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Cultural Encyclopedia of LSD by Wayne Glausser

In Nonfiction on May 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Who doesn’t want to talk about LSD? Whether you’ve dropped acid or not, everyone is generally familiar with the stories and the popular LSD characters (Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Hunter). But this drug has quite a history–quite a spectrum of reputation. And there are the lesser-known users (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Phil Jackson, Cary Grant). The drug has done everything from prepare Oscar winning actors for tough roles, to being blamed for the Charles Manson vision; everything from medical aid to CIA experimentation. It is remarkable to go from Zen Buddhist experiences and great influences in the arts to crazed and horrific crimes. During the counterculture psychedelic era, commercials started taking part; McDonald’s, Seven Up, and Campbell’s Soup, among other products, specifically focused their campaigns on “tripping” with certain products. In the 60’s, tests were done on spiders and how LSD affected web building. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was the most popular rock song of the psychedelic era. All of these entries are interesting; in fact, you get kind of addicted to reading them. You get more and more curious. One entry is connected to another, and you’re flipping pages until you feel like you haven’t blinked in quite a long time.

-Micah Ling

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