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Review: 'Pharmako/Dynamis' by Dale Pendell

Originally published in 2002 ‘Pharmako/Dynamis – Stimulating Plants, Potions & Herbcrafts’ is Dale Pendell’s follow up to his excellent ‘Pharmako/Poeia’, and deals with the Excitantia and Empathogenica classes of psychoactive plants. This review is written from the 2010 updated edition, which continues the author’s stroll through the ‘poison path’, in poetic, scientific and historical fashion.

Underlying the sometimes dizzyingly varied facts of the poison path lies a very literary theory but one that, at the same time, penetrates at the very heart of drug theory: “Books themselves are poisons: revealing, teaching, seducing; the letter of orthodoxy or the seed of subversion” (Preface). Pharmako/Dynamis is no exception to this observation, wherein the author, Dale Pendell, has not shied away from illuminating the dark sides of drug history with the light and vice verse. Yet, having said that, this is not a simple chronology or single line of flight: “The structure is three dimensional and holographic. Start anywhere. Read backwards. A book is linear by nature, but that is only a single projection—other cut-ups might make more sense” (Preface). What makes this text so remarkable is this openness.

Posted By psypressuk at 2011-08-05 18:31:44 permalink | comments
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Dononamous. : 2011-08-15 21:19:02
Also uh Dale check your email PLZ
Red. : 2011-08-13 13:23:32
My god, those books are awesome. I own all three and I would recommend them to any interested party in a heartbeat.
mary. : 2011-08-11 21:37:31
I haven't even heard of this book or story, but in my opinion we should show the world the real truth about synthetic and/or organic drugs. These substances are killing our children! The world needs to know the truth!!!!!
Dononamous. : 2011-08-09 15:12:51
I actually read this book first, I enjoy it, although I found some error in the GHB history. [link] according is this book there was alot more date rape cases then he makes it.

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