Category: Psychedelic Book Review

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...

Manifesting Minds

Manifesting Minds by Rick Doblin and Brad Burge (Eds.)

Originally published in 2014 ‘Manifesting Minds: A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality’ is an anthology of articles that have appeared in the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Bulletin. It is edited by the MAPS founder Rick Doblin and Brad Burge, and includes over thirty contributors....

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Mother, Have a Safe Trip by Carl Abrahamsson

Published in the autumn of 2013, ‘Mother, Have a Safe Trip’ is a novel written by Stockholm based writer, photographer and musician Carl Abrahamsson. Although described as an “occult sex thriller”, its acid-soaked story is a perfect example of fictional psychedelic literature. At less than 200 pages, Abrahamsson’s book –...

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