Category Archives: LSD

R. Crumb’s Portraits of Aline and Others

“Whatever one thinks of his subject matter, it’s difficult to deny R. Crumb’s prodigiousness with the pencil. He’s a master of crosshatching, and his illustrations and comics boil over with ideas, all sketched in his distinctive style: controlled yet frenzied, … Continue reading

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Deserved Second Act for Paul Newman’s Sometimes a Great Notion – J. Hoberman

“One great thing about Paris: New prints of old movies from the ’70s, ’60s, and even the ’50s get extended runs in large theaters, apropos of nothing. A nice thing about New York: It sometimes happens here, too, as with … Continue reading

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My Adventures With the Trip Doctors

“My first psilocybin journey began around an altar in the middle of a second-story loft in a suburb of a small city on the Eastern Seaboard. On this adventure I would have a guide, a therapist who, like an unknown … Continue reading

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Fear & Clothing: Hunter S. Thompson

“Countless writers have attempted to copy Hunter S Thompson’s distinctive style of gonzo wordsmithery. The opening paragraph of his book Hell’s Angels is, in fact, often taught in journalism classes as a prime example of ‘The Five Ws’ — What, … Continue reading

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Gandalf’s Garden

“Gandalf’s Garden was a mystical community which flourished at the end of the 1960s as part of the London hippie-underground movement, and ran a shop and a magazine of the same name. It emphasised the mystical interests of the period, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the trip of your life: the rise of underground LSD guides

“Steve has cops in his family, so he doesn’t tell many people about his work as an underground psychedelic guide. The work takes up a significant amount of his time – around once a week, he’ll meet a client in … Continue reading

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A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

Hallucinogenic Liberty Cap mushrooms, picked near Pulborough, West Sussex. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in these and other ‘magic’ mushrooms, has therapeutic potential. “On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass … Continue reading

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