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Methland
by Nick Reding
Publisher:
Bloomsbury 
Year:
2009 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
7/31/2010

Small towns frequently have high rates of drug use, but the heavy pot and psychedelic use of an earlier era didn’t give rise to nearly as many people setting themselves on fire, blowing up their houses or trailers, or losing their teeth, minds, relationships, and lives. Life in a small Midwestern town during the 2000s seems grimmer by an order of magnitude, though as Nick Reding explains in Methland, meth may be more symptom than cause of this decline. [ read more ]

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Confessions of a Salvia Sorcerer
by Brother Harmonious
Publisher:
NA 
Year:
 
Reviewed by Spoon
7/30/2010

If you are a geek for reading about psychedelic experiences and unusual juxtapositions (Comparing salvia space with the effects achieved from huffing aerosolized cooking oil… PAM, anyone? Or, tripping in a chicken coop?), and especially if you loved Zoe Seven’s books, give this one a whirl. If you hate trip reports, or if you are attached to having an “eBook” that at least pretends to be formatted like a book, consider pocketing your five bucks and looking elsewhere. [ read more ]

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The Eight-Circuit Brain
by Antero Alli
Publisher:
Vertical Pool Publishing 
Year:
2009 
Reviewed by David Arnson
5/31/2010

What Alli is doing with his book here is to not only further focus the ideas of the 8-circuit model proposed by Leary and Wilson, but to offer a program of various exercises, both mental and physical, to assist the reader in achieving a higher evolution of mind integration. [ read more ]

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Conspiritor
by Floyd Davis
Publisher:
Psychedelia Australis Publishing 
Year:
2001 
Reviewed by K. Trout
5/30/2010

Scarcely pausing for a breath (except perhaps to inhale), Davis guides readers through a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is governed by a central computer intelligence, pretending to solve mankind’s problems via implanted computer technology permitting it to directly communication with citizens. [ read more ]

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Introduction to Neuropharmacology
by Leslie Iversen, Susan Iversen, Floyd E. Bloom & Robert H. Roth
Publisher:
0195380533 
Year:
2008 
Reviewed by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
5/5/2010

Introduction to Neuropharmacology begins with several informative introductory chapters that summarize pertinent multidisciplinary information on cytology and bioelectrical properties of neurons, synaptic transduction, behavioral models, and basic pharmacology. [ read more ]

Lattin is a lively, skilled story-teller and adds details, especially interpersonal ones, that have been missing so far … he “recreates” numerous dialogues, and in the front matter says when possible he checked his reconstructions with at least one person who took part in the various conversations. [ read more ]

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Dirty Pictures
by Etienne Sauret
Publisher:
Etienne Sauret 
Year:
2010 
Reviewed by GregM
3/29/2010

Dirty Pictures is a straightforward look at Sasha and Ann Shulgin—their opinions, their motivations, and their passions. Talking intimately about such topics as friendship, love, and community, the Shulgins are “caught in the act” of living their lives; Etienne Sauret—filling multiple roles as director, producer, and cinematographer—clearly has a gifted eye. [ read more ]

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The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey
by Robert Tindall
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
2008 
Reviewed by David Arnson
3/26/2010

There are plenty of books written on the subject of ayahuasca out there, but this is definitely one of the best and most fascinating. Reading this book is akin to being shrunk into one of Pablo Amaringo’s paintings, where every square inch is a fractal segment of shamanic jungle lore and imagery. Tindall is an excellent and well-read writer, quoting from and referring to various literary sources, from Shakespeare to Thoreau, to wonderful effect. His ongoing candid observations of his own condition throughout the book allow the reader to be wholly empathetic to his story and make for a great read. [ read more ]

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When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Realities
by Stanislav Grof
Publisher:
Sounds True 
Year:
2006 
Reviewed by Jon Hanna
3/6/2010

Whether or not the experiences themselves can be explained by the current scientific paradigm, it unquestionably is good science to describe and catalog the wide range of psychological mind states that When the Impossible Happens expounds upon. Stan is to be commended for presenting this documentation in a thoroughly enjoyable read. [ read more ]

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The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi
by William J. Broad
Publisher:
Penguin Press 
Year:
2006 
Reviewed by David Arnson
2/18/2010

Whether or not the ethylene theory holds any water, Broad’s descriptions of forgotten and arcane topography maps and sulfurous cliffside vents make for some very intriguing reading. [ read more ]

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