on sustained experiment with lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD
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FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Jonathan Taylor, 2009 Aug 25
The author shares an intensely personal but phenomenological account that wrestles with the scores of important and sometimes contradictory ideas that psychedelics can bring to mind. His experience of "the acid" toys with his concepts of personal and collective identity, shifting their boundaries in unexpected ways, as he undergoes dramatic alterations in consciousness that suggest new borders or horizons of self, other, and world. This is a rich, dense, philosophical, and psychological trip memoir. It may not be playful, but it is deep.. . . (more)
BACK COVER #The Acid reopens the dossier on LSD. During several years self-experiment the author evolved a safe (as safe as it's ever going to be) approach to handling the drug, in the light of which he began to study the whole field of psychedelics. Many passages from other people's reports of their experience are quoted here paralleling his own: the beauty, the sudden understandings, the fear...even the same disconcerting episodes of religious burlesque.
Visions were serial--that was the breakthrough insight. They told an ongoing story, and as such they have been left to speak for themselves. The writer, however, makes no secret of his opinion that a new dimension to exploring and celebrating life is opening up. One powerful enough to catalyse a new culture--something which, given the bankruptcy of the present one, might be no bad thing.
BLURBS #"Read this book."
-- Nick Sand, designer of Orange Sunshine acid and legendary underground chemist