Fun images from my research this week

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Not as fun as the image suggests, this book published in 1970 presents itself as a warning against the downward spiral of sex and drugs.  Laine, a freelance writer, encounters a woman screaming that she doesn’t know who she is while running down a dark and rainy San Francisco street.  He calls an ambulance, and through hospital visits gradually collects the story of a young woman’s sexual and drug history as she deals with the psychological trauma of her alcoholic parents.  Although it’s a “warning,” the book is full of juicy details about sex, drugs, and S&M.  Laine says it is meant to be an accurate account of youth practices.  The steamy narratives framed in the “safe” words of the older male add an uncomfortable layer of creepy misogyny.  Interesting in terms of genre, one might compare it to Gifford’s work on the so-called “Black Experience” novels as invented by Holloway House Publishers.  Professor Justin Gifford writes about the complexities of racial representation in this article:





Issue #9 (1967) of Ralph Metzner and Timothy Leary’s Psychedelic Review

Important quotations:

The psychedelic movement is: “A million people looking for new ways to express, communicate, channel, integrate the revelations and visions of the interior journey.” (2)

In a psychedelic experience “there is sensory bombardment and there is centering, so we have multichannel audio-visual inputs, and we have mandalas as centering devices. IBM had mandalas in its windows at Christmas.  In a world of information chaos, heightened by psychedelics, the calm discs and bull’s eyes that many of the light-composers are making serve as cool centers in a stimulus hurricane.” (3)

“There is no uncertainty about what it means to ‘turn on.'”



Issue #9 (1969) of Ralph Metzner and Timothy Leary’s Psychedelic Review

Considerably larger than earlier issues, this one was published by Sri Krishna Endeavors

It includes an article by Wilson Van Dusan entitled “Hallucinations as the World of Spirits” in which he compares patient hallucination to the visions of Emanuel Swedenborg.



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