[Reality Booty] • Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the psychedelic 60’s, The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin comes along. This book provides a mind expanding look at the four key players who started a revolution. Houston Smith, Richard Alpert, Andrew Weil, and Timothy Leary were brought together through the Harvard University Psilocybin research project in the early 1960’s. The “Cambridge Quartet” changed the way our society viewed mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Here’s what Publishers Weekly has to say:
“In this beautifully constructed study, Lattin (Jesus Freaks) brings together four of the most memorable figures from that period. Each comes across as a flawed genius and irrepressible fanatic. The author says of Leary that he activate[d] conservative anxiety in America, but this could easily describe any of the players in this grim and gritty story. Laying out their stories side by side in roughly chronological form, the author traces the lives of each of the players, exposing a kind of dysfunctional relationship among them that is not part of our corporate memory. This is a fast-moving, dispassionate recounting of a seminal period in our history, and all in all, a wonderful book.”
To win a copy of The Harvard Psychedelic Club, courtesy of Harper Collins, leave a comment describing your most profound mind expanding experience (with or without the use of substances). The person who takes us on the best written trip wins! Contest ends March 1.