The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Although only 50% of the way through reading the book, I wanted to post a positive review now to help persuade anyone sitting on the fence to go ahead and buy it now; I can't imagine its quality changing significantly after this point, it has been consistently great so far. Regardless, I'll update my review once I'm completely done.
UPDATE (29 NOV 12):
So, I'm now 75% of the way through the book, and it's continued to be an excellent ride. What I've really enjoyed is the much-needed and long-overdue reality check which the cult of personality that is "Terence McKenna" receives at the hands of his little brother. Yet, it's not a harsh reality check that destroy's any love towards Terence; in fact, it simply makes him more lovable, because you see that he's just as flawed, in his own unique way, as the rest of us. I've gained far more genuine respect for both members of the brotherhood by reading and pondering the stories told in this book than by watching any number of videos about and by them.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is as follows:
"The problem with DMT, and part of its challenge, is that the experience is inherently ineffable; it cannot be described in ordinary language, it is translinguistic. You come down, slam back into your body, out of breath, suffused with ecstasy, babbling, sobbing. And yet we are linguistic creatures, and there is a nearly irresistible impulse to try to describe it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dennis McKenna took on a daunting task when he chose to share the story behind one of the most mystifying and complex characters in the global village of truth-seekers. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Andrew
Superbely written. Everything you want to know about the brothers. Thank you Dennis for writting this book.Published 1 month ago by Damo
Arrived on time and as advertised. I will order from this vendor again.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you know anything at all about brothers -- and particularly these brothers -- you'll love this counterpoint story that Dennis has so generously shared. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B2
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 11 months ago by Jim C.
Great read! Lots of history/ info about Terence, Dennis, and of the the timesPublished 13 months ago by J. C.