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Trips shows, using color illustrations, the latest research, and bleeding-edge cultural analogies, how the still-mysterious hallucinogens may work in the still-mysterious brain. Written in language a general audience can understand, the book's tone is light and irreverent, yet at the same time deals with the drug culture in a serious way.
Trips offers readers a rare look at the soci
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Paperback, 262 pages
Published November 3rd 1998 by Seven Stories Press (first published July 1st 1998)
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Eric T. Voigt
Ha, whoa: it was almost two years ago that I read the introductory chapter, then returned my library copy but left the title in my Currently Readings so I'd be sure to check it out again later. Nice work with the planning ahead there, Spring 2015 me. The history of psychedelics in America kicks things off and goes from interesting to terrifying to depressing to hopeful more or less decade by decade. The science of what is actually going on in your head when hallucinogens have been ingested follo ...more
Jason
This has been in my library since it came out, and I wish I'd read it earlier. Not because I would have benefited any more from the information it contains but because then its layout and design wouldn't feel so dated. Like so much from the late 90s, with that Wired magazine emphasis on form over function and of font over content, this book's layout, with thick black ehorizontal rules on both sides of the text and comics placed randomly throughout, leaves a lot to be desired. That said, it is well wr ...more
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Recommends it for: people who've done acid
learned a lot in this book. the best part was Albert Hofmann's personal account of his first trip where the maid suddenly becomes a hideous she-beast. classic.
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Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of history about LSD. I wished the author had discussed the various other hallucinogens in more depths, but overall, it was a good book.
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Cheryl Pellerin is a science writer with a bachelor's of science degree in science journalism and nearly 30 years of experience writing about science in its many forms. Her first book was Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain, translated into French and German, with art by Robert Crumb and the rest of the underground cartoonists from Zap Comix. She worked as a freelancer for the Discovery Channel ...more