Cited by the L.A. Weekly
culture's foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience," Terrence
McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant raconteur, adventurer,
and expert on the experiential use of mind-altering plants.
these essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on
a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden
recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture, giving
us startling visions of the past and future.
McKenna has been exploring the "Wholly Other" for 25 years. In
this spiritual journey, he ponders shamanism, buddhism, and
enthnopharmacology. By the phrase "archaic revival," McKenna refers to a
return to shamanism, which he believes can be enhanced by current
scientific practices. The next level of spiritual transformation, he
explains, is achieved by the intelligent use of psychedelics and should
be performed only by thoughtful explorers rather than experimenters,
scientific or otherwise. The ideas presented in this collection of
interviews, speeches, and articles are radical even now, and will
challenge the reader. There are many insights on current spiritual
movements such as goddess worship, deep ecology, space beings, and
virtual reality. Recommended. --Library Journal.