Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream

Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream

Jay Stevens

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 0802135870

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Storming Heaven digs beneath the headlines to bring an amazing science story in which Harvard professors become holy men, and a generation drops out to seek cosmic bliss--only to find something much darker.

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Equally curious was his almost perfect recall of the previous evening's turmoil. That suggested that his conscious mind had remained, well, conscious throughout the experience. Upon reaching his office, Hofmann composed a report that brought an immediate response from Arthur Stoll. "Are you certain you made no mistake in the weighing?" Stoll wanted to know. "Is the stated dose correct?"10 13 There had been no mistake. Hofmann's incredible experience had been caused by a mere 250 millionths of

he was an outsider. The implication was that they had gone so far into the Other World that it was useless trying to explain to a relative naïf like himself. Barron was unimpressed: "They were all standing around saying 'wow' and this expletive never sufficed for me."30 Unable to tolerate further degradation of the neighborhood—Leary's dog was rumored to have bitten seven people—the citizens of Newton Center circulated a petition urging the town to enforce the zoning laws, which stipulated one

Voices coming out of things that weren't plugged in … it was just totally mind boggling to wander around that maze of wires and stuff like that. Sometimes they were like writhing and squirming. Truly amazing."24 197 In a sense, the electronic whisperings, the bop raps of Cassady, Babbs's metanoic chants— these were comparable to the huge eight-hour tapes that Metzner had devised at Millbrook. Both were designed to manipulate the suggestibility of the psychedelic condition, to move the tripper

glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant … then, it seems to me, all our problems would be wholly solved and earth would become a paradise.28 This was grand, heady stuff. But unfortunately it was only theory. At no time, despite their exertions, did Heard or Huxley find the key that unlocked the overmind. As Huxley later confided to Humphrey Osmond, "It seems the great Huxley brain is exceptionally

Francisco (later San Jose) where, along with Neal's wife, Carolyn, the three maintained a fragile ménage a trois. To the extent that his voluntary poverty personified the pursuit of private artistic genius in a culture that assigned its highest values to power and wealth, Kerouac came to symbolize— to his friends at least—-the highest ideals of the Beat Generation. But he also symbolized the difficult price exacted upon anyone who tried to live out those ideals in the 1950s. As Kerouac's pile of

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