Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A Cultural History of Magic Mushrooms

Andy Letcher's Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom is also on my to-buy list.'Shroom' by Andy Letcher

Much stranger than the fictions it has inspired, the world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets and international bankers.

The magic mushroom was only rediscovered fifty years ago, but has accumulated all sorts of folktales and urban legends along the way. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher strips away the myths to get at the true story of how hallucinogenic mushrooms, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, came to be the illicit drug of choice.

It fits right in with this. But is "the laboratory" the best place to be having mystical experiences. At least the famous 1962 Good Friday Experiment used a chapel. "Set and setting," remember?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save your money, do not buy Andy Letcher's book Shroom. It is the worst ripoff you will run across. Borrow a copy from the library and you will see why I recommend this!!
He insults and backstabs all of the early writers on psychedelic mushrooms, calls Mr. Gordon Wasson a liar on page 110 and then puts the man on trial! He goes on to insult Terence Mckenna and uses his PHD as a bludgeon on us ignorant folks who can't understand his mystical writing! Andy Letcher is a hypocrite and candidate for malfunction junction, don't lead him on by purchasing his blatant lies and false accusations. Thank you!

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