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Miserable Miracle by Henri Michaux

Miserable Miracle By Henri Michaux

Originally published in France in 1956 ‘Miserable Miracle’ by Henri Michaux explores the author/artist’s experiences with mescaline; an hallucinogenic drug originally derived from the Peyote cactus. Translated into English in 1963 by Louise Varèse, this review has been written from the 2002 New York Review of Books edition and contains...

Storming Heaven

Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens

Originally published in 1987 ‘Storming Heaven – LSD and the American Dream’ by Jay Stevens is one of a number of heavyweight histories of LSD and American culture. The narrative non-fiction format makes the text very entertaining and, whilst not stinting on the details, it provides the reader with a...

The Entheogenic Evolution

The Entheogenic Evolution by Martin W. Ball

Originally published in 2008 ‘The Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelics, Consciousness and Awakening the Human Spirit’ by Martin W. Ball, PhD, is a work of exploratory non-fiction. Ball examines and intertextualizes a range of topics – social, scientific, religious and philosophical – that maps out the entheogenic plateau. The construction of the...

Exploring Inner Space

Exploring Inner Space by Jane Dunlap (Adelle Davis)

Originally published in 1961 by Hardcourt, Brace & World ‘Exploring Inner Space: Personal experiences under LSD-25’ by Jane Dunlap is one of the earliest examples of both entheogenic literature and of a woman writing on the psychedelic experience. This beautifully crafted text explores her experiences over the course of 5...

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The Harvard Psychedelic Club By Don Lattin

Originally published in 2010 ‘The Harvard Psychedelic Club’ by Don Lattin is a work of narrative non-fiction. It biographically examines the lives of four men, involved in various ways with what was originally called the Harvard Psilocybin Project. Based on interviews with the surviving members and written accounts, Lattin’s book...

Yage Letters

The Yage Letters Redux By William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg

Originally published by City Lights in 1963 ‘The Yage Letters’ has since been republished 3 times. This fourth edition ‘The Yage Letters: Redux’ was published in 2006; it is edited by Oliver Harris who’s also included a thorough introduction of the text’s history. The book is presented as an epistolary...

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Hofmann’s Elixir by Amanda Feilding (Ed)

Originally published in 2008 ‘Hofmann’s Elixir’ is a collection of talks and essays by Albert Hofmann and various other psychedelic notables including Ralph Metzner, Myron J. Stolaroff and Stanislav Grof. The text is edited by Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation. Published the same year that Albert Hofmann passed away...

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PiHKAL By Alexander & Ann Shulgin

Originally published in 1991 ‘PiHKAL –A Chemical Love Story’ by Alexander and Ann Shulgin is one of the finest examples of psychedelic literature to have graced the printers. A combination of science, romance, insight, history and travel; of trip reports, biography, friendship and culture. The book is an exemplary blend...

Psychedelic Optical Visionary Art

Psychedelic Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s

Originally published in 2010 ‘Psychedelic – Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s’ is a visual history of the ‘psychedelic sensibility.’ Three essays, by the book’s editor David S. Rubin, Robert C. Morgan and Daniel Pinchbeck, introduce and frame the diverse selection of paintings, mixed-media and new media works, within...

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