Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience: Charlotte Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, Anaïs Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Diane di Prima, Carrie Fisher, and Many Others [NOOK Book]

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WOMEN’S STUDIES / PSYCHEDELICS

“A fascinating book. I didn’t realize I had so many sisters of the extreme.”
--Grace Slick, Lead Singer of Jefferson Airplane

“A long-overdue addition to the literature of drug experiences. . . . Gives ...
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Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience: Charlotte Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, Anaïs Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Diane di Prima, Carrie Fisher, and Many Others

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Overview

WOMEN’S STUDIES / PSYCHEDELICS

“A fascinating book. I didn’t realize I had so many sisters of the extreme.”
--Grace Slick, Lead Singer of Jefferson Airplane

“A long-overdue addition to the literature of drug experiences. . . . Gives a new perspective on the complex reasons for human involvement with psychoactive substances.”
--Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health

“A most important contribution to the understanding of the feminine psyche. An amazing and extensive collection of first-hand narratives of psychological and visionary importance.”
--Joan Halifax, Author of Shamanic Voices

“The richness of subjective materials is exquisite. Many drug researchers tend to forget that the subjective experience is the raison d’etre for drug use. Books like this one are an important counterbalance to the objective checklists of clinicians. The book contains some of the best expositions of sensory detail this reviewer has ever read.”
--Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Sisters of the Extreme captures the drug experiences of women from diverse times, social backgrounds, and professions in memoir, fiction, poetry, song, and art. From the mythic associations of ancient history and the rituals of indigenous peoples, through the rampant opiate intoxication of the Victorian era, to the junkies, psychedelic pioneers, anthropologists, and ravers of the late twentieth century, the selections in this book show us that the real experiences of women are far more compelling than antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized tabloid accounts.

Some of the contributors are after visions, revelations, and the healing powers of sacred plants while others are seekers of oblivion--addicts and abusers. Whether describing the effects of opium, LSD, peyote, mushrooms, ayahuasca, cocaine, heroin, MDMA, or marijuana, these women write about their experiences with power and eloquence. Through their experiments with drugs, they cross the boundaries set up by society: sometimes to escape, sometimes to search for deeper meaning, but always with a sense of adventure.

Longtime drug historians, CYNTHIA PALMER and MICHAEL HOROWITZ are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library, the nation’s largest private collection of drug literature. They are also the editors of Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience. Mr. Horowitz is the editor of Timothy Leary’s Chaos and Cyberculture and a bibliography of his writings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594775314
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 746,229
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world exclusively devoted to the literature of mind-altering drugs.

Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer are the directors of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco, the only library in the world exclusively devoted to the literature of mind-altering drugs. Michael Horowitz was Timothy Leary's archivist and is coauthor of The High Times Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs. Palmer and Horowitz live in northern California.

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Table of Contents


Foreword

Preface

Introduction


Images of Women and Drugs in Myth and History

Opium and the Victorian Imagination

Expatriates and Vagabonds

Mainline Ladies

Psychedelic Pioneers

Beats and Hippies

Choosers and Abusers

Shaman Women at the End of the Millennium
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