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Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change (utgåvan 2018)

av Tao Lin (Auteur)

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"While reeling from one of the most creative--but at times self-destructive--outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin's first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe?"--… (mer)
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Titel:Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change
Författare:Tao Lin (Auteur)
Info:Vintage (2018), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change av Tao Lin

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I wish I'd sampled this book first. A page or two at the start would have been enough to send me scurrying off in a different direction.

The description tells us this book is: "Part memoir, part history, part journalistic exposé..." In truth, it's almost all memoir, and an odd one at that. There's a bit of history incorporated. There is nothing even vaguely journalistic here.

The description also tells us that Tao Lin became "obsessed" with Terence McKenna, an LSD advocate following in Timothy Leary's footsteps. Lin's obsession is clear from the start, as he gushes about McKenna in the way of an indoctrinated cult member. Lin gives us a glowing chronicle of the man and his life, quotes him endlessly, and describes YouTube videos in detail. I mean, seriously, I don't want a play-by-play of a video I could just watch myself. And if I wanted all that detail, I'd read McKenna's books, not Tao Lin's book.

Then Lin goes on to talk about his own personal life prior to his discovery of LSD. He was, it seems, an apathetic drifter in search of life's meaning through the use of drugs. We're given in-depth accounts of his experiences with various drugs. These sections read like the diary of a deluded drug addict who has somehow convinced himself that he's on a journey toward enlightenment.

The writing itself is tedious, with overly long sentences and narcissistic undertones.

I read a lot about the psychedelic culture, which I find fascinating, but this is not that kind of book. And clearly I am not the right target audience for Tao Lin.

*The publisher provided me with a print copy, via Amazon Vine, in exchange for my honest review.* ( )
  Darcia | Aug 24, 2018 |
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"While reeling from one of the most creative--but at times self-destructive--outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin's first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe?"--

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