Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change by Tao Lin
Tao Lin’s first work of nonfiction, Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change, is part memoir, part obsessive biography of advocate for psychotropic drugs, Terence McKenna. In Trip, Lin, author of TAIPEI—which Dwight Garner called “his strongest work, [displaying] distant echoes of early Hemingway as filtered through Twitter and Klonopin” (New York Times), explores his own autobiography through the lens of drug experimentation—a theme his readers know well, but is taken to new revelations, in this forthcoming work.
By delving into his own history of drug experimentation, Lin grapples with their respective effects on his life and sense of place in the world. Lin displays all of the insightful, vulnerable, and self-reflective writing that readers have come to know from him. Trip reveals deeply personal insights as Lin embarks on a path of self-reflection in the wake of discovering the work of Terence McKenna, who presents to him an alternative way of being.
As McKenna’s work opens Lin’s eyes, and as he begins his own experimentation with psychotropic drugs for the first time, he begins to wonder: “Why do we make art, and what is my relationship to language? Are there essential, universal truths out there, beyond my limited range of perception?” Lin takes readers on a trip through psychedelic culture, culminating in a pilgrimage out West, to spend time in McKenna’s former home and meet his surviving family.