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Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures Paperback – November 1, 2000
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Editor Hayes' "brief cultural history of tripping" contains 50 personal accounts of psychedelic drug use both by such names as sf author Robert Charles Wilson and, mostly, by first-name-only regular folks. Hayes' purpose is to delineate the place in contemporary cultural history of psychedelic substances and the urge to ingest them. "The fact is that human beings will always want to suspend everyday reality . . and they will always be at least curious about alternate states of consciousness," he says, citing historical antecedents. The reminiscences recall using the likes of LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, and the range of experiences reported is panoramic and includes much rumination. The concluding conversation with "shamanologist," lecturer, and author Terrence McKenna, "arguably, the most eloquent . . . spokesman for the psychedelic experience and the plant kingdom from which it emanates," is entirely fitting. For seriously treating what is often characterized as nihilistic and destructive entertainment, the book deserves its place in the literature of psychoactive substances. Mike Tribby
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"... a fascinating journey through the wonders and terrors of psychedelic life." -- Elle, Nov. 2000
...the best collection of psychedelic traveler's tales that I have read in a long, long time. -- Jay Stevens, author of Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream
This courageous book ...will captivate, inspire, caution and educate. -- Rick Doblin, founder, Multidisplincary Association for Psychedlic Studies
This terrifically engaging compendium ...avoids all of the expected ...cliches. ...a group of highly literate...testimonies... -- Publishers Weekly, September 11, 2000
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Tripping is the best story-telling approach to the psychedelic encounter that I have read or experienced. I have always felt that all story-telling festivals need a psychedelic tent, because these extreme experiences are some of the best stories human beings can tell. Through the psychedelic medium human beings still tell stories of meeting gods and demons, travelling to new fantastic worlds, and taking mythic and perilous journeys.
Even though these stories are about the experiences of a number of travellers, Hayes has expertly rewritten their accounts through a single narrative voice. This gives the book continuity it otherwise might have lacked.
Bruce Eisner's story about taking too much LSD at Burning Man is hilarious. Very well done.
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