Category: Psychedelic Book Review

Intoxication

Intoxication by Ronald K. Siegel

Originally published in 1989 under the title ‘Intoxication: Life in the Pursuit of Artificial Paradise,’ this 2005 reissue by Park Street Press is entitled ‘Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances.’ The author, Ronald K. Siegel is a psychopharmacologist interested in the social and psychological effects of drugs. His other...

Beyond the Will of God

Beyond the Will of God by David Biddle

Independently and originally published in 2012, David Biddle’s ‘Beyond the Will of God’ is a novel that artfully combines elements of the popular psychedelic movement with the plot distinctions of mysteries and thrillers. Biddle’s first novel, having also written for The Harvard Business Review, RAIN Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and...

Pharmakon by Michael Rinella

Pharmakon by Michael A. Rinella

Originally published in 2010 ‘Pharmakon: Plato, Drug Culture, and Identity in Ancient Athens’ by Michael A. Rinella is a scholarly exposition of the use and understanding of the pharmakon in ancient Greek culture generally, and in the works of the philosopher Plato specifically. Rinella is currently the National Endowment for the Humanities...

The Wondrous Mushroom

The Wondrous Mushroom by R. Gordon Wasson

Originally published in 1980, the 2013 edition of R. Gordon Wasson’s ‘The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica’ is issued by City Lights Books. Early in his career, Wasson was Vice-President of J. P. Morgan but later became the ‘father of ethnomycology’, dedicating his life to the study of psychoactive mushrooms...

Shamanic Odyssey

The Shamanic Odyssey by Robert Tindall with Susana Bustos

Originally published in 2012 ‘The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience’ is written by Robert Tindall, with Susana Bustos. Tindall, a professor of English and a writer, has previously published ‘The Jaguar that Roams the Mind’ (2008). His wife, Susana Bustos, is a professor of psychology, a transpersonal...

Psychedelia

Psychedelia by Patrick Lundborg

In late 2012, music writer and avid record collector Patrick Lundborg returned with a follow-up to his acclaimed book Acid Archives. This time though, the focus was not exclusively on psychedelic music, but rather psychedelic culture in a general, all encompassing sense. In Psychedelia: An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way...

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...

Darwins Pharmacy

Darwin’s Pharmacy by Richard M. Doyle

Published in 2011 by the University of Washington Press, ‘Darwin’s Pharmacy’ is written by Professor of English, science, technology and society, at Pennsylvania State University, Richard M. Doyle. It is an analysis of the bond between psychotropic literature and human evolution. It  attempts to link how plants, animals and the...

Tryptamine Palace

Tryptamine Palace by James Oroc

Originally published in 2009 ‘Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad’ is written by James Oroc. Oroc is a journalist, photographer and artist who has been a member of the Burning Man community since 1999. His work has dealt with extreme sports in more than forty countries and he...

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