on 29 April 1999
Wilson has provided an enlightening and entertaining roadmap of narcotics, sexual rituals and the occult. Each chapter provides a anecdote and a factual(?) essay on a major recreational drug. The problem is that some of Wilson's facts are questionable. Wilson's statments may have been correct based on information available at the time of the original writing (circa 1974). But we know now that cocaine is in fact addictive. It is unfortunate because I believe that most of what Wilson states is true (particularly the George Washington as the father of hemp secion), but with some obvious blunders it is hard to discern the truth from fiction. The personal anecdotes range from comical to chilling. Anyone engaged in illicit drugs, or are considering experimentation should read this book to get some perspective as to the psycho-sexual effects of the drugs.
on 20 December 2000
Sex and Drugs is a book in which Robert Anton Wilson presents a lucid and rational perspective on how drugs can change perception and behaviour. Wilson uses his own life experiences and his encounters with friends and acquaintances over the years to show how drugs and drug culture can alter people lives - sometimes radically so. As a piece of post modern anthropology this work is outstanding. Through case studies, supplemented by medical evidence, research, and informed opinion, Wilson takes the reader into a world that is curiously absent of the seedy-drug ethos that is presented in the media. A must buy book for the open-minded intellectual.
on 28 March 2014
Interesting book, would recommend to anyone, though if you are already familiar with RAW's work then you wont find that much new information, though still worth the read.
However, if you are purchasing this book after reading Prometheus Rising because you are interesting in trying the consciousness expanding 'Tantric Exercises' that he alludes to in chapter 11 then don't bother. All he says are a few sentences to the affect of 'tantrists prolong sex for longer than normal'. That is literally all. There are no exercises described and includes no practices or techniques that you can undertake to further your understanding of what he is talking about.
Love Robert Anton Wilson but disappointed in him for suggesting to us in Prometheus Rising that we buy this book and attempt the 'exercises described'. There is none.
on 18 March 2013
If you're intersted in both RAW and this sort of topic, then you won't find anything new in this book. Indeed it is from the 70's, and it's more interesting to see how things have progressed than it is informative. A little expensive for how big it is, also considering how much revolutionary material was fit inside the similar sized 'prometheus rising', which I would recommend over this