[Ibogaine] Daniel Pinchbeck's new book in NY Times

Vector Vector vector620022002 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 20 16:12:32 EDT 2006

Wow ok, Pinchbeck hit a nerve with most of you, the wrong one I guess

To give my half a cent here, I haven't read 2012 and don't really plan
to, I did make it through maybe half of breaking open the head, it was
no worse then most books about psychedelics and better than a lot. He
isn't exactly the new messiah and he does lack a sense of humor, but I
guess he really must act like an ass in person to have so much hate
from people who are in theory his audience. Oh well. It's not like you
even don't like him much, you act like he ran over your dog.

The one line in that review I personally agreed with, is 'Of the
multiple difficulties encountered by the writer of
drug-induced-mind-expansion narratives, none is more important to
overcome than that of transferring the effect of the drug to his prose,
a near impossibility attained by only a few — William S. Burroughs
comes to mind, as well as Thomas De Quincey.' 

Too true and nope Daniel doesn't do much for me, but then if you all
can do better, the world is waiting ;)


--- Krista Vaughan <krista.vaughan at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't think it's a reasonable or fair way to judge a person's work,
> based on how they live their life. Many if not most of the world's
> greatest artists, writers, thinkers, have been....... really horrible
> people. Sad but true.
> My problem with Daniel is mostly that he just isn't saying anything
> new, that hasn't been said better by Mckenna and he totally fails to
> engage my belief or interest in anything he writes about. I don't so
> much care what he does in his life or how big a dickhead he is, it's
> not like I need to put up with him personally, it sounds more like
> people from NY or burning man who know Daniel personally or at least
> have seen him talk, who are so turned off.
> Yes the Jarhead guy is a dickhead, who has totally opposite and
> different opinions, who was in the military before becoming a writer
> and no I don't agree with much of anything he thinks or believes, but
> you know something... he _is_ a good writer. Sad but true.
> The "drugs" rant was not appropriate or called for or even
> representative of anything, except for the fact the reviewer hates
> Daniel, but so it seems does nearly everyone else. To give it a turn,
> it would be his turn to get reviewed as writing yet another macho ego
> story of killing people for America, shut up and go kill someone or
> run for office and kill a lot of people.
> BTW I don't really see where any of this had much of anything to do
> with ibogaine itself, Daniel has very little to say about ibogaine
> and
> it was only singled out as being exceptionally poorly written and
> conveyed. He talked about Daniel's writing, not ibogaine, that was
> clear.
> KV
> On 6/20/06, Dave Brockman <davebroc at gmail.com> wrote:
> > True true, whatever anyone thinks doesn't matter, it only matters
> what
> > you yourself get out of it. Personally I've got 2012 too, was
> hoping
> > for something else, what I don't know, but here's another review.
> >
> > Pinchbeck sucks ass. No changes there.
> >
> > All the crap he has to say about other peeps, he could go say to
> the
> > mirror. 'course the NYT seems to have lots of personal agendas with
> > half the peeps in the entire counter culture and duh, yeah i'm sure
> he
> > was set up with the one reviewer who would hate him the most, but
> > that's his own fault for being such a utter tool. There's a major,
> > total lack of good psychedelics authors to take the places of the
> last
> > generation. Pinchbeck wants to be Terrence but as somebody else
> said,
> > it's like a copy of Terrence with all humor and self awareness
> > removed. I think the prob is, he does a great job of turning
> everybody
> > who isn't already a convert, totally off to anything he's saying.
> He
> > sucks.
> >
> > It's not like that Albert guy he was on the panel with at the ibo
> conf
> > was all that either, but he was at least gracious, pinchbeck
> > was..........a tool. Fuck him and his unheated share in
> Williamsburg
> > (ohhhhh way trendy).
> >
> > Wonder how much I need to fry my brain to dump my rich girlfriend,
> who
> > just had my baby and explain I need to try to get laid at burning
> man,
> > even though try is the operative word. Lot of love and great wisdom
> is
> > obvious by looking at the way he lives and acts.
> >
> > Fuck the NY Times and their Jarhead reviewer and fuck Pinchbeck, he
> > sucks ass. I can say that too, because my karma is still good, I
> > contributed my $30 bucks hoping for something that didn't suck, so
> > danny boy can go buy himself a burger on my dime.
> >
> > Eye of the Bhogi
> >
> > >  It's this line that irked me the most: "Since when can a guy on
> mushrooms
> > > land a punch? And no one likes a global morality bully who's
> tripping.
> > > Whatever happened to just taking
> > >  drugs?"
> >
> > As much as it may piss you off, he asked for that, he's asking for
> > that through the entire book, he climbs up on his moral high horse
> and
> > rants about what's wrong with the whole world without ever taking a
> > look at himself. I don't dig the jarhead dude, but he did sum it up
> > right there. Pinchbeck does the same shit everyplace he goes, he
> > ranted about "drug tourism" without being able to see that it's
> > exactly what he spends most of his time doing.
> > >
> > >  IBOGA is not "drugs."
> >
> > Sorry again, but this is the same ibogaine party line that don't
> play.
> > I know it's not "drugs" it's a sacred healing mystical plant that
> > gives peeps liberation from drugs. That's nice, my medical cannabis
> is
> > also meds, but someplace behind the bs, I happen to be aware that
> both
> > are drugs and ranting about how they're not, won't get no play when
> > you're not preaching to the choir. Be real.
> >
> > -broc
> >

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