I Think, Therefore Who Am I? (Paperback) - Weissman, Peter

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This engrossing book details the hippie life and lifestyle of the author/protagonist over one year's time, 1967, hence the subtitle: Memoir of a Psychedelic Year. Having been too young to experience the renowned sixties, but as fascinated by it as most in my twenty-something generation, the panoply of the times depicted in the book feels right; goes beyond the easy stereotypes of both hippies and psychedelic drugs like LSD, to the heart and meaning of the era, as seen through the eyes of an extrordinarily observant participant/observer. What he does best, as well as anyone I've ever read, is blend the inner and outer world as he experiences one and moves through the other, in New York's West Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. A terrific book.

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A friend recommended that I read this book, and I admit that I was dubious. I don't take drugs, and I'm not that interested in stories about people who do, and this book's subtitle was Memoir of a Psychedelic Year. But at his urging, I found it in the St. Mark's Bookstore (in the Drugs section!) and bought it. From the first page, I couldn't put it down. The drugs were like the vehicle for the shifting states of mind of the writer, which didn't bother me any more than a science fiction vehicle would have--like characters who have telepathy. It is a funny, sad, thoughtful, and stirring adventure, which I thought of as "existential." The plot is gripping, the writing style is magical--it carries you along in its flow--it is all that a memoir should be.

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The Inner and Outer World of a Hippie

by Carol Miller on 1/29/2007

This engrossing book details the hippie life and lifestyle of the author/protagonist over one year's time, 1967, hence the subtitle: Memoir of a Psychedelic Year. Having been too young to experience the renowned sixties, but as fascinated by it as most in my twenty-something generation, the panoply of the times depicted in the book feels right; goes beyond the easy stereotypes of both hippies and psychedelic drugs like LSD, to the heart and meaning of the era, as seen through the eyes of an extrordinarily observant participant/observer. What he does best, as well as anyone I've ever read, is blend the inner and outer world as he experiences one and moves through the other, in New York's West Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. A terrific book. Read More

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An existential adventure

by Dave Barrett on 2/2/2007

A friend recommended that I read this book, and I admit that I was dubious. I don't take drugs, and I'm not that interested in stories about people who do, and this book's subtitle was Memoir of a Psychedelic Year. But at his urging, I found it in the St. Mark's Bookstore (in the Drugs section!) and bought it. From the first page, I couldn't put it down. The drugs were like the vehicle for the shifting states of mind of the writer, which didn't bother me any more than a science fiction vehicle would have--like characters who have telepathy. It is a funny, sad, thoughtful, and stirring adventure, which I thought of as "existential." The plot is gripping, the writing style is magical--it carries you along in its flow--it is all that a memoir should be. Read More

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Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Mfg Part# 9781425702939
SKU 202910318
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1425702937
Release Date 4/10/2007
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