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Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (2021)

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Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT
Written by: Graham St John, Dennis McKenna - foreword
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 2021-12-31
Language: English

Since the mid-1950s, the psychoactive compound DMT has attracted the attention of experimentalists, prohibitionists, scientists, artists, alchemists, and hyperspace emissaries. Mystery School in Hyperspace is the first book to delve into the history of this substance, the discovery of its properties, and the impact it has had on poets, artists, and musicians.

DMT has appeared at crucial junctures in countercultural history. William Burroughs was jacking the spice in Tangier at the turn of the 1960s. It was present at the meeting between Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and Tim Leary's associates. It guided the inception of the Grateful Dead in 1965. It showed up in Berkeley in the same year, falling into the hands of Terence McKenna, who would eventually become its champion in the post-rave neo-psychedelic movement of the 1990s. Its indole vapor drifted through Portugal's Boom Festival and has been evident at Nevada's Burning Man, where DMT has been adopted as spiritual technology supplying shape, color, and depth to a visionary art movement. The growing prevalence of use is evident in a vast networked independent research culture, and in its impact on fiction, film, music, and metaphysics.

As this book traces the effect of DMT's release into the cultural bloodstream, the results should be of great interest to contemporary audiences.