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August 25, 2009

A Psychedelic intro to Finnegan’s Wake

Filed under: Drugs,Literature — rmangum @ 4:37 pm

One of the lesser known but more interesting psychedelic gurus, Terence McKenna (more articulate and less a victim of his own celebrity than Tim Leary), talks about his favorite book, Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, in “Surfing Finnegan’s Wake”. A hat tip for this goes to the Psychedelic Salon, where you can go to hear part two of this talk, which turns out to be more about Marshall McLuhan (a fascinating subject in his own right) than Joyce.

Here’s me reading from the Wake.

It occurs to me that all of the hallucinogen advocates that came out of the sixties (Leary, McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson) were tempermentally optimistic. What kind of experience would a Schopenhauer or an H.P. Lovecraft get from LSD and Mushrooms?


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