Psychedelic Book Club: Oh Excellent Air Bag- Pittsburgh
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About The Event
Join the Psychedelic Club of Pittsburgh for a lively book club discussion about Oh Excellent Air Bag, edited by Adam Green. This short and delightful book collects essays, plays, poems and more about N20, or nitrous oxide, which has inspired some of the earliest Western writing about the visionary experience.
Link to purchase book: https://publicdomainreview.org/pdr-press/oh-excellent-air-bag/
The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take root in a certain circle of British society: the inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas."...From its subsequent use in "laughing gas shows" through to its eventual employment in anesthetics, the "delectable air" would go on to inspire more than a century of extraordinary writings that combined the scientific, the poetic, and the philosophical in a wholly new way. This volume collects the most striking examples of both these first-hand accounts and the secondary literature they spawned, including writings by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, William James, and Theodore Dreiser.