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The final kick in the shins is that the only actual revelation which came out of this book is rumored to have been removed from the manuscript shortly before publication and apparently can only be found circulating various web forums - believe me it is a whopper, and if it's true, I've lost some respect for Dennis because he couldn't stomach keeping the truth in there. Of course, I could confirm it myself but that would require me finishing this thing and that's a tall order. I am not normally this cynical with reviews, but am getting tired of all the BS going on in the psychedelic movement and this is just one more layer on top of many.
1st star for writing it at all
2nd star for whatever little info is there about Terence and just because if it had been advertised differently, I would have been much more receptive to the end product (aka the life and times of Dennis McKenna).
Dennis's book was so guileless, and the more moving for it's guilelessness. I do feel I know Terence now more than I ever knew him before (having spent many workshops at Esalen with him in the 90's); more than I ever expected to be able to know him. Dennis's guilelessness is the mirror opposite of his brother's (as Terence himself put it) "dog and pony show". (And what a show it was!)
Don't get me wrong- I am a card carrying Terence fanatic. Adore the guy, still. And of course psychedelics was but one of his topics of interest and thought provocation. But my interest in psychedelics specifically makes me hope fervently for more output from Dennis.
I was disappointed that probably the biggest revelation of the book appears to have been edited out in later prints. This is that Terrence had a very difficult mushroom trip about '89 with his wife Kat; he never took mushrooms again after this point and only took other psychedelics very infrequently; and everything after this personal crisis was fallout. Bruce Damer ran a seminar where he quotes at least two full pages from a fascinating and deeply revealing part of the book in a chapter called "Symbiosis Shattered". There is now no such chapter in the book, but the less revealing parts of Bruce's excerpt are still in the chapter called "The Bard in Light and Shadow". I think it's a shame that it has been removed from the book (as far as I can work out?) because there are very important lessons here for everyone including Terrence's fans (you can search for: Podcast 316 - "A Deep Dive Into the Mind of McKenna" to find Damer's seminar).
I can understand that it was very personal for Terrence, but I think that it could be revealed now that he has passed away. Anyway Dennis must have had a good reason to remove it. His book is about a family member. And I couldn't have been as honest as Dennis was in his book, discussing all of his failures, or lessons, in his romantic life to give just one example.