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From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays

Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world’s preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.

Arranged into five sections–In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free–this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network–and Facebook itself–really about? “It’s a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore.” Why do we love libraries? “Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.” What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? “So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we’d just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes–and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat.”

Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, “Joy,” and, “Find Your Beach,” Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive–and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.

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History of Psychedelic Therapy

Handbook for the Therapeutic Use of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25: Individual and Group Procedures
by D.B, Blewett, Ph.D., and N. Chwelos, M.D. (1959)

LSD: My Problem Child
by Albert Hofmann, Ph.D. (1979; English translation 1980). Also available in Russian (pdf), Polish (doc), Chinese, and Japanese.

LSD Psychotherapy (Russian translation) | (Hungarian translation)
by Stanislav Grof, M.D. (original copyright 1980; also available in English at

Remembrances of LSD Therapy Past
by Betty Grover Eisner, Ph.D. (2002). — PDF | ePub | Mobi

The Secret Chief Revealed
by Myron Stolaroff (1997/2004).


Psychedelics and Culture

The Beyond Within: The LSD Story, Including the Past, the Present and the Future of the Drugs that Alter Consciousness and Produce Visions
by Sidney Cohen, M.D. (1964/1967)

Defending Perceptual Diversity in America: Entheogens as Legitimate Contributors to Learning, Health, and Empathy
by Brendan Bombaci (2012)

Drugs & Mysticism: An Analysis of the Relationship between Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Consciousness
by Walter Norman Pahnke. Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University. (June 1963) (“The Good Friday Experiment”) Also available as a pdf

Entheogenic Visions
by Stewart Mosher (2012).

Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies (Volume IX)
by John W. Allen, Prakitsin Sihanonth, Jochen Gartz, and Gianluca Toro (2013).

The Ethnopharmacology of Ayahuasca
edited by Rafael Guimarães dos Santos (2011). (Also available as individual chapters and in magazine format.)

Guided by the Moon: Shamanism and the Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in the Santo Daime Religion in Brazil.
by Edward McRae, PhD. Courtesy of the Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP).

The Sacred Voyage: The Pilgrimage to the Soul
by Lars Faber (2006)

The Yage Drinker
by Fernando Payaguaje. (Donations will be forwarded to Pablo Yepez of the VIHOMA Foundation, who manages a small fund that supports Secoyas in need of medical treatment in Quito, Ecuador.)


Psychedelic Experience

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
by Aldous Huxley (1954, 2009)

Ketamine: Dreams and Realities
by Karl Jansen, M.D., Ph.D. (2000, 2004)

The Road To Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries
by Carl A. Ruck, Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Jeremy Bigwood, Jonathan Ott, Carl A. P. Ruck, Huston Smith, and Danny Staples.

Thanatos to Eros, 35 Years of Psychedelic Exploration
by Myron Stolaroff (1994)

Through the Gateway of the Heart : Accounts of Experiences with MDMA and other Empathogenic Substances
edited by Sophia Adamson and Ralph Metzner (1985)


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