, and writers and film-makers Vincent Ravalec and...

Peyote Vs. The State

Peyote Vs. The State by Garrett Epps

Originally published in 2001 under the title ‘To an Unknown God: Religious Freedom on Trial’ by St. Martin’s Press, this 2009 paperback edition is titled ‘Peyote Vs. The State: Religious Freedom on Trial’ and is published by the University of Oklahoma Press. The author, Garrett Epps, has also written ‘The...

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