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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...

Junky by Burroughs

Junky by William S. Burroughs

  Junky, first published in 1952, is one of the first examples of contemporary drug literature. Not only does it have the structural theme of ‘travel’ throughout, in keeping with the Beat Generation feel, Junky is also laced with many concepts that came to categorize the coming counter-culture in psy-lit, and...

A Separate Reality

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda

In A Separate Reality Carlos Castaneda begins by attempting to reasonably objectify a combined group experience of peyote, the perception of Mescalito, the embodiment of the peyote cactus. He tries to explain it in terms of what he calls “manipulating social cues” as a method of agreement between those people involved...

Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

“Imagine a garden with a hundred kinds of trees, a thousand kinds of flowers, a hundred kinds of fruit and vegetables. Suppose, then, that the gardener of this garden knew no other distinction than between edible and inedible, nine-tenths of this garden would be useless to him. He would pull...

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