Less Than Zero

Set in l. a. within the early 1980's, this coolly enthralling novel is a uncooked, strong portrait of a misplaced new release who've skilled intercourse, medicines, and disaffection at too early an age, in a global formed by means of informal nihilism, passivity, and an excessive amount of cash a spot with out feeling or hope.

Clay comes domestic for Christmas holiday from his jap collage and re-enters a panorama of unlimited privilege and absolute ethical entropy, the place every body drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He attempts to resume emotions for his female friend, Blair, and for his ally from highschool, Julian, who's careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's vacation turns right into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him during the relentless events in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock golf equipment and in addition into the seamy international of L.A. after darkish.

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Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft

By Dale Pendell

This is often the 1st quantity of North Atlantic Books’ up to date paperback variation of Dale Pendell’s Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic examine of the historical past and makes use of of psychoactive vegetation and similar synthetics first released among 1995 and 2005. The books shape an interrelated suite of works that offer the reader with a distinct, trustworthy, and infrequently own immersion during this medically, culturally, and spiritually attention-grabbing topic. All 3 books are fantastically designed and illustrated, and are written with unprecedented authority, erudition, playfulness, and diversity.

Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft encompasses a new creation through the writer and as in earlier variants makes a speciality of universal psychoactive plant-derived elements and comparable synthetics, starting from the licit (tobacco, alcohol) to the illicit (cannabis, opium) and the unique (absinthe, salvia divinorum, nitrous oxide). every one substance is explored intimately, not just with details on its historical past, pharmacology, education, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but additionally the subtleties of every plant’s impression on attention in a manner that simply poets can do. the entire concoction is sprinkled with ample quotations from recognized writers, making a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.

The Pharmako sequence is sustained in Pharmako/Dynamis (focusing on stimulants and empathogens) and Pharmako/Gnosis (which addresses psychedelics and shamanic plants).

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5,742 Days: A Mother's Journey Through Loss

By Anne-Marie Cockburn

On twentieth July 2013 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl Martha Fernback died abruptly after swallowing part a gram of Mdma powder, extra well known as ecstasy. inside of hours her mom, Anne-Marie Cockburn, started to write down her emotions for you to channel her surprise and check out to make experience of the tragic lack of her in basic terms child.From an early age Anne-Marie has used writing to attempt to make feel of her lifestyles. This fresh tragedy propelled her out of the shadows and gave her the arrogance to proportion her writing with the area. during this e-book we subscribe to her in actual time on her surprising and agonising trip, as she offers with the impractical calls for positioned upon a grieving unmarried mother or father, starts to deal with the realities of lifestyles on her personal and faces as much as a destiny she may well by no means have envisioned. From the instant Martha died, Anne-Marie acknowledged that she nonetheless had a destiny, a existence to stay. This revealing, emotional and, eventually, uplifting publication exhibits how she used the artwork of writing, mixed with decided self-belief, to steer her in this negative time.

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Biographies of Drink: a Case Study Approach to Our Historical Relationship with Alcohol

By Deborah Toner

The burgeoning box of consuming experiences, usually ranging throughout and among disciplinary limitations, explores where of alcohol in human societies from a truly various variety of views. when a few students have tested the cultural meanings and social practices linked to alcohol intake, and its courting to numerous different types of id and neighborhood formation, others have fascinated with makes an attempt to control or tax it, its function as a exchange commodity, or its scientific and mental results on shoppers. The sheer variety of matters upon which the examine of alcohol and consuming can shed gentle is unquestionably a part of the energy of the sphere of consuming reports. while, in spite of the fact that, it might make it tricky for those varied strands to constantly and entirely have interaction with each other. This booklet deals an cutting edge method that would support to facilitate fruitful interactions among students forthcoming the examine of alcohol from various views: the "biographies of drink" procedure. Drawing proposal from, but additionally going past, paintings at the "social lives of things," this selection of essays showcases an process during which each one writer constructs a "biography" of a specific drink, consuming position, or proposal linked to drink, in a tightly-focused old context. The "biographies" integrated diversity from the ingesting vessels of Roman Britain to a whisky advertisements crusade in Nineteen Fifties the USA, and take care of varied issues, from the institutions among alcohol and nationwide identification to the connection among ingesting and Existentialism. The publication brings jointly scholarly ways from classics, layout conception, literary reports and background in the "biographies" framework. this permits for the emergence of vital components of comparability and distinction, in addition to numerous overarching issues, corresponding to the shut institutions among assorted ingesting styles and notions of culture and modernity that ensue in a variety of cultural and ancient contexts. not just, then, does this e-book offer attention-grabbing case reports of curiosity to students operating specifically fields or specific contexts, however it additionally showcases a effective new technique which bargains insights of relevance to an individual attracted to the function of alcohol in any society.

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The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History and Use of LSD

By Christopher Gray

An exploration of the private and non secular truths published via LSD

• unearths that LSD visions weave an ongoing tale from journey to journey

• exhibits that journeys development via 3 levels: own matters and pre-birth attention, ego-loss, and directly to the sacred

• Explores psychedelic use all through historical past, together with the mass hallucinations universal within the center a long time and the early healing use of LSD

Toward the top of his fifties, Christopher grey took, for the 1st time in years, a 100-microgram acid journey. So amazing, and to his shock so stress-free, have been the results that he started to take an analogous dose within the comparable way--quietly and on his own--once each to 3 weeks.

In The Acid Diaries, grey info his experimentation with LSD over a interval of 3 years and stocks the startling recognition that his visions have been weaving an ongoing tale from journey to journey, revealing an underlying fact of private and non secular truths. Following the theories of Stanislav Grof and providing prices from others’ reports that parallel his own--including these of Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Gordon Wasson--he exhibits that journeys development via 3 levels: the 1st facing own concerns and pre-birth awareness; the second one with ego-loss, usually with supernatural overtones; and the 3rd with sacred, religious, or even apocalyptic subject matters. Pairing his reports with an exploration of psychedelic use all through background, together with the ergot-spawned mass hallucinations that have been universal during the center a while and the early use of LSD for healing reasons, grey bargains readers a better realizing and appreciation for the aptitude price of LSD no longer in simple terms for transpersonal progress but additionally for non secular improvement.

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Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips

By Eli Hastings

A suspenseful, darkly humorous, devastating trip, this nuanced memoir brings to lifestyles the bothered, decade-long courting among Eli Hastings and his pal Serala. At kinfolk occasions, Serala wore saris and ate delicately from plates of curry. yet in other places, she wore a lip ring, dressmaker colors, and a cowboy hat; would constantly drink frat boys lower than the desk; could sleep under 5 hours every week; and might position herself in harmful events for one more bag of heroin. Serala's advanced personality and probably haphazard offerings are made actual, from ill-advised quests for narcotics in Mexican border cities to unplanned 50-hour street journeys from L.A. to manhattan urban. even if her darkish and annoying trip concluded tragically at age 27, Eli Hastings writes with hopeful answer approximately his designated friendship.

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RoboChildren: The Tussin Generation

By James Hunt

Each decade has its model of the lifestyle. The 50s had the beatniks with their stressed Benzedrine wanderings, the 60s had the hippies with their LSD-inspired politics, the 70s and 80s led into the cocaine riddled noses of punks and hair steel, and the 90s destroyed lives with heroin and prescription drug dependancy - yet consistently there has been the belief of shooting moments of serious depravity in writing. The counterculture of the 2000s grabs a bottle of cough syrup off the shelf and says, "Eh, fuck it..."

Based at the author's actual adventure, RoboChildren files that mentality like not anything ahead of it. What model of mayhem sits on your drugs cupboard? at the floor, RoboChildren is a narrative of a gaggle of youngsters abusing medicines - rather DXM, the energetic component in daily cough syrups - to fulfill adolescent angst and the necessity to insurgent. yet beneath, it truly is an ode to the existential struggles of contemporary adolescence, who're turning to extra harmful behaviors in an try and outline themselves in a merciless universe. The narrator, James, is a clumsy and indignant person, who sees the full international via morbid and paranoid eyes, even perceiving his acquaintances as enemies. the line of heavy drug abuse drives James and his off-beat crew of misfit pals to throw warning out the window as they velocity from one act of reckless abandon to the subsequent, wasting contact with truth alongside the way in which. James' brain is being break up in - one aspect, a promising younger grownup intending to succeed in nice heights, the opposite, a drug addled outcast bent on destruction.

Along the way in which we meet James' acquaintances, Zach, a hopeless thrill junky; Phil, a sociopathic addict of the main perverse sort; Gary, a risky madman with nihilistic developments; and Daniel, the self-proclaimed non secular mentor to the crowd. jointly, they shape the RoboChildren, believing they've got actually discovered the reply to existence, and taking each threat to procure it.

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Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India

By Cleo Odzer

Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India is an account of Odzer’s 5 years in India, such a lot of them spent within the fog of coke and smack dependancy on Anjuna seashore in Goa. The e-book is obviously Odzer’s personal account of her existence and her stories in Goa – the name itself indicates this, yet it’s tough to not comprehend her account of Goa’s Freaks as consultant of the whole tradition of hippidom in Goa.

This isn't your vintage hippie story. Cleo’s model of Anjuna is a region infested with younger druggies with a penchant for making pots of cash as drug runners. i locate it challenging to think that via all her highs and lows, her journeys and her going Coke Amuck, she could have in mind with such readability the aspect of every dialog she had on the time.

But few humans come off having a look strong or extraordinarily interesting in Ozder’s account, that's at its most sensible an excellent contribution to our figuring out of a definite a part of a specific tradition of the 70s. The hippie communes of Ibiza, Kathmandu and Goa have usually been talked and written approximately yet not often through an insider.

Cleo Odzer is herself a former hippie, reincarnated as a decent educational within the US. She tells the entire tale, with brutal and uncensored honesty. Even on the possibility of portraying herself as a narcissistic, self-centered and a law-breaking visitor of Goa.

Her tale zooms in on that group of extraterrestrial beings which relocated to a tiny stretch of Goa. even though established in Anjuna, the Goa Freaks, as they referred to as themselves, saved hyperlinks around the globe. there have been a few in San Francisco. Many briefly shifted to Bali (Indonesia). Bangkok was once a oft-visited vacation spot. They congregated round a number of down-market lodges in Mumbai too.

yet within the monsoon, the Goa Freaks fled the torrential rains and undertook 'scams' -- couriering medicines to far-off destinations. in this funds, they lavishly lived it up within the resulting season. Returns have been excessive. medicines acquired for $2000 in Asia might retail for $21,843 in Canada. simply to hold anyone else's medicinal drugs to Canada, they have been paid $8000 to $10,000.

On their drug gains, they lived lifestyles to the hilt. En path, they stayed within the Sheratons, the vacation lodges and the Hiltons, and met contacts on the Taj.

Cleo Odzer, returning to Anjuna from Canada one time, meets a pal coming in from Thailand. Take her note for it: "We exchanged realizing smiles. Now I knew how the Goa Freaks made the money to splurge on rather a lot coke (cocaine). Now I knew, simply because I'd been initiated. i used to be relatively considered one of them."

Odzer narrates how she opened her "dope den," known as the Anjuna Drugoona Saloona, after boldly tacking handwritten ads during the seashore! Her description of the open air and indoor events essentially recommend those are fueled through folks associated with the drug alternate that's way more geared up than so much folks may possibly dream of.

Odzer indicates the Goa police did not be vigilant in curtailing the drug exchange. regardless of studying her letters and raiding her domestic, they just enable her off. compared, even Thailand used to be very strict on medicines, and Bali was determined even opposed to nudism.

this isn't a narrative of Goa. it's a tale of the hippies' escapades, which has Anjuna because the backdrop basically by the way. still, it truly is attention-grabbing reading.

* Source: Hi-res experiment PDF> OCRed to html>converted to epub with Calibre >

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Animals and Psychedelics: The Natural World and the Instinct to Alter Consciousness

By Giorgio Samorini

An Italian ethnobotanist explores the impressive propensity of untamed animals to search out and use psychoactive elements.

• Throws out behaviorist theories that declare animals don't have any realization.

• deals a totally new knowing of the function psychedelics play within the improvement of cognizance in all species.

• unearths drug use to be a average intuition.

From caffeine-dependent goats to nectar addicted ants, the animal state deals remarkable examples of untamed animals and bugs looking for and eating the psychoactive elements of their environments. writer Giorgio Samorini explores this little-known phenomenon and means that, faraway from being restrained to people, the need to adventure altered states of cognizance is a ordinary force shared by means of all residing beings and that animals have interaction in those behaviors intentionally. Rejecting the Western cultural assumption that utilizing medications is a destructive motion or the results of an disorder, Samorini opens our eyes to the chance that beings who eat psychedelics--whether people or animals--contribute to the evolution in their species through growing solely new styles of habit that at last could be followed by means of different contributors of that species. The author's attention-grabbing debts of mushroom-loving reindeer, intoxicated birds, and drunken elephants make sure that readers won't ever view the animal global in relatively a similar method back.

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