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The Timothy Leary Project: Inside the Great Counterculture Experiment

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The first collection of Timothy Leary’s (1920–1996) selected papers and correspondence opens a window on the ideas that inspired the counterculture of the 1960s and the fascination with LSD that continues to the present. The man who coined the phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out,” Leary cultivated interests that ranged across experimentation with hallucinogens, social ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Joseph Spuckler
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The Timothy Leary Project: Inside the Great Counterculture Experiment is a biography put together by the phycologist's notes, letters, and other documents. Jennifer Ulrich is the curator of the documents as well as editor and author of this book. Leary's son, Zach, provides the forward.

Leary was ultimately known for the use of psychedelic drugs to increase human consciousness and experience. This work shows the transformation of a middle-class phycologist into the counterculture guru. Early
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Meike
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: usa, 2018-read
Psychologist Timothy Leary was not only a central figure of the American counterculture, he has always been controversial and his views have been contested - which is the very reason why the guy is so interesting and the questions regarding his legacy are so relevant against the background of changing societal circumstances. And this brings us right to the heart of the problem I have with this book: It is a pure celebration of Leary's achievements, it is lacking nuance and critical distance that ...more
Niklas Pivic
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a highly descriptive and kind look on Leary's life, which was, to it mildly, adventurous. To stack all of his experiences in the way the authors/editors have intended here, by splicing letters to Leary with photographs and descriptions of people, events and keeping a chronological timeliness, they mostly keep a cool head through a jagged passage. It's a trip, without Jest, this book, and very much recommended for a sample of what happened in Leary's life. I think the part of Leary's ...more
John
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
privileged white mind expansion
appropriating indigenous culture
grandiose Post-Neo-Freudian
monkey wrenching the Machine
never looking back (most of the times)
Hendecam
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'The Timothy Leary Project' is a fascinating book about the life of Timothy Leary as told through his own personal papers, which are now held at the New York Public Library. The author, Jennifer Ulrich, processed these papers, so she has a unique view into Leary's lifework.

If you're a Leary novice like me, this book is a great place to start. Leary is a key figure in the counterculture movement of the 1960s, famous for advocating the use of LSD as a gateway to higher consciousness. This book
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Susan Sherman
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting, well documented book on Leary's life, definitely the Harvard years. He certainly had an impact on a generation, not in the way he planned. He brought mind altering drugs to the masses. For most people at that time it was recreational not intellectual. Of course this book does not get into the fact that for a percentage of the LSD users it turned out badly. Still he became a hero for many for a short time. Many cultures have had visionaries who find a way to go into a trance for ...more
Monika Iszard
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads Book win. I really enjoyed this book about a man who didn't care what others thought about him. He did what he wanted to do and when he wanted to do it. Not one to stray from a challenge this man helped a culture that seemed to be lost. He told it like it was and when you are on mind-altering drugs you tend to experience things that you would not normally. Leary was he own person and he was proud of that. I felt that this book gave a better understanding of the drug culture ...more
Marge
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually, some of this was a trip (pun intended) down memory lane to a degree since as a huge leader and face of the 60s and more, I like most Boomers was/am familiar to at least a facet of his persona. What Ulrich does rather effectively, is take troves of primary sources to render then introduce readers to a multi-dimensional--social scientist, educator, philosopher, and leader to name a few--human. I encourage those who may be even a bit curious about Leary/The Counterculture or like me sort ...more
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Zach Leary and Michael Horowitz provide intros for this carefully curated and often engaging volume which combines personal, political and social contexts to the life and work of this often infamously remembered advocate for consciousness upgrading. Jennifer Ulrich, a professional archivist who was brought in to curate the papers and correspondence included here has done a really good job of presenting an interesting, balanced and pretty well-rounded picture of a man that is suitable even for ...more
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Notable in lack of detail.
Brief mention only without discussion of Leary's association as an "informer."
In the forward there is a note by Leary's stepson about his having become part of the
regular Hollywood community.
Minimal explanation.
A record of major cultural change, an era of change,
little elaboration.

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