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Writings that sparkle with the psychedelic revolution. The Politics of Ecstasy is Timothy Leary's most provocative and influential exploration of human consciousness, written during the period from his Harvard days to the Summer of Love. Includes his early pronouncements on the psychedelic movement and his views on social and political ramifications of psychedelic and mystical experience. Here is the outspoken Playboy interview revealing the sexual power of LSD-a statement that many believe played a key role in provoking Leary's incarceration by the authorities; an early outline of the neurological theory that became Leary's classic eight-circuit model of the human nervous system; an insightful exploration of the life and work of novelist Hermann Hesse; an effervescent dialogue with humorist Paul Krassner; and an impassioned defense of what Leary called "The Fifth Freedom"-the right to get high.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781579510312
ISBN-10: 1579510310
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Ronin Publishing
Publisher: Ronin Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » At its simplest, shaman Leary's collected lectures, interviews, articles hypothecating his nirvana in a nutshell. There are tributes to his unsteady supporters - Alan Watts, Alien Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley, et al. . . . rebuttals which appeared in Esquire and Playboy; and many, many injunctions and incantations dealing with the drug he mid-wived at Harvard, in Mexico, and at Millbrook: "Drugs are the religion of the twenty-first century" and LSD can be the equivalent of organ music and incense in achieving that religious high: the fifth freedom is the right to get high; "the whiskey-drinking menopausal imprison the pot-smoking youth"; etc., etc. Most of the time, however, Leary is far less intelligible and he runs off at the mouth in drivulets of prose - ibid: "You are capitulated into the matrix of quadrillions of cells and somatic communication systems. Cellular flow. . . . Strange, undulating tissue patterns. Pummeled down the fantastic artistry of internal factories. . . ." Quadrillions of words - the same words - whereas only one of his will serve very well. "Stupefacient." (Kirkus Reviews)

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