- Mar 27, 2016
"The Harvard Psychedelic Club" by Don Lattin: informative and interesting, very readable. The focus is the well-known psychedelic furore at Harvard in the early 60s, and the differing perspectives of four individuals involved in it: Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert/ Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil. While it doesn't explore the psychedelic experience in depth, being more interested in the personalities of those involved, I did enjoy one or two anecdotes. For instance, on one occasion, as an experiment, Richard Alpert locked himself in the Millbrook bowling alley with five others, where they took a massive dose of LSD every four hours for two weeks, only to find that not only did they build up tolerance very quickly, but also by the end of the two weeks they hated each other.