is, if not a guide to self-help, a book about a person trying to be happier, in part by changing the kinds of drugs he uses. . .another theory of psychedelics emerges, which suggests that the most mystical revelations concern earthly themes: birth, death, and the body; family, friends, and love." --Emily Witt, The New Yorker
is a sane book about becoming sane, and Lin's most valuable work to date." --The Irish Times "
[Lin does] an incredible job describing what a psychedelic experience feels like." --The Village Voice
"An immediately significant entry in the literature of derangement and recovery." --Vulture
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"[Lin's] best yet. . . . His rendering of tripping is perfect--better even. . .than Aldous Huxley's elegant and evocative passages in The Doors of Perception
, because Lin's account conveys reverence and immersion without grandiosity. And that allows humor to leak through. . . . A joy to read." --Bookforum
"Addictive.... Strikingly vivid.... Lin coherently challenges the sense behind labeling psychedelics as controlled substances.... A kaleidoscopic fever dream of ideas, idolatry, and lots of drugs: uniquely produced and curiously intoxicating." --Kirkus Reviews
"An introspective work.... [Lin] chronicles his experiences with various psychedelic drugs in his first nonfiction book, weaving autobiography, history, and spiritual journey together to pose existential questions." --Publishers Weekly
is not only a book about drugs--it's about the condition of humans at this point in history, troublingly divorced from our natural capacity for awe by our chemically depleted bodies and minds. This book has changed how I understand myself on a cellular level. It's a superbly researched, moving, and formally inventive quest for re-enchantment, and Tao Lin's most compelling and profound book yet." --Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?
transcends the ranks of drug memoirs to give us a characteristically nontraditional, completely unique, hilarious, tender, and at times frightening departure from everyday life such as only Tao Lin can write. With fascinating specificity, it asks essential questions about the nature of time, reality, consciousness, and the self, while holding a looking glass up to contemporary life, to ask, Is this really all there is?--and to answer, No, the possibility for knowledge is endless, and we should never cease searching." --Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State
"Similar to the psychedelic drugs Tao Lin writes about here, this book introduces new ways to consider language, perception, and recovery. It's a joy to watch Lin interrogate his obsessions so earnestly and thoroughly in an attempt to understand more about the world as he knows it. Trip
is a book for anyone interested in learning about what the human mind is capable of seeing and believing." --Chelsea Hodson, author of Tonight I'm Someone Else
"Tao Lin took all the drugs so that we wouldn't have to, and the result is astonishing, mind-expanding, beautiful, and profound. The whole of humanity seems contained in this one book." --Kristen Iskandrian, author of Motherest
"Tao Lin's writing reliably restores my sense of the inexhaustible strangeness of even one minute of human thought and feeling." --Michael W. Clune, author of White Out