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High Weirdness
Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies
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2019(hb,1st ed,fine/nai)
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Strange Attractor / MIT Press
A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality--but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America?

In High Weirdness, Erik Davis--America's leading scholar of high strangeness--examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

"Straddles high scholarship and hipness. An important milestone in esoteric studies."
-- Victoria Nelson, author of The Secret Life of Puppets

"May this book, like a glowing UFO, land on your lap, and every other lap, and weird our world beyond all measure."
-- Jeffrey J. Kripal Nelson, author of Mutants and Mystics

"Even if I was tripping I couldn't imagine a bet6ter guide to the outer limits than Erik Davis."
-- McKenzie Wark, author of Molecular Red