July 7th – August 3rd 2016

Day 20

July 26th 1894
Aldous Huxley’s Birthday

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
– Aldous Huxley

Let us today, from the prone position, on our knees, give obsequious forelock-tugging praise and eternal gratitude to the very great Aldous Huxley – him none more high – whose personal experiments and refusal to rest one iota upon his already abundant laurels allowed we mere dwindlings to raise ourselves up… perhaps not yet ready for the sky, we at least from the gutter now stare at the curb. Already visionary, a trustworthy genius, a man of enormous flare and intellect whose literary greatness was long established, Huxley – at the age of 59 – chose not to reform his old band and play his past hits to an audience bent on nostalgia and cosiness. Instead, he doused himself with mescaline, fired up his Stratocaster and wrote for us a whole new set list.

Aldous Huxley was the prophet of the psychedelic age. He was venerable, sage-like, but most of all, he was up for it – itching to turbo-charge his already massive brain. How easy it is for a great mind to become self-satisfied and content, but Huxley on the contrary actively sought out radical new ways of achieving his goals. Unsatisfied with the meditations that he’d embarked upon, and clearly unwilling to surrender the keys of the kingdom to some youngster, he contacted psychiatrist Humphry Osmond and requested that he hand over the hallucinogenics. And it was during this duo’s experiment that the word ‘psychedelic’ itself was coined: Psychedelic as in mind manifesting. Psychedelic as in soul revealing. From this experience, Aldous Huxley gave to us the Ur-text of the psychedelic experiment – The Doors of Perception not being just a literary account, but a whole new philosophy. For the skeptical post-war public, confounded by governmental murmurings of mind control, the lofty Aldous Huxley’s grand endorsement was just the kind of scholarly permission and intellectual validation that had been needed.

It could be argued that the psychedelicising of Aldous Huxley was just the icing on the cake of an already hugely achieving career. However, the way forward through psychedelics was evidently a massive part of his psychic truth. Huxley even took LSD on his deathbed, for his was a permanent revolution. His natural state was that of a total genius. But psychedelics propelled him even further.

Today let’s have a deep confrontation with our minds.

Thu Thursday
Fri Friday
Sat Saturday
Sun Sunday
Mon Monday
Tue Tuesday
Wed Wednesday
Day 1: Thursday Jul :7th
Death of Syd Barrett
Day 2: Friday Jul :8th
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Day 3: Saturday Jul :9th
Day 4: Sunday Jul :10th
Day 5: Monday Jul :11th
Day 6: Tuesday Jul :12th
Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday
Day 7: Wednesday Jul :13th
Day 8: Thursday Jul :14th
The Storming of the Bastille
Day 9: Friday Jul :15th
Roky Erickson’s Birthday
Day 10: Saturday Jul :16th
Day 11: Sunday Jul :17th
Day 12: Monday Jul :18th
Death of Nico
Day 13: Tuesday Jul :19th
Full Moon
Day 14: Wednesday Jul :20th
Death of Dieter Moebius
Day 15: Thursday Jul :21st
Day 16: Friday Jul :22nd
George Clinton’s Birthday
Day 17: Saturday Jul :23rd
Day 18: Sunday Jul :24th
Robert Graves’ Birthday
Day 19: Monday Jul :25th
Day 21: Wednesday Jul :27th
Day 22: Thursday Jul :28th
Day 23: Friday Jul :29th
Suicide of Vincent Van Gogh
Day 24: Saturday Jul :30th
Day 25: Sunday Jul :31st
Day 27: Tuesday Aug :2nd
Death of William S. Burroughs
Day 28: Wednesday Aug :3rd
Death of Arthur Lee