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Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness
by Diana Reed Slattery
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books 
Year:
2015 
Reviewed by David Bey
3/16/2016

The book is both a consideration of general topics in psychedelic-influenced language studies, as well as an account of the author’s own “outrageous twelve year adventure” of largely solitary psychedelic exploration, inspired in large part by her experiments with Glide, a visual language system she developed in the course of her researches. Slattery’s personal journey is both remarkable and inspirational. [ read more ]

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Novel Psychoactive Substances: Classification, Pharmacology and Toxicology
by Paul Dargan & David Wood (Eds.)
Publisher:
Academic Press 
Year:
2013 
Reviewed by David Bey
2/19/2016

What stands out in the pharmacology and toxicology studies presented in Novel Psychoactive Substances is more the negative space of what isn’t there than the positive space of what is. [ read more ]

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Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences
by William A. Richards
Publisher:
Columbia University Press 
Year:
2015 
Reviewed by Thomas B. Roberts
12/28/2015

In Sacred Knowledge, Richards collates this rich background and distills his years of thinking about psychedelics’ psychotherapeutic and spiritual uses into a book that is readable for educated general readers, intellectually firm enough for scholars, and flavored by his personal experiences. [ read more ]

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You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos
by Robert R. Arthur
Publisher:
Feral House 
Year:
2013 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
12/21/2015

Only through explicating every taboo we hold can we arrive at social mores, and ultimately legal structures, that honor the diversity of human desires and experiences and stop penalizing people for behavior that does no harm to anyone else. In essence, our refusal to acknowledge taboos and the weak basis on which they rest prevents meaningful social, cultural, and political change. [ read more ]

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The Manual of Psychedelic Support
by Multiple Authors
Publisher:
Psychedelic Care Publications 
Year:
2015 
Reviewed by David Bey
11/19/2015

The Manual of Psychedelic Support includes everything one would need to start a new psychedelic care organization from the ground up, or to fine-tune and improve the practices of an established group. [ read more ]

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Press 
Year:
2015 
Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor
11/18/2015

In Dreamland, the culprits are pharmaceutical corporations, doctors, and decentralized Mexican drug retailers. The story really is one of capitalism run amok. While the book tells a compelling story of how profits were pursued, it doesn’t tell us exactly why demand skyrocketed, though it makes a few suggestions. [ read more ]

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Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience
by Stephen Siff
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press 
Year:
2015 
Reviewed by Bruce Sewick
10/28/2015

This comprehensive narrative charts the psychedelics’ (mostly LSD) fall from grace after a “Midcentury fascination with LSD and the mystical, mind-expanding ‘psychedelic’ experience…” (Siff, Introduction). [ read more ]

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Nexus: Mankind Gets and Upgrade
by Ramez Naam
Publisher:
Angry Robot 
Year:
2012 
Reviewed by Fire Erowid
9/25/2015

The choice of the name “Nexus” is meaningful, as that was a common name for 2C-B in the 1990s. Though most people won’t catch this association, and will instead understand “Nexus” to imply connectivity (indeed, the same reason 2C-B was given this slang name originally), the effects of the fictional Nexus are not unlike amplified versions of the empathogenic and psychedelic effects of a phenethylamine like 2C-B. [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Explorer's Guide
by James Fadiman, PhD
Publisher:
Park Street Press 
Year:
2011 
Reviewed by David Bey
6/30/2014

Fadiman and his collaborators are to be congratulated for having put together such a handsome, helpful and comprehensive collection of important information. It’s hard to imagine a better introduction to responsible psychedelic use, or a better signpost pointing towards its future horizons. The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide is an indispensable resource that surely belongs on every tripper’s shelf. [ read more ]

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Body World
by Dash Shaw
Publisher:
Pantheon 
Year:
2010 
Reviewed by David Bey
5/28/2014

BodyWorld, written and illustrated by Dash Shaw, is a remarkable graphic novel and one of the best works of drug fiction in recent years. The comic is set in a mildly dystopian sci-fi future. It’s 2060 and there’s been a second American civil war. The surviving large cities are polluted hives, but out in the “experimental” woodland town of Boney Borough things seem peaceful, if insipid. Peaceful that is until the arrival of protagonist Paul Panther, a hardboiled “outsider” ethno-botanist posing as a visiting professor at the local high school while investigating reports of a hitherto unknown plant with psychedelic properties. [ read more ]