Posted By trish on November 7, 2009
Don Lattin is one of the nation’s leading journalists covering alternative and mainstream religious movements and figures in America. He is the author of Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge, Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, and is the co-author of Shopping for Faith – American Religion in the New Millennium.
His work has appeared in dozens of U.S. magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where Don covered the religion beat for nearly two decades. He has also worked as a consultant and commentator for “Dateline” NBC; “PrimeTime Live,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” on ABC Television; “Anderson Cooper 360” and “American Morning” on CNN; and “Religion and Ethics News Weekly” on PBS.
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This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1960-61, and how their experiences in a psychedelic drug research project transformed their lives and much of American culture in the 1960s and 1970s.
They came together in a time of upheaval and experimentation, and they set the stage for the social, spiritual, sexual, and psychological revolution of the 1960s. Huston Smith would be the teacher, practicing every world religion and educating three generations of Americans to adopt a more tolerant, inclusive attitude toward other culture’s religions. Richard Alpert would be the seeker, traveling to India, returning to America as “Ram Dass” and reborn as a spiritual leader with his “Be Here Now” mantra, inspiring a restless army of spiritual pilgrims. Andrew Weil would be the healer, becoming the undisputed leader of alternative medicine, devoting his life to the holistic reformation of the American health care system. And Timothy Leary would play the rebellious trickster, the premier proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD, advising a generation to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.”
Theirs’ would be a time of joy, a time of peace and a time of love. There were also times of backstabbing, jealousy and outright betrayal. But each in his own way, the members of The Harvard Psychedelic Club changed the way Americans view religion and practice medicine, nothing less than the way we look at body and soul.
Don Lattin’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 5th: Cynthia Lou
Wednesday, January 6th: Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom
Monday, January 11th: A Daring Adventure
Tuesday, January 12th: Holistic Future
Wednesday, January 13th: Bibliofreak
Thursday, January 14th: Happy Lotus
Thursday, January 21st: Quest for Balance
Monday, January 25th: Revive Your Life
Tuesday, January 26th: Jane Be Nimble
Thursday, January 28th: Evolving Beings