Were they high when they wrote it? Strange, trippy books

Reading Between the Dunes

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley.

First published in 1954, it details his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley’s recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon in May 1953.

The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake’s 1793 poem ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the “purely aesthetic” to “sacramental vision”. He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion.

The Red Book by Carl Jung

When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called it his “confrontation with the unconscious,” the heart of it wasThe Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed…

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