At 25, a friend introduced me to “Surfing Finnegans Wake,” in which a nasally man lectures for three hours, ostensibly off-the-cuff, on the psychedelic, boundary-dissolving experience of reading James Joyce.
I remember thinking his voice sounded extra-terrestrial. Here’s a quote from the lecture, which will hopefully be blurbed on the next jacket cover of , a podcast hosted by a friendly man named Lorenzo.
Or rather we had an experience that vaguely related to making love but was a thing unto itself.
We were both howling and singing in the glossolalia of DMT, rolling over the ground with everything awash in crawling, geometric hallucinations. This kind of fucking occurs at the very limit of what is possible.
And now we are told that drugs cannot be legalized because society would disintegrate. ” “We are discovering that human beings are creatures of chemical habit with the same horrified disbelief as when the Victorians discovered that humans are creatures of sexual fantasy and obsession.
This process of facing ourselves as a species is a necessary precondition to the creation of a more humane social and natural order.” “Not to know one’s true identity is to be a mad, disensouled thing — a golem.
In his works, it’s clear that Mc Kenna was a student of many things besides botany and entheogens.
He was a renaissance man, capable of lecturing on literature, history, Western and Eastern philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, ecology, shamanism, chemistry, biology.
Cannabis use is correctly sensed as heretical and deeply disloyal to the values of male dominance and stratified hierarchy.The totemic animal image for the future human to model is the octopus.This is because the cephalopods, the squids and octopi, lowly creatures though they may seem, have perfected a form of communication that is both psychedelic and telepathic — an inspiring model for the human communications of the future.”— On Language “Human symbol formation, linguistic facility, and sensitivity to community values may also shift under the influence of psychoactive and physiologically active metabolites.” On Sex “Then we made love.Mc Kenna advocated for the “legalization of nature.” He thought it was dangerous to forbid access to any plant medicine.But he wasn’t ignorant of the addictive nature of heroin and cocaine, modern inventions that need regulation.