Category: Psychedelic Book Review

Timothy Leary

Literary Review: Timothy Leary The Harvard Years by James Penner (Ed)

Originally published in 2014 Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years – Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and others – is a collection of Leary’s authored and co-authored scholarly papers on hallucinogens. Sympathetically compiled, along with an introduction, by James Penner, the collection brings...

Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

  Published in 2013, Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey is a book on witchcraft that combines polemic prose, poetry and a manifesto. It is a rather slim volume, yet within its pages one finds a rich work that discusses related subjects such as nature, politics, dreams, feminism and various mind-altering...

Thousand Times Broken

Thousand Times Broken by Henri Michaux

Thousand Times Broken is comprised of 3 never-before-translated books by Henri Michaux, originally written between 1956-1959. Undertaken while the author experimented with mescaline, ‘Peace in the Breaking’, ‘Watchtowers on Targets’, and ‘400 Men on the Cross’, reveal the creative output of a deeply experimental artist and writer. Gillian Conoley’s translation is...

Politics of Addiction

The Politics of Addiction: Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England since the 1960s by Sarah G. Mars

Originally published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘The Politics of Addiction: Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England since the 1960s’ is written by Sarah G. Mars. At the time of publication, Mars was Qualitative Project Director, Heroin Price and Purity Outcomes Study, at the University of San Francisco. She...

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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...

Juxtapoz Psychedelic

Juxtapoz Psychedelic by Hannah Stouffer (Ed.)

Copyrighted in 2013 but released in spring 2014, ‘Juxtapoz Psychedelic’ is an art book edited by American artist and illustrator Hannah Stouffer. As revealed by its title, the book includes psychedelic art emanating from the eclectic universe of San Francisco based Juxtapoz Magazine, of which Stouffer is a long-time contributor....

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...

Rediscovering Drugs

Reconsidering Drugs: Mapping Victorian and Modern Drug Discourses by Lawrence Driscoll

Title: Reconsidering Drugs: Mapping Victorian and Modern Drug Discourses [HB] Author: Lawrence Driscoll Publisher: Palgrave ISBN: 0312222726 Year: 2000 In the introduction to Reconsidering Drugs, its author Lawrence Driscoll describes a society that promulgates the idea that “we investigate the problem of drugs, assuming that only they use drugs, and...

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...

The Hashish Club

The Hashish Club Vol.1 & 2 by Peter Haining

Originally published in two volumes in 1975 ‘The Hashish Club: An Anthology of Drug Literature’ is compiled and edited by Peter Haines. Volume one looks at the founding of the modern tradition of pharmacography, from Coleridge to Crowley, while the second looks at the psychedelic era, Huxley to Lennon. This...

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