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I'll get this out of the way first: presenting this anthology as a "psychedelic reader" is somewhat misleading. Only a portion of the writings are actually about psychedelics, many instead centering around opiates and cocaine. Some of these are only tangentially related, such as the selections from "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray." There are a few others about absinthe or speed, a Phillip K. Dick story about sci-fi drugs in Mars colonies, and a chapter from "Alice's Adventures
If you are looking for an author discussing psychedelics but not quite sure who this books is just for you. It is full of short exerts from many different writers. I find that the book had a good balance of different psychedelics and different experiences. It was a good read and gave me greater insight into authors to peruse from here.
I read this in high school and thought it was very scandalous at the time. It really wasn't all that scandalous, however, it was a great introduction to the works of Freud, Leary, and Burroughs.
This book got me into a lot of trouble as a teenager (yes, I got busted smoking nutmeg). A fascinating read for those of us psychecurious kids who didn't have the internet telling us how to get high.
including both fiction and nonfiction, this is a fantastic collection of writing about drugs.
Anthologies are tricky because some stories are lacking and others are exemplary. On one hand, this was an appetizer for great writers regarding psychedelic or drug themes. On the other, some authors were grossly unfitting and I failed to see the connection for their stories to be featured.