Notes: 53 / 1 year ago
"If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution — then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise."
- from Wanted, a New Pleasure, 1931 by Aldous Huxley [July 26, 1894 -November 22, 1963]
Notes: 13 / 2 years ago
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 24, Aldous Huxley
….Here this afternoon, as in your book, The Doors of Perception, you’ve been talking chiefly about the visual experience under the drug, and about painting. Is there any similar gain in psychological insight?
Yes, I think there is. While one is under the drug one has penetrating insights into the people around one, and also into one’s own life. Many people get tremendous recalls of buried material. A process which may take six years of psychoanalysis happens in an hour—and considerably cheaper! And the experience can be very liberating and widening in other ways. It shows that the world one habitually lives in is merely a creation of this conventional, closely conditioned being which one is, and that there are quite other kinds of worlds outside. It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this experience.
[Interviewed by Raymond Fraser, George Wickes]
Notes: 21 / 2 years ago
Notes: 149 / 2 years ago
Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.
Opium,1929 by Jean Cocteau [revisited,see also]
illustration from Opium Museum via Paperblog
Notes: 56 / 2 years ago
Poet under the influence of hashish
Self portrait drawn w. pen by Charles Baudelaire
reproduced in Les fleurs du mal, Kultura, Beograd, 1970
[this copy I have is especially dear to me since it was a gift from my mum to my dad when they started to date back in 1974]
Notes: 87 / 2 years ago
LSD blotter signed by Timothy Leary
from the collection of the psychedelic researcher Thomas Lyttle.
High Society: Drugs in Victorian Britain exhibition at Wellcome Collection
thanks to rery!