I talked to Terence McKenna's son, Finn, about a wide range of topics including LSD, H.P. Lovecraft, London, visionary art, and "a revolutionary musical video game that will immerse players in a psychedelic experience."
"Why this is not four-inch headlines on every newspaper on the planet I cannot understand, because I don't know what news you were waiting for, but this is the news that I was waiting for." —Terence McKenna on DMT
The public story of Terence McKenna's life—in my view, and by my estimates—is a 450-page book, which could be titled 'One Version of Terence McKenna's Life.' The following is my 8-page, fractal-inflected, short-story-esque version of that biography.
Reading Juliet Escoria's Black Cloud feels as if you are reading a diary that someone wrote with the intention of it one day being found, for both her and your benefit. In other words, it is intimate.
I learned of Terence McKenna on September 14, 2012, when I was 29 years old. Over the following week or so I watched footage of him on YouTube for probably ~30 hours and have been fascinated by him ever since.
Between 1990 and 1995 Dr. Strassman helped 60 patients enter the void and then documented their experiences at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine. I contacted him to talk about DMT and the legalization of psychedelics in the United States.
Writing almost exclusively about psychoactives, it is not unusual for me to be contacted by strangers who wish to report on the effects of various drugs. Most of these reports are uninteresting, but occasionally I receive something unusual.
Ever since 'Enter the Void and DMT: The Spirit Molecule' showed up on Netflix Instant, kids have been going gaga over Dimethyltryptamine. Earlier this year, writer John Barclay came across some, shared it with his pals, and talked to them about their trip…
The first time I did DMT I was listening to Growing. I left my body and went blissfully floating through a heavenly realm of gothic cathedrals and blue shiny caves under a pink sky made of billowing curtains.