Sunday, November 4, 2012

Show for Nov 4, 2011. Don Lattin on East-West Spirituality, Early Psychedelia and the Recovery Movement.

The last time I had journalist and author Don Lattin on the show, we discussed his book The Harvard Psychedelic Club, about Timothy Leary & Co. This time, we talked about a previous generation of consciousness raisers. Don’s new book, Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober with a Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher and a Hopeless Drunk, tells the intersecting stories of Aldous Huxley, spiritual voyager and Doors of Perception author; his compatriate Gerald Heard, a soi-disant mystic and early acid head; and Bill Wilson, friend of Heard and founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book is also a memoir of Don’s own psychedelic experiences, his drug and alcohol addiction and AA-assisted recovery.

Courtesy of Don Lattin, a TV clip of an early acid experiment and rare footage of new age proto-prophet Gerald Heard.

You can download the MP3 here (if using a Mac, control-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” If using a PC, right-click and choose Save Target As…”)