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  • By Robert Dickins
    Mar 3, 2011
    Set between 1975 and 1979, the book explores his experiences of psychedelic awakenings – trials and tribulations – against the backdrop of his time at art college. The book manages to combine the best elements of biography and literary flair and carves for itself an exhilarating picture of psychedelic Britain in the late 1970s. Split into three sections. The first, titled ‘Pounds, Shillings and Pence’ an old name for LSD, chronicles Keen’s first acid experiment and his search for an art college to attend. Several characters are introduced, most importantly Henry, whose relationship with Keen forms the psychedelic gravitas to the novel. The interplay of ideas between the two is a fascinating post-modern insight, wherein their own literary adventures in psychedelic literature creates a rhizome that informs the ‘The Mad Artist’ as a psychedelic work itself. ‘The Mad Artist’ is everything a memoir should be for the reader; a glimpse into the emotional, spiritual and social growth of an... More > individual and yet not alienating through whimsy and self-indulgence. Keen uses the psychedelic experience as a beautiful craft through which the elements of his life have been magnified and threaded. It is a textual empathogen, wherein flashes of thought and circumstance entrench you in the text.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
May 25, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.34 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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