Breaking Open the Head
is a book written by author and journalist Daniel Pinchbeck
, founding editor of the literary journal Open City
. Published in 2002
, Breaking Open the Head
covers, in Pinchbeck's words, the cultural history of psychedelic
use, philosophical and critical perspectives on shamanism
, and his personal transformation from a cynical New York litterateur
to psychedelic acolyte.
Pinchbeck details his initiation with the Bwiti and their use of iboga. The account remains personal with Pinchbeck crediting the experience with an insight into his reliance on alcohol.
- Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, Broadway Books, 2002, trade paperback, 322 pages, ISBN 0-7679-0742-6
- Official site - complements book and offers public discussion forums.