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In the end you realize that Dennis--who has had a solid if peripatetic career in ethnopharmacology, and played an instrumental role in the spread of ayahuasca culture--is offering readers a lifestory that in many ways is just as interesting and important to current psychedelic culture as Terence's. After all, we already have tons of accounts of wild and crazy psychedelic fabulists.Read more ›
The story is about two young men, thankfully too foolish to know better, who transcended consciousness, and returned to tell the tale. Terrance the poet and Dennis the scientist.
Told with honesty and love.
Now if only we could learn how to create a society that honours such explorers. Just as we all sat slack-jawed when Armstrong set foot on the moon, we should ticker-tape the bravery of those who step to the edge of awareness. We need to find ways to debrief the ones who manage to make it back from the abyss, and to teach ourselves how to make the journey.
It must have caused Dennis a tremendous amount of pain to write the story, but on the other side I can hear Terry laughing.
Tormentor forever. With love.
Most of the controversial (read: interesting) elements of Terence's life are almost entirely glossed over. The fact that he apparently stopped using psychedelics after a particularly dark trip, for instance, is not addressed - although it was bought to light prior to the book's publication, it must have been edited out. This is extremely disappointing. I'm not kidding when I say that the biggest questions associated with Terence are dismissed in one or two throwaway lines, whilst pages are devoted to minor romantic relationships in Dennis' life, including high school crushes, etc.
What becomes apparent during a reading of this book is that Terence and Dennis McKenna don't appear to have been all that close. Aside from the events that Terence himself wrote about in True Hallucinations, Dennis is pretty up front about not having had a lot to do with Terence. This means that large tracts of this book are dedicated to fairly mundane details about Dennis' career and love life.
I think I could have stood the lack of detail re: Terence's personal life, had there not been quite so very much (entirely unnecessary) detail about Dennis' in here.
The book feels somewhat like a bait and switch. I very much doubt that the Kickstarter would have been funded if people had known that it would be so timid to directly address the questions we really had about Terence McKenna - what was he like as a person? Dennis says that he was very loquacious and charming, but we knew that already.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the closest perspective of Terrence' s life aside from perhaps himself, Dennis recounts his tale of the life of his brother in a very heartfelt way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim C.
Great read! Lots of history/ info about Terence, Dennis, and of the the timesPublished 7 months ago by J. C.
I am biased due to my admiration of both the McKenna brothers, who inspire me as Great Explorers of Consciousness. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ian Scott Miles
Interesting book by someone who's done, and continues to do, good work and deserves to be known as more than Terence's brother. Read morePublished 10 months ago by anonymous reviewer
The lesser known McKenna provides an excellent insight into his brother and the psychedelic era.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, nice to read Dennis McKenna's views of his brother Terence McKenna, plus hearing a more scientific point of view about their experiences.Published 11 months ago by Jonathan Wilhelm