Category: 2011 – 2013

Cultural Ecstasies

Cultural Ecstasies by Ilana Mountain

Originally published in hardback in 2012 ‘Cultural Ecstasies: Drugs, Gender and the Social Imaginary’ is written by Ilana Mountain. This review is written from the 2013 softback edition. Mountain is an Honorary Research Fellow and a member of the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. This work analyses discourses surrounding...

The Book of Baphomet

The Book of Baphomet by Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne

Originally published in 2012 ‘The Book of Baphomet’ is jointly, and seamlessly, authored by Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne. Utilising elements of history, science, cosmology, drugs, personal experience and the occult, the book’s poetic blend explores the ‘occult deity of Life on Earth, Baphomet’ and paints a beautiful picture of...

Yanantin and Masintin

Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World by Hillary S. Webb

Originally published in 2012 ‘Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru’ by Hillary S. Webb is the result of the author’s work as a psychological anthropologist in Peru. It is both a personal and scholarly work that investigates a number of philosophical ideas within this...

Shedding the Layers

Shedding the Layers by Mark Flaherty

Originally published in 2012 ‘Shedding the Layers: How Ayahuasca Saved More than My Skin’ by Mark Flaherty is an autobiographical account of the author’s efforts to cure himself of severe eczema by undergoing a series of ayahuasca sessions in Peru. Mark Flaherty suffered a severe case of eczema, which affected...

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From the Bodies of the Gods by Earl Lee

Originally published in 2012 ‘From the Bodies of the Gods: Psychoactive Plants and the Cults of the Dead’ by Earl Lee uses pagan, Hebrew, Minoan and Christian traditions to reveal the connections between death rites and the use of psychoactive plants and fungi. Lee is a professor at Pittsburgh State...

Harms List

Drugs Without the Hot Air by David Nutt

Originally published in 2012 ‘Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising The Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs’ is written by David Nutt. Nutt is the Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London and the chairman of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. This book is a broad...

Varieties of Ecstasy Experience

The Varieties of Ecstasy Experience by Sean Leneghan

Originally published in 2011 ‘The Varieties of Ecstasy Experience: An Exploration of Person, Mind and Body in Sydney’s Club Culture’ was written by Dr. Sean Leneghan. Leneghan gained his PhD, in Anthropology, from the University of Sydney in 2010; his interest areas include phenomenological anthropology, psychedelic research and altered states...

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Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds by Scott Teitsworth

Originally published in 2012 ‘Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds: The Bhagavad Gita as Psychedelic Guide’ was written by Scott Teitsworth. Teitsworth is a lifelong student of Indian philosophy and modern science, under the tutelage of Nitya Chaitanya Yati, himself a disciple of Nataraja Guru, and has edited numerous works...

A Greater Monster

A Greater Monster by David David Katzman

Originally published in 2011 ‘A Greater Monster’ is the second novel by Chicago author David David Katzman; his first being ‘Death by Zamboni’. The book’s blurb describes it as “Innovative and astonishing… [breathing] new life into the possibilities of fiction” and, without doubt, the novel lives up to this description:...

Are You Experienced?

Are you Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art by Ken Johnson

Originally published in 2011 ‘Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art’ by Ken Johnson is an examination of art since the 1960s. Complete with images and discussion, the book attempts to identify a psychedelic dimension in certain artists and art movements that have arisen since the heyday of...

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