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Monday, June 26, 2006

 
......Timothy Leary's Dead.....

Two reviews of the new biography on LSD guru, one from Reason's Nick Gillespie and the other from Luc Sante in the NYT.

Sante concludes his review with a less-than-glamorous perspective on The Sixties:

"....the book provides a crash course in several aspects of 60's culture: its often gaseous rhetoric, its reliance on mahatmas and soothsayers, its endless bail-fund benefits and sometimes dubious appeals to conscience, its thriving population of informers, its contribution to the well-being of lawyers, its candyland expectations and obstinate denials of reality, its fatal avoidance of critical thinking, its squalid death by its own hand. That still leaves many meritorious elements largely outside Leary's sphere: civil rights, the antiwar movement, music and art, the impulse toward communitarianism, to name a few. In part because of Leary, however, ideals and delusions were encouraged to interbreed, their living progeny being avid consumerism and toothless dissent."


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