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Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs
by Paul Krassner (ed.)
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press 
Year:
2004 
ISBN:
1580085814 
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Reviewed by Erowid, 1/27/2005

A fun collection of trip reports, weighted heavily towards the silly and absurd rather than the serious. The generally 1-2 page stories are organized by substance (mostly psychedelics) and provide a sense of the experiences to be had with psychoactives.

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  1. Just basically a collection of short trip reports. As has been pointed out, the book mostly takes a lighthearted approach. Indeed there are some humorous moments, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. While I understand this approach and I’m certainly no spiritual trip nazi (I have more than a few fun,recreational type trips under my belt), I just wanted to shake the shit out a couple of the people that take such heavy hitting psychedelics such as DMT and ketamine and make them seem like a shopping trip at the local mall. While I don’t know how relevant it is because the book is composed almost entirely of subjective trip reports, there are some annyoing inaccuracies. For example, I’m fairly sure that many if not most of the trips in the “THC” chapter were probably PCP. And the next time I hear the words “organic mescaline” I might have to find where these people live and rough them up a little. There a few other very annoying technical inaccuries that I will not point out.

    All things considered, the short ride is pretty entertaining while it lasts, but the ride is short and ultimatately pretty forgetable. This is the kind of book you read through once or flip through interesting parts, then put it back on the shelf to never read again.

    Those looking for more serious or profound trip reports, I recommend Charles Hayes Tripping: An Anthology of True Life Psychedelic Adventures.

    Comment by monoamine — 1/4/2006 @ 9:01 am

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