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Design for Dying
As the fringe guru himself put it, "Mademoiselle Cancer moved in to share [his] body." But in the days before he died, Leary -- never one to miss an opportunity for a party -- used his approaching death to create an exuberant new vision of what dying can be. Optimism, courage, joy and spirituality were central to Leary's final days and his death. Design for Dying -- Leary' ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 9th 1997 by HarperOne
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Brave, poetic, crazy, inconsistent - just like the man himself. He wrote it as he was dying, discussing what death means today in the face of modern science. He speaks frankly about how he chose to die - not the choices everyone would make of course, but compelling. This is a great little book taking on a vital and challenging topic that usually either gets ignored or railroaded down conventional religious/moral tracks. More books should be written like. And better books have, but I haven't read ...more
I learned a lot about this interesting man's life by getting this glimpse at his process for death. He was conscious and exuberant about his life, and maintained that attitude for his own death. His final acts sought to make it okay to talk about the choices and make them for yourself, rather than let death just happen to you.
Timothy Francis Leary was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, modern pioneer and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out."More about Timothy Leary...