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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

Millbrook: The True Story of the Early Years of the Psychedelic Revolution.

Kleps, Art. (1977).
Oakland, CA: Bench Press.

ISBN: 0-916534-05-7 hardcover
0-916534-06-5 paperback
New Edition: Millbrook, A Narrative of the Early Years of American Psychedelianism Recension of 1997 (1997);
(ISBN: 0960038868); Oakland, CA: Bench Press

Description: Hardcover, x + 355 pages.

Contents: Preface, a word of explanation, 44 chapters, final P.S. by M. T.

Excerpt(s): Religion and philosophy are everywhere. Prior to Enlightenment, to take one example, Kafka seemed very profound to me, but after Enlightenment he seemed no more profound to me than the Lone Ranger and his horse Silver. ... Perhaps it will be less painful, since I can't do a good job anyway, to really hoke this up and knock out a fast kind of stock market report on how various names and notions fared after the big crash.

Well, Zen, Yogacara and Madyamaka Buddhist stock rose sharply while Yoga, Bramanist and Vedantist issues plummeted on the Hong Kong exchange. In London Hume rocketed skyward, Aldous Huxley weakened, then held, and penny-a-share issues such as Alister Crowley and Yeats disappeared entirely from view. On the Scandinavian exchanges, Kierkegaard trembled, and the Swedenborgian Pig Iron Works, collapsed overnight. In Paris former glamor stocks like Camus began to look a little green around the gills, and, indeed, the whole tired market became sluggish and depressed. In New York, as one might expect, a frantic reassessment took place which drove such superficially disparate stocks as Nabokov, Brown to undreamed of levels, while virtually wiping out such ex-favorites as the hot Norman Mailer and dropping the old, reliable Mark Twain and Herman Melville to moderate price levels. The whole industry of the novel suffered a vast deflation, as the Ultimate Consumer became more aware of how seriously he had been swindled in the past by elaborate but shallow metaphors such as this one.

The disaster in Berlin was a veritable Gotterdammerung, naturally. Hume's up was Kant's down-and Schopenhauer's also. Giant Brains and Ghostly Forms had suddenly gone out of fashion. Good riddance to bad rubbish! All science-fiction fell, and then steadied at a cheap price ... as did most popular fiction of the day, as a matter of fact. Jesus Christ ascended gloriously on all markets, but Christianity fell. Heraklitus climbed like a flame. Plotinus dipped (from a high place). Sufism rose. The S.E.C. sat on the Pythagorean bucket-shop. Bahai crashed. Science dipped sharply, and then steadied at a reasonable ratio between price and earnings. Poetry, in general, and it came as something of a surprise, did likewise. It cooled off, one might say.

All the Zen masters spiralled into the blue.

Freud and Jung went through wild gyrations resembling an aerial dogfight, before both sank gradually to earth. ...

Luther went up a bit, Dante went down a bit.

The I Ching went through the roof. The Bhagavad-Gita crashed. The Mulamadhayama-karika of Nagarjuna became unobtainable at any price.

Shakespeare, unlike almost every other stock being traded, remained absolutely stable. (pages 56-58)

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