The Delicious Grace of Moving One's Hand: Intelligence is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac




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Written over 30 years and collected by the high priest of the 1960s counterculture before his death in 1997, these spirited meditations, musings and rants highlight the centerpiece of Leary's famous mantra, "Tune in, Turn on, Drop Out." Leary constantly sounds his theme--"If it FEELS good, it probably IS good"--but his interests are far-ranging: sexual repression, clitoridectomy, the sexual politics of the cold war, cybersex, pornography, tantric sex, Jungian synchronicity and, of course, LSD. That most of these pieces are transcribed lectures (more than half the book is devoted to his famous series of talks at the Free University at Berkeley in 1969) may account for their breezily compelling tone. Although the writing and ideas are clearly bound to their cultural moment (the collection is rife with 1960s psychobabble), much here remains fresh and relevant. "Sexy Centerfolds" is a sprightly and on-target analysis of right-wing politics, fundamentalism and sexual repression that targets "scornographers" Edwin Meese, Ronald Reagan and the Ayatollah Khomeini, while "Psychedelic Psychology" neatly delineates how the creation of the disdained "other" functions in U.S. politics. Although Leary fans will not be deterred by the lack of footnoting and annotations, the collection may leave younger readers who are curious about Leary's legacy wishing for more context than Daniel Weizmann provides in his brief introduction. (Feb.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A posthumous autobiographical collection of wildly effusive claptrap about sex and drugs from the clown prince of `60s drug culture who ended his career as a stand-up comedian before he died at 77 in 1997. Yes, it's a great title, but, like much from Leary (Chaos & Cyber Culture, 1994, etc.), it wilts under scrutiny. In a nostalgic memoir called ``Discovering the Source of All Pleasure,'' Leary recalls how beautiful it was in 1962, when he was a Harvard research psychologist who gobbled psilocybin at the home of jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and began to learn the ``sensual possibility'' inherent in waving his hand in front of his face. Soon Leary was having sex with a female guest of the Fergusons. After ``maneuvering the limbs, tentacles and delightful protuberances with which we were miraculously equipped,'' he agreed with Ferguson's wife Flora Lu that ``it's all Sex, don't you see?'' Fortified by this experience, Leary instructed an entire generation to ``turn on, tune in, and drop out,'' assuring them that sex, drugs, and rejecting mainstream life were a sure path to heightened spirituality. These and other examples of blissful ignorance (``The aim of all Eastern religion, like the aim of LSD, is basically to get high. . . . Like it or not, you're God'') in this bundle of speeches, articles (from Playboy and Hustler), and book excerpts have not aged well. Learys cheerfully irresponsible endorsements of promiscuity, pornography, and the ``southern botanicals''cocaine, opium, and the hallucinogenics, as opposed to the alcohol, nicotine, and tranquilizers of the ``smokestack-assembly-line Factory culture''seem harrowing in light of the social damage the abuse of these intoxicants has caused. Ever the optimist, Leary maintained that a new and better age was coming, even when history proved otherwise. Charming nonsense from a bygone era that becomes shocking when you realize how many took it so seriously. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.



Author(s) Book :Timothy Leary
Publish Year :1999 Publisher : Da Capo Press
You can check by ISBN10/ISBN13 : 1560251811/9781560251811
Pages :275

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