Friday, October 25, 2013

New book on Timothy Leary

I'm looking forward to hearing what the Timothy Leary scholars have to say, but this seems like it would be important: Timothy Leary's lover for much of the 1970s, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, has published a book about Leary, Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story.

Here is the Amazon blurb: "Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary is a scathingly honest and breathless autobiographical memoir by Joanna Harcourt-Smith, the British Jet-Set "hippie heiress" scapegoat for Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist "Pied Piper" of the Sixties generation. Between 1972 and 1977, Joanna was his lover and voice to the outside world while he was in prison for three-and-a-half of those years. Tripping the Bardo is a missing piece of the Sixties puzzle. Joanna Harcourt-Smith knows. As an eyewitness, she was right at the heart of it. From the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol to the relentless FBI harassment of the political Left, Tripping the Bardo moves at the fast pace of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll that the Sixties were known for. The author's voice is that of a spoiled and damaged socialite but with an unrelenting sense of humor and ability to bring to life an outrageous set of characters – aristocrats and drug dealers, rockers and poets, crime lords and double agents. As Hermann Hesse said: I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves."

Her "Future Primitive" podcasting site (it looks interesting) is here.   Her official biography is here.


fyreflye said...

And who do you suppose *wrote* that cliché laden
collection of fantasies about the sixties and herself other than Ms H-S? She's been leeching off her brief affair with Leary, whose taste in women was less than wise, for the last forty years. Notice that the "publisher" is CreateSpace. She couldn't even interest a legitimate publishing house.

Katherine McChesney said...

Typical for Joanna to skate by on on Leary's coattails. She's leeched off many people to get what she wants, including stealing ideas from others, taking others ideas and using them for her various projects. Even her mother declared that "Joanna lives in her head." It seems Joanna has failed to work her Alcoholics Anonymous program as she is attempting to peddle her fantasy world for money. It would be no surprise at all if she extorted money from Flockie's son based on her role as a professional victim.

jay said...

Yea. Shame on her. Timothy Leary was a Saint.