Press notices and
testimonials are presented on this page, the former, including those from
Websites, are posted below in chronological order. The following publications
have run reviews or citations of Tripping, quoted here in varying
measures: Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs,
Journal of Drug Education and Awareness, San Francisco Chronicle, Elle,
Oxford American, Flaunt, Booklist, Library Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican,
Boulder Weekly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Magical Blend, Entheos, The Entheogen
Review, Trip (formerly TRP), Weed World, Soft Secrets (Holland), Relix, Bizarre, Morbid Curiosity, Heads,
Island Views, Block Island Times (Rhode Island), The Daily Cardinal (University
of Wisconsin, Madison), Michigan Daily (University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor), Daily Bruin (University of California, Los
Angeles), 34th Street Magazine, Daily Pennsylvanian (University of
Pennsylvania), Daily Illini (University of Illinois,
Champaign-Urbana), Campus Press (University of Colorado, Boulder), Daily
Advocate (University of Colorado, Denver), Daily Barometer
(Corvallis, Oregon), State Press Magazine (Arizona State University), and The Daily (University of Washington, Seattle), as have the following Websites:
The Psychedelic Press UK, The Vaults of Erowid, Uskonontutkja Religonsforskaren (Finland), Curled Up With a Good Book, Hippyland, Babylon
Travel Magazine, Magellan's
Log, Albert Hofmann Foundation, Community of One Love (Coolove.org) Website, and
Drugwar.com. After the press notices,
testimonials are presented in roughly chronological order.
“...an excellent collection of stories, well
formulated, riveting and insightful."
"...If you're like me, an old hippie, you've experienced many a trip back in the heydays of the 60s and 70s, when you cheerfully dropped windowpane, synthetic mescaline, peyote, psilocybin, orange sunshine, blotter or even the famous Owsley Blue acid. And perhaps like me you felt like you've been there, done that, and there wasn't much point to revisiting the dark closets of your ego after having thoroughly rummaged through it so many times before. Yup, you might feel like those days of deep introspection and self-analysis helped awaken your true self, but there's no need begin psychedelic therapy again...
Then a book like "Tripping" appears which, through the use of first person narratives, takes you right back to those intense moments when you first discovered the "interconnectedness" of everything, or saw your own body from above, just sitting there, or even met some characters from the "other side". The anticipation, psychedelic hallucinations, the peak experience, the psychodrama, the adventure, the crash, the retained awareness afterwards are all described in detail in Charles Hayes' new book.
Whether the narrator took LSD, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, MDMA, or some derivative, there is always a common thread among the users of such substances and each particular drug seems to impart a similar if not identical series of experiences. Reading these stories you can't help but flashback upon your own psychedelic trips. Did you ever try to write down what you were experiencing? Did any of it make sense to you later? Hayes carefully selected stories where the tripper did justice recording and communicating those profound experiences that lies beyond words. Thus you can't help but remember those times when time itself had little meaning.
Hayes through his analysis of the psychedelic experience, a review of available literature and the aforementioned narratives attempts to interpret such deep human experiences in an anthropological, evolutionary context. Towards this noble goal, he gets a great boost with an excellent interview with Terence McKenna, recorded shortly before his "untimely" death. McKenna, author, visionary, and ethnobotanist was one of the leading proponents of the use of psychedelics as a tool in human evolution. The interview is perhaps one of McKenna last looks back at his life's work and what he thinks the future holds for humanity. This is indeed the highlight of the book, which also includes black and white renditions of excellent digital and painted psychedelic art work (next time color, please Charles!), and a good bibliography and guide to Internet resources.
What's fascinating now after four decades of public use of psychedelics, is who has used them, who is still using them, generations later, why they use them, and to what end. With stories from psychedelic travelers who range in age from barely 30 to their late 60s, it's clear that there's something of a generation gap when it comes to the reasons for pursing psychedelic adventures. And with the user's occupations varying from cattle rancher to scifi writer to poets to karmachanic, it's clear that psychedelics are a significant addition to many an unusual résumé. With people like John Perry Barlow and Robert Charles Wilson contributing their personal insights it makes for a great read.
I also enjoyed the flashbacks to the 60s period provided as background to many of the narratives. These clearly illustrate the mindset of those who used psychedelics in those days, as well as the prevailing liberal attitudes towards experimentation with drugs, sex and alternative lifestyles. It stands in stark contrast to current trends. Perhaps we've learned something since that period, or perhaps we're still in a reactionary period. As many of these interviews indicate, most users gave up tripping decades ago. But if you're like Terence McKenna, you realize there is still so much to find out about who we really are individually and where we as a species might potentially head, given enough information revealed through psychedelic revelation.
I recommend this book as a valuable addition to the psychedelic literature, thanks to the variety of such detailed first-hand accounts of trips. The reflective nature of these accounts, reaching back through so many years of psychedelic experience and abstinence cannot help but put such deeply affective journeys in perspective, and perhaps for a new generation, provide a larger context for them to pursue and integrate their own psychedelic inquires.|" Skip on COOL (Community of One Love) Website, September 6, 2006
"....Each of these stories is well written, and the entire volume is put together by Hayes in such a way as to allow the “happy” stories to counter-balance the heavy stuff. The true grace of this book, though, becomes evident once the reader starts to see that the people sharing these stories have all been intrinsically changed by the psychedelic experience. We are allowed to see the moments in these lives where a decision was made, a direction chosen, a path started, that makes these people who they are today. For the vast majority, it was positive; for a few, hellish. But for a good number, it was not only life-changing, but life-saving. On the whole, this nicely balanced compendium of psychedelic experiences is a must-have for anyone truly interested in the power of psychedelic compounds and their ability to alter the course of a broad spectrum of lives in our society today." -- The Vaults of Erowid (Website), May 9, 2005
"Wild colors. Weird sounds. Sensations of the presence of the divine. An acute feeling of the presence of a demon. The range of altered states of consciousness covers a gamut as wide and varied as the people who have taken LSD, DMT or any of the other psychedelic substances. And all those experiences are here, in Charles Hayes’ eye-opening, wonderful, and lovingly edited anthology....." -- Brian Charles Clark in Curled Up With a Good Book (Website) posted October 31, 2004
"...a classic in the growing body of contemporary psychedelic literature....For the experienced, Tripping is a harvest of inspiring moments and a reminiscence of one's own deeply shape-shifting journeys. For the uninitiated, it is a profound glimpse into the hidden world of the subconscious and a provocation for wider acceptance of the usefulness of psychedelic states." -- Allan Hunt Badiner, author of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics , in Journal of Drug Education and Awareness #2, available May 2004
"...a really broad spectrum of accounts....It's a really interesting and informative book that every politician should be made to sit down and read....brings the memories flooding back...Well worth a read." -- Weed World #45 (UK), available June 2003
psyches and souls
"....This collection of psychedelic traveler's tales definitely stands out....As a profile of popular or underground psychedelic culture, this is solid gold." -- Thomas Lyttle, Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality, Volume 1, Number 2, March 2002
"....From feeling like they've had their soul ripped in half, to feeling like the universe was imploding on their doorstep, Tripping...has it all...." -- Henry Windridge, 34th Street Magazine, Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania, January 17, 2002
"...The anticipation, psychedelic hallucinations, the peak experience, the psychodrama, the adventures, the crash, the retained awareness afterwards are all described in Charles Hayes' new book....with an excellent interview with Terence McKenna....With people like John Perry Barlow and Robert Charles Wilson contributing their insights, it makes for a great read....I recommend this book as a valuable addition to the psychedelic literature, , thanks to the variety of such detailed first-hand accounts of trips. The reflective nature of these accounts, reaching back through so many years of psychedelic experience and abstinence cannot help but put such deeply affective journeys in perspective, and perhaps for a new generation, provide a larger context for them to pursue and integrate their own psychedelic inquires." -- Skip Stone, Hippyland Website , January 2002
Hayes' new book, Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures,
offers a happy medium between two extremes in the drug literature world:
technical jargon and personal odyssey.
is the kind of book that a thousand tie-dyed undergrads have planned to write.
The premise of the book—50 people's accounts of their hallucinogenic
experiences—is an idea that has probably sprouted at a thousand parties, only
to be tossed out with the bongwater the next morning. But Hayes has done it, and
done it with surprisingly interesting results.
An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures, edited by Charles Hayes,
would be a good read even if it had nothing going for it besides the
conversation with Terence McKenna at the end. And it has a lot more going for it
"Psychedelic stories told honestly...Tripping manages to cast away the taboo barriers that would confine a debate...It is at once informative, eye-opening, cautionary and objective. The stories are presented with a precise appreciation for detail and an unbiased look at all the different types of trips. ...Hayes manages to lift the veil on a a hidden world and reveal everything from astonishing daydreams to horrendous nightmares...." -- Ben Schultz, The Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin, Madison, December 4, 2001
"...intense, vivid and captivating. The accounts are greatly detailed, and the power of each individual voice makes for a gripping read....Hayes has expertly captured emotions ranging from ecstasy to despair in a book filled with 50 individuals' entrancing stories...." -- Hanh Tran, Campus Press, University of Colorado, Boulder, November 29, 2001
"...The introduction is a vastly researched history of psychotropic drugs that gives an appropriate background to showcase the narratives. Hayes has a broad understanding of the subject, which is obvious from his dense essays. The narratives do a decent job of showcasing the bad as much as the good...." --- Patrick Salmon, The Daily, University of Washington, Seattle, November 29, 2001
"'I was charged with indecent exposure and told to see a psychiatrist for six months.' Here are the voyages of the Starship Psychonaut; recollections from the respectable middle classes, the youthful Ravy Davys and a handful of authors. Their travellers' tales form a fascinating guide in every aspect of the psychedelic experience: in turns informative, exhilarating and truly embarrassing." -- Bizarre, Issue 53, December 2001
"Charles Hayes has brought together a mind-blowing collection of first-person psychonautical voyages...Hayes is a gifted writer whose edgy style accurately conveys the various nuances of the psychedelic experience without being overblown. The book's introduction provides the appropriate historical nods, while showcasing Hayes's exhaustive knowledge and understanding of the topic, and exposing the cutting-edge of current underground drug culture....While those narratives that relate the good times which psychedelics can provide are certainly plentiful, I suspect that the 'bad' and the 'ugly' descriptions are even more abundant. Hayes is aware that psychedelic use is not a bed or roses, and the book could certainly be read as a cautionary tale, rather than being something that promotes the use of psychedelics....The tales from [Clark] Heinrich are worth the price of the book on their own...[A] lengthy interview with Terence McKenna...is one of the most detailed hard-hitting interviews of Terence I have ever seen...The book also features...beautiful works by visionary artists...[T]here is an excellent resource section....I learned about numerous resources of which I was totally unaware -- Hayes has done a lot of research in this area!...This is the sort of book that both the novice and the experienced psychonaut will enjoy having in their libraries for years to come....Although drug 'trip reports' are common these days on web forums and e-mailing lists, it is the excellent job of selection and editing that Hayes done... which make every story in this compilation an interesting read. I highly recommend this book to all." -- Jon Hanna, The Entheogen Review, Volume X, Number 3, Autumn Equinox 2001
"Real accounts of 'tripping' chart new territory.....Tripping...brings a new dimension to the psychedelic library.... Hayes makes his case, not through arguments, but through 350 pages of 'trips'...prefaced by an informative and well-written essay on the impact of psychedelic drugs on society....The narratives are almost all compelling.....In many respects, the success of Hayes' work is that it allows readers to experience what happens in psychotropic-influenced minds without having to use illegal drugs. Hayes' refusal to advocate...brings a respectability to the book that is valuable for a topic like this...Hayes presents a fact-filled, whimsical 40 pages of introductory material that essentially challenges the reader to read on. The well-indexed book makes this easy to do, presenting a bibliography with excellent references...." -- K.D. Weaver, Block Island Times, Block Island, Rhode Island, October 6, 2001
"Tripping courageously tackles both the positive and negative aspects of psychedelic experiences, in frank and coherent pieces, each by a different author....No matter what section you read, each entry is compelling, descriptive, and most enlightening." -- Daphne Rice, Magical Blend, Issue 78, November 2001
"...Tripping goes way beyond the 'party drug' picture and dips you into the realms of the subconscious and self-discovery." -- Babylon Travel Magazine (Website)
"...a mighty thoughtful volume...." -- Peter Stafford, Island Views, Issue 6, October 2001
fascinating journey through the folklore of post-modern psychedelia...." --
Jody Franklin, from the headnotes for his interview "Tripping with Charles
Hayes" in Trip: The Journal of
Psychedelic Culture (formerly TRP), Issue 6, Fall 2001
"....Some things are just beyond words, yet in Tripping, fifty...'psychonauts' make valiant attempts. The results are mixed but sometimes fascinating reading....Ihere's lots of good music and sex and travel described here ....In some ways,... this is a brave book.... Beyond any societal disapproval or risk, there is the fact that this group of people lay themselves bare...and try to crystallize whatever felt important to them. The reader can dip in most anywhere and find something to wonder, gasp, or at least smile at...Tripping can provide cheap, vicarious or nostalgic thrills, with perhaps some insight mixed in...." -- Steve Heilig, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, April-June 2001
the book, is a collection of brief but compact, and often intense explorations
of the meaning of Being. Here is the classic mid-journey text that has outgrown
the initial amazement of psychedelic enlargement but still retains the open-endedness
that much remains to be learned.
gonna do? You get 400 pages into a book, you’re already composing
"....And readers who peruse Charles Hayes's recently published Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures will find a sequence of first-person narratives (a form at least as old as The Canterbury Tales) that presents, in kaleidoscopic fashion, the last thirty years as refracted through the prism of a drug experience...." -- Nick Bromell, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2001
"...wild tales coming at us in Technicolor. These trip stories are too far out not to be true, very amusing, inspiring and even profound....Truly mind-blowing tales....Tripping is the seminal statement of the millennium from the psychedelic trenches. It's a great read. Bravo, Charles Hayes, take a bow, your new book...is a hit!" -- Thomas Lyttle, Heads, Issue 4, June 2001
"When I was a subscriber to the Visionary Plants List in the mid-‘90s, I
became, shall we say, over-familiar with the literary genre known as the Trip Report. These narratives, often so urgent and asyntactic that they
seemed to be written before the substance in question had quite worn off, left me wondering how it could be possible to be so egocentric about one’s
ego dissolution, so boastful about learning humility. Like other kinds of drug discourse, they were formed less by the inherent demands of the story
than by the timetables of pharmaceutical action, and so they all started to sound the same.
"...a valuable addition to anyone's library of books on mind-altering substances....[T]here's no doubt that the book will be of great interest to anyone who reads about psychedelics. I would also recommend it to those who may not have partaken themselves and may not even want to do so, but who are wondering what the fuss is about. It's a well-balanced collection, including the good and the bad. The appendices are also useful...." -- Mason Jones, Morbid Curiosity, Issue 5, May 2001
"....Hayes...is such a bristling and intelligent writer that one almost wishes that he had written the whole book himself....The undisputed highlight...is Hayes's extended conversation with Terence McKenna.....In the McKenna interview, and in Hayes's introduction, the free flow of ideas about these verboten substances and their anthropological/psychological possibilities is exhilarating...." -- Andrew O'Hehir, The Oxford American, March/April 2001
"....a...sensitive and responsible approach to documenting profound experiences with 'drugs.' The results of this informal research are both informative and highly moving..., provid[ing] both education and entertainment on a practice that is relatively common and relatively hidden....[Hayes's] belief that factual, unbiased information on such phenomena led him to compile this warts-and-all global collection of 50 astounding trips....[T]his is Hayes's bid, not to glorify or demonise tripping, but to 'set the leper-crazies free.'....If...[he] can respect the potentially negative effects that non-ordinary consciousness can have on the fragile mind, and nevertheless appreciate the need for further exploration, research and debate on the issue, then why can't the biomedical community?...." -- Kelly Morris, The Lancet, February 10, 2001
"....Hayes has done his research well. His introductory chapters are riveting, unique, and challenge many of the commonly held beliefs about psychotropic drug use....." -- Marika Brussel, Santa Fe New Mexican, January 28, 2001
"For those of us who have taken journeys to the
ineffable, the inconceivable, the indescribable realms of psychedelic
experience, Charles Hayes' collection of "trips" is like a stick of
incense gently wafted before our souls. It conjures up memories of mystic
moments, flashbacks that have been lying dormant in our psyches. These well
chosen accounts open the old circuits at least momentarily and give us pause to
"...In contrast to the often superficial trip reports that can be found at Internet sites, the stories in Tripping describe the psychedelic experience in juicy details. This leads to exciting, and very personal, stories about the transforming effects of drugs..... In these stories, horror and intense happiness take turns in a realistic manner....For the experienced, Tripping is a feast of recognition and inspiration. For the uninitiated, the book will hopefully provide an entry for a wider acceptance of the psychedelic state." -- Soft Secrets, January 2001, premier issue of the Dutch broadsheet devoted to coffeeshop culture
"....intriguing....Tripping...traverse[s] the lines between reality and expanded consciousness, detailing how psychotropics affect the creative process and their underlying chemical and physiological effects.....The narratives..., including those by Beat chronicler Anne Waldman, Ecstasy champion Bruce Eisner and Deadhead author Steve Silberman, are informative, cautionary, hilarious and spooky....The uninitiated may recoil from stories of visions of goat-devils, the moon as an alien flashlight, and nude escapades at Burning Man, but those in on the book's implicit wink will find like-minded stories of drug-induced bliss and abject terror.... Some of the descriptions of acid -- 'a wheelbarrow to scoop the drifting sands of fleeting mental images' [from Steven Martin Cohen] -- and the understandings of self that stem from tripping are believable and occasionally triumphant. Others may cause unwelcome flashbacks.....In a strange way,...Tripping evoke[s] the 'Hurry Up Please, It's Time' refrain from T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land.' Only in this case, it's 'Hurry up please, and pass the tab.'" -- Mark Luce, San Francisco Chronicle, December 3, 2000
"....Several stories recount similar experiences: feelings of unspeakable bliss, a direct connection with God or Nature, a vision of one's own birth or death. There are also horrific experiences like that of Kenny who, high on LSD, burned over 60 percent of his body after jumping into a bonfire.....The author intends the book for "psychonauts" who want to compare notes and for the uninitiated who wish 'to vicariously experience the thrills and traumas of the trip.' It is the latter to whom the book will appeal most." -- William Gargan, Library Journal, December 2000
"...This exciting book...is a must-read for anyone with a love of, interest in, or disdain for psychedelic substances....Hayes and his brood of brave explorers accept that insanity is a possible, if extremely rare, consequence of dabbling with the power and mystery of the unconscious mind. But the general consensus seems to be that, good, bad or indifferent, the ride itself justifies the risk. The journey into the mind is one worth taking, even if you don't always like what you find there." -- Lynn T. Theodose, Boulder Weekly, November 22, 2000
"...Hayes' purpose is to delineate the place of psychedelic substances and the urge to ingest them in contemporary cultural history.....citing historical antecedents to back himself up....The concluding conversation with ...Terence McKenna...is entirely fitting. For seriously treating what is often characterized as nihilistic and destructive entertainment, [Tripping] deserves its place in the literature of psychoactive substances." -- Mike Tribby, Booklist, November 15, 2000
"The '60s rite of passage through what Aldous Huxley called the "doors of perception" was LSD; in Tripping..., edited by Charles Hayes, these drug-induced visions, narrated by ex-acid heads, make for a fascinating journey through the wonders and terrors of psychedelic life." -- Elle (in "Elle recommends..." column), November 2000
"....An excellent travel guide is Tripping..., an anthology...that demystifies the shrill and long-standing propaganda of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Nancy Reagan, and the Hollywood studio system...." -- Flaunt, November 2000, Second Anniversary Collector's Issue
"....Charles Hayes might be able to change ...[your] image [of psychedelic drugs].... Or at the very least, tweak your head enough to make you think your idea has changed.... Along with serious essays..., [Tripping] takes an objective, well-rounded look at altered states...." -- State Press Magazine (SPM), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 9, 2000
"...a fascinating exploration of the effects of psychedelics on the human mind. Undeniably drug-induced, insanely interesting, Tripping allows those curious about the experience a small, safe peek into the world of psychedelics, and gives well-established trippers a chance to compare notes." -- Sarah Linn, The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, November 3, 2000
"Balancing seriousness with a great sense of adventure, this terrifically engaging compendium of 50 personal accounts of psychedelic experiences avoids all of the expected cultural and psychological cliches. Editor Hayes has not only assembled a group of highly literate, introspective and often spiritual testimonies to the power of psychedelics, but has placed them in a broader historical, social, and religious context, beginning with the Eleusinian mysteries of the fifth century [sic], and moving through Hindu mystical religious ceremonies and William James's classic 1902 treatise, The Varieties of Religious Experiences. Hayes also includes some basic medical and psychological background, but the power is in the personal stories. Some are straightforwardly told, such as a relatively unexamined account by a high school student about how an acid trip created an intense "psychic link" with a close friend, while others are more elaborate, such as the one by John Perry Barlow, former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who details how tripping (along with French theologian Teilhard de Chardin) radically altered his view of the universe. Some writers, eschewing illegal drugs such as LSD and the counterculture surrounding them, write about their dream trips on nutmeg (yes, available in any supermarket), while others, such as Steve Silberman at Wired News, are far more involved with psychedelic cultural communities. While not all of the "trips" here are positive, Hayes clearly intends to demystify the use of psychedelics, remove the negative social stigmas and promote them as a valid, useful and edifying means of personal and social growth." -- Publishers Weekly, September 11, 2000
"Tripping is a trip in itself, and one of the most entertaining and informative explorations of psychedelics I've read. Hayes and his correspondents express the inexpressible, reporting on the ecstasy, agony and sheer anarchic weirdness encountered on the via psychedelia. This splendid work is a great addition to the literature of psychedelia." -- John Horgan, author The End of Science and Rational Mysticism
"Tripping is an excellent compendium of first-hand accounts examining the range of altered state experiences induced by psychedelics. For the future investigator attempting to understand the range of subjective experiences and social contexts for psychedelic use at the end of the 20th century, Tripping should prove to be an invaluable source of information. An added bonus to this excellent collection is one of the best Terence McKenna interviews I have seen in years." -- Charles S. Grob, M.D., Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, contributor to Ecstasy: The Complete Guide
"...This volume will tell you more about the potentialities and dangers of psychedelic usage than any of the previous anthologies..." -- Peter Stafford, author of Psychedelics Encyclopedia
"There probably does not exist in print such a complete coverage of the various kinds of experiences possible." -- The Albert Hofmann Foundation
"I recommended Tripping to my 'Psychedelic Mindview' class. The students report that it gave them first-hand insights into psychedelic experiences that they hadn't known about before. The book hits the high points and is very up-to date." -- Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D., editor of Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion
“We can theorize
about psychedelics till the cow patties come home, but there's nothing as
poignant, perplexing, and funny as a well-told trip report.
Charles Hayes has gathered together some great ones. Tripping is
instructive, hilarious and -- let's face it -- enticing. I loved it.” -- R.U.
Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000
"Exhilarating and alarming, Charles Hayes's compendium of altered states does more to capture the 'heaven and hell' aspects of the psychedelic experience than any other book of our generation. How did his subjects ever return intact to tell these stories? Thus, Tripping points to two related and powerful facts. We possess a miraculous ability to land on our feet no matter what the circumstances. We also lack of any coherent system in which to give, take and optimize the use of these remarkable materials." -- Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule
"Charles Hayes's Tripping is a fascinating collection of accounts from behind the veil. Can we really put into words that of which we can not speak? The best efforts so far can be found here. This book is an essential part of the library of anyone who is either in or out of his right mind." -- Karl Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., author of Ketamine: Dreams and Realities
"I couldn't stop dipping in and out of this juicy book, flying from New York to Detroit and back. At times it felt like just reading it was keeping the plane up. Wow! What a contact high." -- Spalding Gray, actor, author, screen writer of Swimming to Cambodia and Gray's Anatomy
"Tripping provides the much needed
'coming out of the closet' that the psychedelic movement has lacked, but that the gay rights movement found so valuable. These stories will captivate, inspire, caution and educate. This courageous book has been long-awaited, and exceeds expectations."
-- Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
"Here's life from the trenches of consciousness, psychedelic style. Charles Hayes'
Tripping presents a dipperful of dreams as seen and recounted by the users of
hallucinogens. It may not
be 1968, but you'd never know it after reading this diary-like collection. Things are as psychedelic as ever, and here's why..."
-- Thomas Lyttle, author of Psychedelics ReImagined; editor/publisher of
Psychedelic Monographs and Essays
"Second only to an intense personal psychedelic experience is
a report from someone else who has ventured into new territory and who is willing to share his discoveries with me. Here is a
magnificent collection of such travels by true explorers, most of whom I do not know, but all of whom I would be thrilled to meet
someday." -- Alexander Shulgin,
Ph.D. Chemistry, former Dow research scientist,
author of PiHKAL and TiHKAL, "Godfather of MDMA"