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Shroom by Andy Letcher

Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom By Andy Letcher

Originally published in 2006, Shroom: A cultural History of the magic mushroom is one of the best written secondary works of psychedelic literature available. It examines a traceable history through what we can know to be sure about the cultural use of psilocybin mushrooms, to what smacks of cultural story-telling,...

The Archaic Revival

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna

‘The Archaic Revival’ was originally published in 1991. The book is a collection of articles, essays and interviews with psychonaut Terence McKenna, which he describes as “my explorer’s notepad, my journey of travel through time and ideological space. It stretches from the prehistoric veldt of Africa to the unimaginable world...

Writing on Drugs by Sadie Plant

Writing on Drugs By Sadie Plant

‘Writing on Drugs’ by Sadie Plant was originally published in 1999. The book is a dense examination on how drugs have influenced contemporary culture through the medium of literature. She uses a wide variety of sources and employs several post-structuralist theorists in her technique. Barthes’ ‘death of the author’ is...

A Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts

The Joyous Cosmology By Alan Watts

‘The Joyous Cosmology – Adventures in Chemical Consciousness’, by British born philosopher Alan Watts, was originally published in 1962. Watts takes a variety of his psychedelic drug experiences and creates a single stream of consciousness that works together as if a single trip. The style is engaging, thoughtful and well...

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...

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