Altered states: creativity under the influence

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Watson-Guptill, Sep 1, 1999 - Art - 192 pages
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The relationship between altered states of consciousness and art is explored in a fascinating and daring new book the discusses meditative rituals, alcohol, drugs, and other "handles" on altered reality, tracing their influence on the work of William Faulkner, Samuel Coleridge, Jackson Pollock, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Little Richard, and many others.

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In this fascinating book, Hughes explores the lives of famous "creatives," from Plato to Vincent Van Gogh to chess player Bobby Fisher, observing that the "creative process requires, at least in some ... Read full review


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