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The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374156060
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

This collection is sure to satisfy fans as well as draw intrigue from outsiders who may only be familiar with Cohen's name, and although the lyrics collected here are familiar and easy to catch in your head it is indeed the material from his notebooks that are the real main attraction. There's an intimacy in these verses that one generally finds only in the secrecy of journals or diaries where one anticipates the author's heart and soul inked in blood on every page, which absolutely rings true here. After reading this book I feel quite close to a man I've never actually met, and never will. If this is one of the main attempts of art then Mr. Cohen has achieved it here, even if unintentionally. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Running Upon the Wires: Poems by Kate Tempest - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635570199
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 13th, 2018

Poetry has been a home for voices displaced by love since antiquity, so it is easy to repeat old thoughts and motifs, but thankfully Tempest stays clean from this for the most part. It starts at the end as we work our way backward, and even though this story structure has been utilized—albeit, sparsely—Tempest mines vivid and unique images that help to render this a solid tale of poetic truths, fresh phrases, and emotional depth. It is evident Tempest has improved her style, and I'll wait and muse over what her next collection might be with eager anticipation. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3 by Clive Barker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780425165584
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Published: Berkley - October 1st, 1998

From its blunt blood-soaked opening story to its sad and dark conclusion, this anthology is packed with some of horror's greatest achievements. Strange, brooding, and always unique, Barker sends us on a dark odyssey that encompasses the vastness of his genre's complex landscape—carnage, psychology, and the surreal are all on display here. The highlight might be, In the Hills, the Cities, which seems to balance this strange scale of horror with considerable ease. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594204227
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Published: Penguin Press - May 15th, 2018

Coming from a skeptic's perspective myself I found Pollan's book not only accessible but both engaging and divinely well written. This is the perspective the psychedelic culture desperately needed to voice their triumphs, and Pollan does more than sing the praises for psychedelics as a means to heal and expand ourselves, but tackles the controversial history surrounding it without feeling like he needs to defend it.

Complete with a dynamic cast of characters who help and guide him along the way, we learn as he learns, and we take these trips along with him through the importance of storytelling, discovering the intimate details about the mind that these substances uncover. Where might all this be going? It seems only time may tell, and perhaps Pollan himself.


Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780819577726
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - October 3rd, 2017

I fell hard into the simple beauty of this book. What a strange and brilliant trip into poetics, Gizzi breathes life back into poetry over and over again. Here, each new line creates a new language, one that at times reads like a conflation of Rimbaud's Illuminations and the early works of William Carlos Williams. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553371307
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1993

Provocatively spoken, with a voice that is both passionate and well informed, McKenna theorizes that a plant with psychedelic properties was the true source that broke humanity into consciousness thousands of years ago, and that our long trek away from nature is what led us to misery and self-abandonment. His anthropological stories and details alone are worth the read for anyone curious about drug culture, and how and why we've come to demonize entire cultures based on their disposition. A good precursor to Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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