Alan Watts’ first-hand record of his experiences with LSD-25, mescaline, and psychedelic mushroom derivatives. With a foreword by Watts contemporaries and fellow consciousness explorers, Timothy Leary, Ph.D. and Richard Alpert, Ph.D. who were at the time of the book’s publication involved in the Center for Research in Personality at Harvard University, which reads in part: “Alan Watts spells out in eloquent detail his drug-induced visionary moments. He is, of course, attempting the impossible – to describe in words (which always lie) that which is beyond words. But how well he can do it!.”

Back to the Land. Urban communes. Sustainable cooperatives. Thirty years ago, alternative communities swept the nation. Today, with sustainability, peak oil and retirement concerns, people of all ages are reviving and expanding notions of cooperative living as new communities form and thrive.The Modern Utopian is the definitive exploration of the alternative communities that fascinated a nation and redefined progressive culture in the ‘60s and ‘70s, documented by those who knew it and lived it. This photo-illustrated compilation of articles visits the fabled Drop City, Morningstar Ranch, Timothy Leary at Millbrook, Detroit’s Translove Energies, the still-thriving Twin Oaks and Stephen Gaskin’s Farm, and dozens of other across the nation.An afterword by author Timothy Miller (Religious Movements in the United States) reveals how several hundred intentional communities now span the USA and more form every year.Global warming . . . recession . . . peak oil . . . data smog . . . by necessity and by choice, thousands of people are once again being drawn toward collective living, this time empowered by the successes and failures of the past.Contributions include writings by Alan Watts, Nick Tosches, and The Underground Press Syndicate.

A very Playboy look at the youth/counter culture of 1971. Interviews on the drug revolution with William S. Burroughs, a candid conversation with Peter Fonda, the new commix culture started by R. Crumb’s Zap, biographical articles on Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger, as well as Shel Silverstein’s take on hippies, fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and the usual batch of articles, cartoons (John Dempsey & Little Annie fanny), pictorial essays, pretty girls in the altogether and interviews. Interview Peter Fonda by Lawrence Linderman. Articles “On His Way to Epley’s Bike Shop Charley Meets a Girl with Twelve Dogs” by James D. Houston. “Sexus Perplexus” by John Dempsey. “West of Eden” by Jules Siegel. The No-Bra Look Photographed by Douglas Kirkland. Model Gloria Root photographed by Pompeo Posar. Drugs Playboy Panel “The Drug Revolution” Panelists Joel Fort John Finlator Baba Ram Dass Harry J. Anslinger Joseph S. Oteri Alan Watts William S. Burroughs Leslie Fiedler James Coburn Articles “Dance With a Stranger” by Jacob Brackman. “Silverstein Among the Hippies” by Shel Silverstein. Model Debbie Hooper. Music Personalities “Head Stone: Jagger” by Alan Coren. “All She Needs is Love: (Janice) Joplin” by John Bowers. “Good Ole Boy: (Johnny) Cash” by Saul Braun. Articles “Alice & Ray & Yesterday’s Flowers” by Saul Braun. The Girls of Hair Florence Rollin Donna Lee Shelley Plimpton Lyvia Bauer Jutta Weinhold Hanny Kirchhoff Carolyn Blakely Leata Galloway Betty Berr Elisabeth Berger Lynn Kellogg Ghristine Guenther Vanina Michel Alica Ottawa Sally Eaton Gayle Hayden Corinne Broskett Model Jennifer Liano. Politics Personality “Portrait of the Marxist as an Old Trouper” (F. Ambrose Clark) by Michael Horowitz. Articles “Revolution” by Jules Siegel. “Counterrevolution” by George Fox. “Saul Bird Says: Relate! Communicate! Liberate!” by Joyce Carol Oates. “The International Comix Conspiracy” by Jacob Brackman. “The Chicago Conspiracy Circus” by Nicholas von Hoffman. Models Vicky Drake photographed by Dick Rowan Gale Olson

accolta di saggi sull’acido lisergico firmati, tra gli altri, da Tim Leary, William Burroughs, Alan Watts. Questo libro fu scritto anni prima che l’LSD diventasse una sostanza illegale e massicciamente consumata dalle giovani generazioni dell’era hippie. Nel 1964, quando La Droga che Dilata la Coscienza fu pubblicato in USA, ad occuparsi dell’LSD erano infatti prevalentemente psichiatri e chimici in ambito accademico. Questa edizione italiana uscì alla fine del 1967; in quei tre anni, in un clima da caccia alle streghe, l’America benpensante era passata al contrattacco, le ricerche accademiche erano state interrotte e studiosi come Tim Leary e Richard Alpert erano stati isolati e privati delle cattedre. Nel volume, gli studiosi (psichiatri, filosofi e scienziati) affrontano il potente allucinogeno dal punto di vista filosofico, antropologico e terapeutico mettendo anche in guardia – lo fa Grinker in special modo – da un uso indiscriminato ed irresponsabile. Sommario: – Ringraziamenti – Prefazione del curatore – Introduzione di Timothy Leary – Cultura e individuo di Aldous Huxley – Gli allucinogeni: giudizio obiettivo di un cronista di Dan Wakefield – Un viaggio nello spazio interno di Alan Harrington – Come modificare il comportamento di Timothy Leary – L’esperienza psichelica: fatto o fantasia? di Alan Watts – Analisi degli effetti clinici degli agenti psicotomimetici di Humphry Osmond – Droghe e religione di Huston Smith – Differenze tra droghe sedative e droghe dilatatrici della coscienza di William S. Burroughs L’LSD, la trascendenza e il nuovo inizio di James Terrill, Charles Savage, Donald D. Jackson – I. La natura dell’esperienza LSD di James Terrill – II. LSD, alcolismo e trascendenza di Charles Savage – III. LSD e il nuovo inizio di Donald D. Jackson – Mescalina, LSD, psilocibina e mutamenti della personalità di Sanford Unger – La dietilamide dell’acido lisergico di Roy R. Grinker – Una rassegna degli studi sulle droghe psicotomimetiche di Jonathan O.Cole, Martin M. Katz – Il dolore e l’LSD-25. Una teoria sull’attenzione dell’anticipazione di Erich Kast – La bibliografia sull’LSD in psicoterapia di Sanford M. Unger – Note