In this week’s episode, James Penner speaks with Joanna about: rediscovering Tim Leary’s early writings; Leary, an interdisciplinary and provocative thinker; creativity and psychedelics; “learn to trust your nervous system”; growing interest in psychedelics across generations; the changing relationship between Richard Alpert/Ram Dass and Tim Leary; re-evaluating the foundational period of the psychedelic era; a key event: the Harvard scandal; the best psychedelic writings; Leary as a scientist and mystic; an artist of the epiphany; “re-imprinting”: Leary’s most radical idea.
James Penner, Ph. D., is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, he is the author of “Pinks, Pansies and Punks: The Rethoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture.” His newest book is “Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years. Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner and others.”