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High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (The MIT Press) Hardcover – June 11, 2019

4.7 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

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The book focuses on three people who were, well, highly weird.

RAWIllumination

With prose as fluid as his subjects' beliefs regarding consensus reality Erik Davis brilliantly dissects three otherworldly experiences and in doing so makes clear how “a decentralized and postmodern nation―the nation Americans still live within, even more fractiously―became codified.”

Lit Hub

Davis isn't looking to hack your common sense. Instead, he's asking the reader to question the rigid hierarchies of their perceived realties.

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What happens when a trained historian of religions seriously engages the magical mushrooms, flying saucers, science fiction, and invisible trickster entities of the 1970s counterculture with the open mind and heart of a gifted literary artist? What happens when a rigorous intellect encounters a monstrous bestiary of actual spectral presences? Erik Davis happens. This book happens. And I could not be happier about it. May this book, like a glowing UFO, land on your lap, and every other lap,and weird our world beyond all measure.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions

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  • Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 550 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1907222766
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1907222764
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : The MIT Press (June 11, 2019)
  • Language: : English
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

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