Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In

Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences by Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, Winona Ryder, William Burroughs, Albert Hofmann, Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Ken Kesey, Huston Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, and Others

Edited by Robert Forte
Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In
Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences by Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Allen Ginsberg, Winona Ryder, William Burroughs, Albert Hofmann, Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Ken Kesey, Huston Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, and Others

Edited by Robert Forte

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Pages : 352

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892817863

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : March 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 19 b&w photographs

A memorial volume to one of this century's most colorful and pioneering figures in the consciousness movement, providing a comprehensive view of the man and his impact on American culture.
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About Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In

A memorial volume to one of this century's most colorful and pioneering figures in the consciousness movement

• A wide array of individuals from all stages of Leary's life provides a comprehensive view of the man and his impact on American culture

One of the most influential and controversial people of the 20th century, Timothy Leary inspired profound feelings--both pro and con--from everyone with whom he came into contact. He was extravagant, grandiose, enthusiastic, erratic, and an unrelenting proponent of expanding consciousness and challenging authority. His experiments with psilocybin and LSD at Harvard University and Millbrook, New York, were instrumental in propelling the nation into the psychedelic era of the 1960s. From the 1980s until his death in 1996 he fully embraced the possibilities of freedom offered by the developments in computer technology and the instant communication made possible by the Internet.

The essence of Leary's life has often been reduced to the celebrated formula of "Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out." The wider implications of this esoteric call to communion have been lost, just as the multifaceted nature of Leary's personality was obscured by the superficial spin put on his life and ideas. In this book a wide array of individuals from all stages of Leary's life, friends and foes alike, provide a more complete view of the man and his impact on American culture.

It is still too early to know how posterity will judge the man and his ideas, but Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In shows that Leary was often so far ahead of his time that few could follow the extensive range of his thought.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Introduction

Timothy Leary's Dead

  John Perry Barlow

An Unfinished (R)Evolution
  Frank Barron

To Tim from John
  John Beresford

Briefly
  William S. Burroughs

Inviting in Tim Leary's Ghost
   Caroline W. Casey

Tim Leary: A Personal Appraisal
  Walter Houston Clark

Ram Dass Remembers Tim
  an interview with Ram Dass

Observations on My Friend and Hero
  Tom Davis

Road Man
  Maynard Ferguson

Declaration of Independence for Dr. Timothy Leary
  Allen Ginsberg

Changing His Mind
  Anita Hoffman

My Meetings with Timothy Leary
  Albert Hofmann

Prophet on the Lam
  Michael Horowitz

Jaaz #7 for Tim Leary
  Robert Hunter

Letters

  Aldous Huxley and Gerald Heard

The Rule of Love
  Michael Kahn

St. Timothy on the Freeway
  Ken Kesey

Letters to Timothy
  Carolyn Kleefeld

A Game of Mind Tennis with Timothy Leary
  Paul Krassner

A Word from the Control Group
  an interview with Jaron Lanier

The Archaic Revival
  an interview with Terence McKenna

From Harvard to Zihuatanejo
  Ralph Metzner

The Esalen Institute, Sacred Mushrooms, and the Game of Golf
  an interview with Michael Murphy

Euphorion Returned
  Claudio Naranjo

A Few Memorable Moments
  Mimi Raleigh

Farewell/Greetings to Timothy Leary
  Thomas Riedlinger

Godfather
  Winona Ryder

Climbing Jacob's Ladder
  Zalman Schaehter- Shalomi

LSD: Let's Save Democracy?
  an interview with Philip Slater

Timothy Leary and the Psychedelic Movement
  an interview with Huston Smith

Owsley's Leary
  an interview with Owsley's Stanley

Stolaroff on Leary
  an interview with Myron Stolaroff

The Most Kind Man I Have Ever Known
  Danny Sugarman

Let's Do Lunch
  Jeremy Tarcher

Mistah Leary, He Dead
  Hunter S. Thompson

The Harvard Crimson Story
  an interview with Andrew Weil

Notes about Dr. Timothy Leary
  Robert Williams

The Unreachable Stars
  Robert Anton Wilson

Illusions
  Rosemary Woodruff

Author Bio
Robert Forte studied the history and psychology of religion at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He served on the board of directors of the Albert Hofmann Foundation and is the editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"The list of contributors to this book reads like a "who's who" from the consciousness movement of recent decades. Leary emerges as a remarkable and charismatic character. For a fresh look at the sixties, these accounts of one of the pivotal figures of that decade are thoughtful, informative and evocative."

Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000

Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

PSYCHEDELICS / BIOGRAPHY

“Timothy Leary’s Dead. No, no no no, he’s outside, looking in.”
--The Moody Blues, “Legend of a Mind”

“Tim was a chieftain. He stomped on the terra, and he left his elegant hoof prints on all our lives.”
--Hunter S. Thompson

“Tim Leary probably made more people happy than anybody else in history.”
--Terence McKenna

“What I learned from Tim didn’t have anything to do with drugs but it had everything to do with getting high. His die-hard fascination with the human brain was not all about altering it, but about using it to its fullest.”
--Winona Ryder

Timothy Leary inspired strong feelings in everyone he came into contact with during his momentous life. An unrelenting proponent of expanding consciousness and challenging authority, he was brilliant and erratic, extravagant and enthusiastic, wise and foolish. Ram Dass called him the most creative man he had ever known, while Richard Nixon called him the most dangerous man in the world. Many agree that his exuberant popularizing of psychedelics radically altered the course of the twentieth century. His research at Harvard University and subsequent dismissal from the faculty helped to inaugurate the counterculture of the 1960s, awakening a generation to its own potential. His later arrests, escapes from prison, asylum in Switzerland, and return to the United States mark him as an archetypal hero. His eventual embracing of computers and the Internet kept him at the forefront of the battle for personal freedom and creative expression.

The essence of Leary’s life has often been reduced to his celebrated formula “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” But the wider implications of this call to communion are forgotten, just as the complex nature of Leary’s personality is often reduced to the superficial spin put on his ideas by the media. In Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In, many of the great artists, thinkers, and rebels of our time discuss Leary’s life and legacy. In doing so, this gathering of minds goes beyond a simple tribute to the man and becomes a provocative dialogue on the evolution of consciousness.

ROBERT FORTE studied the history and psychology of religion at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He served on the board of directors of the Albert Hofmann Foundation and is the editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion

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