Distilled Spirits

Distilled Spirits

Don Lattin / Dec 11, 2019

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  • Title: Distilled Spirits
  • Author: Don Lattin
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  • Page: 268
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      • Don Lattin

        Don Lattin is a freelance jounalist and a religion writer who seems to be hopelessly stuck in the sixties He is one of the nation s leading reporters covering alternative religious movements and figures in America Over the past three decades he has covered Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones, Branch Davidian prophet David Koresh, and Heaven s Gate founder Marshall Herff Applewhite He has also written extensively about the rise of the Christian right in the United States and the emergence of radical Islamists around the world.


    1. Very interesting timeline for these guys, something I never knew I didn't know. The realities of Bill W and his flaws was as revealing as pulling the curtain back in Oz. Somehow , with all my cynical experience I still put Bill up on a pedestal and it's good to see his struggles. Also good to clarify some of those rumors around LSD. As for Huxley I had forgotten about him, and how much I read his stuff late in high school. Never heard of Heard but apparently he was a thinkerFunny now I'm out her [...]

    2. Don Lattin is one of America's most important chroniclers of untold stories that are shaping our religious culture. A veteran journalist based in San Francisco, his previous books have thrown open windows into one mysterious spiritual movement after another. Earlier, I highly recommended his book, The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America. That book told the strange story of how four of the mos [...]

    3. Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober, with a Famous Writer, A Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk by Don Lattin★ ½ This is a memoir about a religion journalist who struggled through drug and alcohol abuse for many decades until cleaning up his act in the 2000s. Along the way he intertwines his story with the famous writer (Aldous Huxley), the forgotten philosopher (Gerald Heard), and the hopeless drink (Bill Wilson – co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous). The search for spiritu [...]

    4. This is a curious history of how Aldous Huxley, Bill Wilson, and Gerald Heard explored psychadelics as a means to achieve or expand spiritual experience. It's written by a journalist from northern Cali who chronicles the history of his own experience with the topic in parallel with these three notable figures. While it feels a little meandering at points, it left me with a slightly shifted perspective on the topic and the people described. Worth a read.

    5. An illuminating and well-researched look into the lives of three important men who changed the course of religiosity and spirituality in the west. Also a fascinating personal memoir by a gifted author. Great insights into addiction and the meaning of life. I wished it was longer. I didn't want it to end.

    6. I really enjoyed his research and journalism with regard to Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard and Bill Wilson and was not so interested in his own journey which although mirrored elements of the three men he was writing about was not what I was interested in

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