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Marco Vassi
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The Stoned Apocalypse

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Stoned, rolling from here to there on that route from megasex to metatheater, & gathering no moss--just a certain amount of grundge--this is young Marco Vassi's search for...who knows. It begins with a Gurdjieffite psychic who comments that killing himself will be the "one significant act" of which he's capable; goes on to LSD & Scientology where a lovely girl smil ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published 1972 by Trident Press
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Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
The Stoned Apocalypse is erotic author Marco Vassi's autobiographical account of the year and a half he spent searching through the sixties counter culture for a way of life and a state of mind that offered him more bliss and freedom than the world he came from.

The book begins when he is asked the question, "Are you searching?" by a woman he works with who subsequently leads him to join a small Gurdjieff cult. But Vassi has little aptitude for the "enlightenment-through-psychological-abuse" so p
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Jun 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-shelf, fiction
Vassi has a reputation as an erotic writer, but with this one, I was too busy flipping the pages to fondle myself. It's a story that may cause you to erupt in laughter or cringe in embarassment as the protagonist goes from the guru con to the drugs con to the sex con to the psychology con (where he nearly goes stark raving sane working in a mental hospital).
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so grateful for this book. This is one example of how the written word has the ultimate power to transcend everything: class, time, prejudice, politics, fear, death. Marco Vassi died over twenty years ago and when I read this I felt like I had just made a very cool new friend.
I read this because it was on some list of classic erotic books. It is so much more than that. Given my history with psychologists as a teenager,running away, and the rest of what happens to a fourteen year old when s
Todd R.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, the author here is listed as "unknown." Despite the giant letters on the cover picture reading Marco Vassi. Who coincidentally is the author.

A fascinating memoir of a journey through the '60s turmoil, from New York to San Francisco and beyond, through a radical slice of humanity that tried to reinvent everyday life ... a beautiful try anyway.
Edward Smith
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marco takes us on a head trip through his fractured mind as he weaves his way personally through the student movement at Berkeley, the drug scene at Haight/ Asbury, the retreat to Big Sur and Tucson back to San Francisco and when all his madness has abated back to NYC, Whew!

This is a first hand account from inside the student/ hippie movement as it implodes on its own energy.
Cooper Cooper
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a chronicle of Marco Vassi’s wildman experiences during the “revolutionary” nineteen sixties, the notorious age of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll—and quasi-religious cults. A very intelligent and insightful fellow, Vassi (now dead) was apparently also bipolar (manic-depressive)—whether genetically or from drug abuse or both. So he soared to incredible ecstasies and then dove into the paranoid pits of despair—over and over again. He never met an organization he wouldn’t join—briefly. The ...more
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Marco Ferdinand William Vasquez-d'Acugno Vassi (New York City, November 6, 1937 – New York City, January 14, 1989) was an American experimental thinker and author, most noted for his erotica. He wrote fiction and nonfiction, publishing hundreds of short stories, articles, and more than a dozen novels. Many of his works appeared as "Anonymous" in their first printings. He is most often compared to ...more
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