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Pharmako/Gnosis
by Dale Pendell
Publisher:
Mercury House 
Year:
2006 
ISBN:
1562791303 
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Reviewed by Erik Davis, 1/12/2011

By the time the poet, plant alchemist, and sometimes computer programmer Dale Pendell published his mammoth three-volume Pharmako trilogy this last decade, the world had seen at least a century of texts attempting to squeeze spiritual insight and religious correlates out of psychoactive experience. Pendell, however, managed to write a work of erudition and imagination that was not only strikingly original, but also wise. Whipper-snappers would do well to study the content of these great books, along with their form—a patchwork of citations and lore and lyric flights that express the multidimensional quality of psychoactives themselves.

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Originally Published In : Erowid Extracts issue 18, Jun 2010
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