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DMT The Spirit Molecule

DMT The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

Originally published in 2000 ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’, by Rick Strassman, has quickly become one of the leading books in psychedelic literature. Strassman presents a genuine attempt to tie up the esoteric and the scientific in a manner perhaps unrivalled in the genre. Powerfully written, the book contains elements of...

Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

Food of the Gods By Terence McKenna

Published in 1993 ‘Food of the Gods’, written by psychedelic grandmaster Terence Mckenna, was part of a small host of books the author released in the early 1990s. It expands on the foundations of earlier works like ‘The Archaic Revival’, introduces a number of Terence’s theories and is, ultimately, a call for radical social change....

How to consult the I Ching

How to consult the I Ching by Alfred Douglas

Through a twist of synchronicity, I found Alfred Douglas’ ‘Oracle of Change: How to consult the I Ching’ in a local second-hand book store, just hours after finishing ‘The Invisible Landscape’ by the McKenna brothers. It seems right then to do a short review in light of its recent appearance...

Castaneda's Journey

Castaneda’s Journey by Richard de Mille

‘Castaneda’s Journey: The power and the allegory’ by Richard de Mille was originally published in 1976. This review was based on the 1978 edition. Richard de Mille is a scholar and writer whose study of philosophy, religion and science drew him to Castaneda’s books (as well as his daughter who...

Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck

Breaking Open the Head By Daniel Pinchbeck

Post McKenna & Leary, as time ticked through the millennium a new psychedelic writer began to emerge onto the scene – Daniel Pinchbeck. His first literary offering is the subject of this review: ‘Breaking Open the Head’, originally published in 2002 by Broadway Books. Reading ‘Breaking Open the Head’ completed...

The Invisible Landscape

The Invisible Landscape by Dennis & Terence McKenna

When this book was first published in 1975 it remained for a long time an obscure and little known pseudo-scientific oddity. In psychedelic circles however it gained an increasingly mythical status and as rumour of this rare book spread, alongside an increasingly vocal Terence McKenna, the pressures for a re-publication...

Lessons from a Counter-Culturalist

Lessons from a Counter-Culturalist

What a strange and un-nerving presence Timothy Leary’s writings have in this post-psychedelic era. The remnants of a highly charged socio-political and quasi-religious philosophy, which not only erupted against the established norms of external power structures but which also celebrated the right to our internal freedom, is today, a spectre-like...

Demian

Demian by Hermann Hesse

When ‘Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth’ was first published in 1919, it was done so under the protagonist’s name, Emil Sinclair and its author, Hermann Hesse, didn’t use his own until its 10th edition. Told in the first person, ‘Demian’ is a fine example of a writer rising...

Psychedelic Experience Leary

The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert

The Psychedelic Experience (TPE) is co-authored by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert; three fathers of the psychedelic counter-culture. It was published in 1964 after the professors had been kicked out of Harvard University and whilst the ‘Psychedelic Review’ was still in publication. The premise of TPE is as...

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception (1954) & Heaven and Hell (1956) are two essays written by the English writer, Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963.) The two are now, more often than not, bound together in a single volume, which form a remarkable insight into psychedelics. Through Huxley’s astute exploration of his...

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