But their loss and failure are ours too. These forced changes in thinking that have influenced everything including health and religion far beyond any impact of these four men. Latten is simply there to provide the information and the numerous perspectives that the infamous events have attracted ever since. The focus is on their discovery of and experimentation with psychedelic drugs. Leary dominates the material, despite Lattin's personal interviews with Ram Das and Andrew Weil. Each person's career is followed up to the new Millennium, showcasing highlights and turning points in their lives. Now we know, from this book, a lot more of the reality and the characters that influenced that time and the years that followed.
Then Scoop started thinking to himself. At the suggestion of Aldous Huxley, religious scholar was brought in to advise about the possible link to mystical experiences. Andrew Weil, Huston Smith, Dan Millman, Alan Watts, Eldridge Cleaver, Jerry Garcia, Ken Kesey, Houston Smith. Those who don't, wouldn't be reading this book. Leary and Alpert really wanted to help people through the use of psychedelic drugs.
Occasionally little sensational, but after all, how could you not come across little sensational when brushing through the events of the four men who revolutionized A I stumbled across this book randomly on Scribd, and although I hesitated whether to read it at first - for I felt I already had quite some information about the psychedelic mayhem in the 1960s, I am very glad I decided to pick it up. The trickster, the healer, the teacher, and the seeker, all initially making their way with the little understanding we human beings are given. On Dr Leary died believing that drugs can be the gateway to enlightenment. It is an extremely readable book and made me want to explore this time period a bit further, and any author that can pique my curiosity like that is okay by me. A generous portion of text is invented dialogue and Lattin seems undecided about whether he is writing a history of 60's counertculture or a chatty biography of Timothy Learly and his fellow participants. For some people, that black eye results from the fact that the pair of psychologists were able to carry out such wild and woolly experimentation in the first place.
As an undergraduate and writer for the school newspaper, Weil was the one who broke the story that Leary and Alpert were giving at least some undergraduates hallucinogenic substances a big no-no as per their agreement with Harvard. After all, he was in a car and heading toward the Oakland—San Francisco Bay Bridge. For anyone who grew up in the sixties and early seventies, it's an interesting look back. He describes the roles The definitive book of the psychedelic movement of the 60s has yet to be written. Heavy on the personal, short on the argument the title makes. A lot of 20th century historical figures come across as jerks. I do not respect the way the four names are linked together in the subtitle, implying a much more significant bond between them than actually existed.
It is a fascinating look at a point in history that is hard to nail down. People he was sure would be enlightened by the experience. The tight pacing has its advantages, too: the scintillating brilliance and the equally flagrant flaws of the main characters are amply in display. So many things in this story appear entirely coincidental, paradoxical and opposing, yet all the actors in the play have their vital role for the final outcome, which was the gradual transformation of an entire culture. Those of us who know, knew. When else am I going to get a chance like this? Lattin captures the time quite well but his real gift is showing not only where these amazing ideals sprung out of the 50s but also how these four men's call to action was transient and flawed yet introduced to a generation certain truths that transforms our reality even today. In spite of their personal conflicts, the members of the Harvard Psychedelic Club would forever change the way Americans view religion and practice medicine, and the very way we look at body and soul.
Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Hunter Thompson's Hell Angels, Dennis McNally's writings about the Grateful Dead, autobiographies by Bill Graham, Ken Kesey, Peter Coyote and other accounts focus on the social components - the Hippies, Haight Ashbury, Be-Ins, the Acid Tests. Some of these things are easier to write about than others - to paraphrase a music critic's truism, writing about mysticism is like dancing about architecture. A small point, for a book with a generally smooth read, was the interchangeable use of first and last names. Just in case lacking a review prevents one from winning again, I'm sticking this filler in for now. The best book as yet to get that information may be The Harvard Psychedelic Club. It profiles, with some journalistic legitimacy, key figures and events and cleanly maintains a very accessible, creative non-fiction narrative throughout the text.
You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles. What does emerge is Lattin's consuming interest in Leary, who was himself obsessed initially with the effects of psychedelics on the mind and society, and later on with the Cult of Leary. I was familiar with Ram Dass Richard Alpert and Tim Leary, but I was unfamiliar with Weil and Smith's role in this historical change in America's consciousness. An illuminating drug study in the throes of sixties counterculture. The Conclusion is alone worth the price of the book. He traces the trajectories of each figure, how they intermingled, what drove them apart and how they ended up.
The best book as yet to get that information may be The Harvard Psychedelic Club. A closeted bisexual, and kind of a curmudgeon especially as he got older, he helped to promote the various Eastern Theories that became so prevalent in the decades to follow. Leary claimed 75% of those taking his mushrooms, never returned to crime upon their release. Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test comes awfully close. A lot of space is also given over to what happened as these people moved on in life as attitudes changed.
While these four men may not have birthed the Sixties into being, they did have interesting stories while living through an interesting time. Mainly, they tried to see if the high would intensify the religious experience and lead to increased spirituality. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole lifestyle that he helped create. To this end, Huston Smith was brought in as an expert in world religions, to try to interpret the trips from the perspective of faith. A lot of 20th century historical figures come across as jerks.