Alexander Shulgin's Psychedelic Publications

Alexander Shulgin is the worlds foremost developer and explorer of psychedelic drugs. He has been, and remains, a prolific writer. His publications provide a great introduction to the diverse world of psychedelics, and provide and inspiration for psychedelic exploration. However, Shulgin has informed me that the publishing of any human data on new compounds had to stop abruptly with the enactment of the Analogue Drug Bill in 1986. This particular bit of obscenity makes the generation, or even the attempted generation, of any altered state of consciousness a felonious act. The continuing publication of experimental results in the medical and scientific literature is now totally impossible. For this reason I think it is worthwhile to provide a complete list of his psychedelic publications. They are well referenced, and can lead to much other psychedelic literature.

Shulgin crossed the diamond with the pearl and gave birth to all forms of light:

"It is early morning now. Slothrop's breath is white on the air. He is just up from a dream. Part I of a poem, with woodcuts accompanying the text - a woman is attending a dog show which is also, in some way, a stud service. She has brought her Pekingese, a female with a sickeningly cute name, Mimsy or Goo-Goo or something, here to be serviced. She is passing the time in a garden setting, with some other middle-class ladies like herself, when from some enclosure nearby she hears the sound of her bitch, coming. The sound goes on and on for much longer than seems appropriate, and she suddenly realizes that the sound is her own voice, this interminable cry of dog-pleasure. The others, politely, are pretending not to notice. She feels shame, but is helpless, driven now by a need to go out and find other animal species to fuck. She sucks the penis of a multicolored mongrel who has tried to mount her in the street. Out in a barren field near a barbed-wire fence, winter fires across the clouds, a tall horse compels her to kneel, passively, and kiss his hooves. Cats and minks, hyenas and rabbits, fuck her inside automobiles, lost at night in the forests, out beside a waterhole in the desert.

"As Part II begins, she has discovered she's pregnant. Her husband, a dumb, easygoing screen door salesman, makes an agreement with her: her own promise is never stated, but in return, nine months from now, he will take her where she wants to go. So it is that close to the end of her term he is out on the river, and American river, in a rowboat, hauling on the oars, carrying her on a journey. The key color in this section is violet.

"Part III finds her at the bottom of the river. She has drowned. But all forms of life fill her womb. 'Using her as mermaid' (line 7), they trans- port her down through these green river-depths. 'It was down, and out again./ Old Squalidozzi, ploughman of the deep,/ At the end of his day's sowing/ Sees her verdigris belly among the weeds' (lines 10-13), and brings her back up. He is a classically-bearded Neptune figure with an old serene face. From out of her body streams a flood now of dif- ferent creatures, octopuses, reindeer, kangaroos, 'Who can say all the life/ That left her womb that day?' Squalidozzi can only catch a glimpse of the amazing spill as he bears her back toward the surface. Above, it is a mild and sunlit green lake or pond, grassy at the banks, shaded by willows. Insects whine and hover. The key color now is green. 'And there as it broke to sun/ Her corpse found sleep in the water/ And in the summer depths/ The creatures took their way/ Each to its proper love/ In the height of afternoon/ As the peaceful river went....'" Pynchon (1973, p. 446-447)

For reprints of Shulgin's publications, write to:

Alexander T. Shulgin
1483 Shulgin Road
Lafayette, CA 94549

Be merciful. He is out of many of the older papers, and probably doesn't have reprints of the longer review articles. Don't request reprints of articles that you can get at the library. After each article I have included a number in boldface. These are the numbers that Shulgin uses to reference his papers. If you include these it will make it easier for him to locate them.

See also the Alexander Shulgin pages.

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