POSITIVE MESSAGES #63

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CAMILLE B WADDINGTON

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The Probability Pad
by T.A. Waters

"When those intrepid defenders of human-kind, T.A., Mike, and Chester, set out to discover why Greenwich Village suddenly contains duplicates of themselves--and everybody else--they're little prepared for the turned-on situations they rocket into or their unique assortment of companions..." (Goodreads)

 

The Doors of Perception
by Aldous Huxley

"The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley. First published in 1954, it details his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon in May 1953. The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision". He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion." (Goodreads)

 

Le Monde des Ā (The World of Null-A)
by A.E. van Vogt

"It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot." (Goodreads)

 

Le Cornet Acoustique (The Hearing Trumpet)
by Leonora Carrington

"The Hearing Trumpet is the story of 92-year-old Marian Leatherby, who is given the gift of a hearing trumpet only to discover that what her family is saying is that she is to be committed to an institution. But this is an institution where the buildings are shaped like birthday cakes and igloos, where the Winking Abbess and the Queen Bee reign, and where the gateway to the underworld is open. It is also the scene of a mysterious murder." (Goodreads)

 

Penseés Nocturnes (Night Thoughts)
by David Gascoyne

"The first ever full account of Gascoyne's extraordinary life. Includes 30 images of the poet's life (including two portaits of him by Lucian Freud) and a number of Gascoyne's own arresting paintings. A chapter is devoted to Surrealist cuisine with several original and mouth-watering recipes. Features searching critical analysis of Gascoyne's poems and translations." (Oxford University Press)

 

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