In these books the famous and influential writer tells of his
"extraordinary" experiences with mescaline and the new
worlds on the other side of the doors. These books, showing Huxley's
enthusiasm and command of the language, help set the stage for
Western use of psychedelics. - Mind Books
Sometimes a writer has to revisit the classics, and here we find
that "gonzo journalism"--gutsy first-person accounts
wherein the author is part of the story--didn't originate with
Hunter S. Thompson or Tom Wolfe. Aldous Huxley took some mescaline
and wrote about it some 10 or 12 years earlier than those others.
The book he came up with is part bemused essay and part mystical
treatise--"suchness" is everywhere to be found while under
the influence. This is a good example of essay writing, journal
keeping, and the value of controversy--always--in one's work.