Re: Leary and LSD [multiple replies] (fwd)

Thu, 1 Feb 1996 12:00:39 -0500

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Date: Thu, 1 Feb 1996 11:54:22 -0500 (EST)
From: sixties@jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU
To: sixites-l@jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU
Subject: Re: Leary and LSD [multiple replies]


Sender: (Maggie Jaffe)
Subject: Re: Leary and LSD

Dear Sixties People and Mike:

I think the media blitz of the catchy phrase "tune in, turn on, drop out"
effectively negated Leary's cautioning about LSD.



Sender: Jeffrey Apfel <>
Subject: Re: San Fran. / Leary...

You wrote:

>And I think this media-transformation phenomenon is relevant to Mike
>Martin's inquiry about Timothy Leary & "set & setting." Yes, that's the
>way I remember Leary's presentation about LSD, and it seems to be the way
>others closer to the culture remember him, rather than as someone who
>simply encouraged LSD consumption wherever & whenever the whim struck.
>Perhaps there's some ex-post facto "cleaning up of the record" by Leary
>here, but I suspect that the media hype about both the drug scene AND
>Leary (and the actual behavior of some folks) have fed this picture of
>Ted Morgan

I also remember "set and setting" as part of the Leary message.
However, the siren song of guru-hood is strong, and I also remember a
Leary (at least one time when I saw him in person) who was clearly
carried away by his exalted status. I seem to recall that this Leary
could also make statements that seemed somewhat more all-encompassing
and religious than a scientific (1964) view of "set and setting". But
that's sort of paradigmatic for the era, in my view, that he could be
and say both.