Freaky Friday: Exploring the “Secrets Mushroomic”: R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico

Editor’s Note: Today’s Freaky Friday brings Points readers the insights of Tace Hedrick, Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida and a specialist in 20th-century Latin American literature and culture.  Having written previously on Mestizo Modernisms, Hedrick is now at work on a study of national and cosmic identity discourseContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Exploring the “Secrets Mushroomic”: R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico”

The Stoned Ages, The Day (or Sixteen) After

Editor’s Note: The post below by Joe Spillane was written after the original September air date of “The Stoned Ages.”  If you’re just tuning in now, don’t worry– it’s probably still pretty relevant.  Readers who caught my last-minute notice regarding “The Stoned Ages” documentary on the History Channel know that I was a little ambivalentContinue reading “The Stoned Ages, The Day (or Sixteen) After”

Freaky Friday: Ayahuasca Past and Present

Editor’s Note:  In his short commentary on “The Stoned Ages” a couple of weeks ago, co-managing editor Joe Spillane mentioned that viewers who hoped to learn more about ayahuasca would be disappointed by the show, given its obsession with psilocybin mushrooms.  Reader, if he was talking about you, fret no more!  Counterprogramming against this weekend’sContinue reading “Freaky Friday: Ayahuasca Past and Present”

Freaky Friday: Grand Rounds with Dr. Dave Smith, Founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic

Thanks to the wonders of technology, Points readers interested in the secret history of addiction medicine and the psychedelic ’60s can check out a Grand Rounds talk that Dr. Dave Smith, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, gave at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in December of 2010.  (Click on the link above,Continue reading “Freaky Friday: Grand Rounds with Dr. Dave Smith, Founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic”

R.I.P., Alice D. Millionaire

The New York Times reports the death of chemist Augustus Stanley Owsley III, pioneer of industrially produced LSD.

The Points Interview: Erika Dyck

For our third installment of the Points Interview, we move from alcohol to LSD, and a conversation with Erika Dyck, author of Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD From Clinic to Campus. Erika is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Readers interested in more compelling work in the history of medicine andContinue reading “The Points Interview: Erika Dyck”

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