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R is reported to be delighted Deep in the desert the M Moires De M Le Pr Fet De La Seine Et De M Le Pr Fet De Police Vol lysergic potion the Philosopher s Stone is ingested It is Foucault s first experience with psychedelics a deferment of the rite to which he attributes hisover s skittishness about such drugs The potion is taken cannabis smoked and Grand Marnier uaffed Michael plays his tape recorder and Charles Ives swept through us into the salt flats glistening List Of The Mollusca Existing In The Neighborhood Of Cincinnati Ohio like icing on a wedding cake Properly high the men relocate to Zabriskie Point Richard Strauss and Stockhausen are played Asked about a possible decisive moment in his intellectual development Foucault recalls revealing his homosexuality to the headmaster of the cole normale and facing than merely censure as a result causing him to understand the fundamental impulse of our society normalization Only a very small amount of writing is dedicated to the actual subjective experience of the psychedelic trip Later Foucault will say that though the experience was perhaps the greatest of hisife he did not waste his time thinking about concepts He says that the psychedelic experience affords an experience of the Truth not entirely dissimilar to sex with a stranger If he articulates anything Bulletin De La Soci T De G Ographie De Lille Lille Roubaix Tourcoing like a revelation it would appear to be by way of his passing repletion of a gnomic mantra We must go home again The men retreat to theirodgings for the remainder of the night returning to Zabriskie Point in daylight for photographs then for a final Jahrbuch Der K Niglich Preussischen Geologischen Landesanstalt Und Berga look out from Dante s View Upon returning to Claremont and environs Foucault is obligated to make a couple public appearances First he is obligated to give a talk which frustrates him and does not go terribly well After that there is a big faculty party complete with myriad hangers on where Foucault holds court in good humour and is at one point asked by comedian and future United States Senator Al Franken who he Foucault thinks will win the World Series to which the philosopher playfully rejoins that he is not a prophet Beforeeaving the party Foucault takes interest in Simeon s friend David and the next morning before Foucault has to fly back to Berkley he and Simeon make a trek up to see the Taoist mountain man David and some other uasihermit European Studies congregants A mountain symposium ensues You will note that this occurs on or at L Illustration Journal Universel Vol 8 least in the vicinity of Mount Baldy where poetsongwriterperformer Leonard Cohen would eventually famously spend some timeiving among the Buddhist monks Foucault speaks of Gaston Bachelard who was his teacher and tells a young man who feels Vie De Saint Bruno Instituteur De L Ordre De Chartreux lost that the young very much should feelost that there are no solutions no answers The mountain men christen the philosopher Country Joe Foucault He sure can chop wood Focuault makes a key pronouncement perhaps the central one of the whole text you will allow me to paraphrase we must know ourselves by Annual Report Of The Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Commission For Th listening to others this is how the unconscious operates A distinct nearly autonomous section follows the mountain symposium Foucault engages in a congenial A with Wade s graduate students much of which is simply transcribed in something close to unabridged form Here we have the Foucault most of us know well extemporizing on power discourse history the body the event as process et cetera Following the A a finalunch is enjoyed at the tacky and weirdly racist coffee shop Sambo s situated conveniently at the San Bernardino Freeway entrance where California s mythology is explored earthuakes and the Golden Gate Bridge and so forth before Foucualt is finally brought to the airport where he Wade and Stoneman do the molecular faretheewell The end Yes but also it would seem a beginning How do we measure this exactly Heather Dundas begins her foreword by introducing the first clue that sent her off in search of Simeon Wade a Gritos Contra El Investigador Don Guillermo Del Rio O Beque line in David Macey s THE LIVES OF MICHEL FOUCAULT wherein the journalistphilosopher is uoted reflecting upon that unforgettable evening in 1975 There is some evidence that after the Death Valley trip he discarded what he had so far written of the second volume of THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY starting again from scratch The final three volumes of THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY do appear to mark a transition away from a concern with power and evolving systems of control toward something else Aetter from October 1975 was found amidst Wade s papers after his death in which Foucault asserts candidly that he had to begin again on his book about sexual repression following his recent visit Simeon Wade has made a credible case here It would not appear that the breakthrough Foucault experienced immediately before during and after his Death Valley trip was especially cosmic or metaphysical What his focus turned
"TOWARD WAS AN AESTHETICS OF EXPERIENCE "was an aesthetics of experience sense that Ueber D Ak S Rede life should beived as a work of art and perhaps above all the primacy as regards such a shift in focus of friendship I picked up Foucault in California hoping for some philosophizing and some shenanigans The book for the most part The Inspection Of Feeding Stuffs In 1907 lightly delivers on both The philosophizing isargely the personalities depicted name dropping the media they consume and the shenanigans are plot points without much power in their portrayal The one exception in which the book goes deep is a transcript of Foucault s session with the author s graduate class br br All this aside I enjoyed reading the book The author s unpolished style is endearing in some ways In its favor the book is short and beautifully designed Had it been Housewife S Expense Book Housewife S Red Book Revised And Improved long and on an ereader it wouldn t have been as fun to read I don t think I ve gotten so much enjoyment from theook and feel of a book in a Bilder Aus Livland long time i m surprised by how entertained i was by this book it s basically a breezy recollection ofofty banter between foucault various postbeatnik 70 s californian backtothelanders maybe that sounds awful to you but it s right up my alley it s probably fudged too but i think that s half the fun at the very Read this on a azy warm but not oppressively hot Sunday drifting in and out of the narrative searching out ong forgotten philosophersbooks mentioned remembering my own trips in remote Western desert wonderlands nostalgic for when I was so electrified when diningpartying with visiting intellectualsartists at my universities and recognizing the stifling culture of a repressive academic environment in this case Claremont Graduate School I had others in mind that is unable to completely contain the wild flowering of Jouissance Amongst Those Fervently Committed To Its amongst those fervently committed to its cultivation my conception ecstative is imaginative discourse that does not stop and builds to an explosive point of multiple moments of discoverywonderbr br As you can see in some of the negativedisappointed comments on this book too many approach this slim volume as if it may be the great Los Puritanos Y Otros Cuentos lost Foucauldian codex that holds great secrets of theife and transformation of the Kaiser Franz Und Die Europ Ischen Befreiungskriege Gegen Napoleon I longdead Foucault an impulse he dismisses as pointless throughout this portrayal of him on this trip and verified in many interviews Those making the comments kind of remind me of the stifledarrogant academics that assault Foucault with banal uestions after his productive discussion with the students near the end Instead the book is about Foucault accepting an invitation to hang out with some scholars which just happens to include an acid trip in the desert and having a series of open discussions about whatever was on their minds as we do in those informal settings It is not a guidebook to Foucault s thinking instead it is a glimpse intoof Foucault as experiencedremembered by a young scholar A clever novel Certainly not an accurate account of this supposed event Reading some of the dialogueand all of it remembered in detail supposedly by Wade Or how forward thinking did he taperecord everythingyou get a sense of forced drama And yes egad the intellectual namedropping But handing over the manuscript to Dundas at a cafe after all these years because no one else would publish it Fanatical university students would pay for hardcopies of The Collected Grocery Lists of Michel Foucault but somehow this tripping account couldn t find a publisher br And Simeon Wade dying conveniently right before the work was published br We even have Foucault suggesting folks should take advantage of current technology With the VCR and the video cameras you can make your own shows tell your own stories and exchange them with your friends 129 Really The VCR popular enough for a French philosopher to recommend it in 1975 when it didn t hit American markets until two yearsaterbr Where are the supposed recordings of Foucault crying the morning after because he had seen the Truth Or the actual manuscript Is it available. Ensive dialogues between Foucault and his disciples ata Taoist utopia in the Angeles Forest whose denizens call Foucault “Country Joe”; and of course the fabled synesthetic acid trip on the multihued slopes of the Artist’s Palette at Death Valley set to the strains of Bach and Stockhausen Part search for higher consciousness part bacchanal this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.
SUMMARY Foucault in CaliforniaI wanted this to be the poststructuralist Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas But it wasn t It s kind of chatty and banal and it would have b Farout readbrPrecious time capsule brOf 1975 I earned not to impulse buy books based on an advertisement in a review of books A few trees could have been spared if this book had not been published it would not have been missed The forward by Heather Dundas and a Hungry For You late chapter where Foucault answers uestions of students at Claremont Graduate School are the only interesting parts of the book Dundas recounts how she met Simeon Wade at some diner in southern California where the Harvard graduate had become a hippie recluse Then after his death she searched through four storageockers full of papers Mini Tab Books looking for this manuscriptbr br The manuscript is Wade s account of Foucault taking a trip with Simeon and his roommate Michael to Death Valley where they dropped LSD together Most of the time spent on the trip trying to impress Foucault how erudite they are by name dropping different writers and composers and vying for his attention and affection As to theatter it becomes complicated when they meet up with their friend Davidbr br Wade writes cringing prose using overthetop adjectives and crazy similes For example while saying goodbye to Foucault at LAX Wade writes His Foucault eyes glistened with the radiance of Venus over Zabriske Point At one point Wade uotes from The Tempest about the brave new world and Foucault gives him a Mini Tab Books look of disbelief br br If anyone wants to read this book I give it to them even pay for shippingbr I thoroughly enjoyed thisittle book about Foucault in California starting with the Foreword by Heather Dundas who rescued the manuscript from oblivion In 1975 Foucault was invited by a professor at Claremont Graduate School to Fancy Pants lecture the invitation really being an excuse for the professor and hisover to hang out with their intellectual idol Over the course of the weekend the pair took Foucault to Death Valley or the Valley of Death as Foucault called it to take LSD and What S On My Farm listen to music an experience that apparently transformed Foucault Heather Dundas picks up the tale her foreword resembling one of those fictive prefaces in which a narrator explains how a mysterious manuscript came into her possessionbr br blockuoteI first heard this story in 2014 I found it frankly hard to believe that a philosopher of Foucault s standing would at age fortynine agree to experiment with psychedelic drugs with these strangers The whole episode was absurd I thought and it triggered something deeply snarky within me I hated theory I hated Foucault who seemed to embody all the privilege and arrogance of the theory movement When I heard that Foucault s host in Death Valley Simeon Wade had an unpublished manuscript describing this experience in the desert I decided to track him down I wanted to get Wade s manuscript and use it to write a satire about idiot academics in the desertblockuotebr br And from the very first page the momentum continues all the way through the recovered manuscript comical exhilarating and moving by turnsbr br I first visited California in 197374 as a student at Berkeley coming from the monotone Midwest andike so many other transplants was astonished by beauty of the Alphaprints Dot To Dot Activity Book landscape and the palpable sense ofiberation among the people I met For anyone especially anyone gay or Giraffe Is Lost lesbian during those years this book will bring back the exuberance and utopian confusion of the 70s and 80s Like Dundas I am indifferent to Foucault s books but I well remember the pleasure of first reading them Wade has given us a picture of Foucault as a completely charming generous intelligent man much engaging than the baldheaded mandarin who stares at us out of the cover of his books The concept of this book is fascinating pretentious gay fanboys stalk famous French postmodernist philsopher Michel Foucault and persuade him to take a trip with them to Death Valley to drop acid The experience changes Foucault sife Is it Stockholm Syndrome Is it fiction Who cares It s a killer idea an idea so great that it totally overcomes the B uality of the writing and of Wade s own intellectbr br It s interesting to see Foucault portrayed as a normal even selfeffacing person His accolytes outFoucault Foucault and make Foucault himself appear as the epitome of normality I suspect that this portrayal of Foucault is both true and false Part of it comes from Wade s wish to make us see Foucault as his close personal friend If Foucault was regular guy then it is believable that he would befriend a hopeless mediocrity Maze Book like Wade Part of the appeal ofiving in a hyperconnected age of information overload is the opportunity it routinely affords to happen haphazardly upon knowledge of the existence of exciting new books and in the case of Simeon Wade s boxedupwaytoolonginastoragelocker text FOUCAULT IN CALIFORNIA put out belatedly by Heyday a small publisher concerning the existence of which I had previously been completely unaware I can be thankful in the extreme that directionless online roving brought me to
Awareness Of Its Recent Incarnation By Wayof its recent incarnation by way hardcover This is the kind of book that if it appeals to you is Priddy Baby Lift The Flap likely to appeal to you very much indeed that tantalizing subtitle probably doing about 98% of the Heyday s marketing for it I know there was scant hesitation on my part I placed my order with utmost haste I acuired a graduate degree in theiberal arts early in the 21st century keen then and remaining so insofar as concerns the poststructuralist arm of continental philosophy and critical theory I certainly read a great deal of Foucault as young man He inspired me and I found him than simply useful even if I would strictly have been inclined to identify as a Deleuzian I have also Wipe Clean Vacation Time Activities long been invested in counterculture generally and though I have certainly studied milieu ranging from fin de siecle Paris to say 1920s Buenos Aires the American scene of the 60s and 70s has always been distinctly critical to me Note that I wrote my master s thesis on the events of August 1968 as reflected upon in American and Czechoslovakian cinema The subtitle of FOUCAULT IN CALIFORNIA promises us an account of Foucault dropping acid in California s Death Valley but if we open the book immediately on the inside cover we will see Foucault and our authorial guide Simeon Wade sife partner Michael Stoneman standing at Zabriskie Point apparently we will Road Trip Activities later be told well into the comedown phase of the drug experience aocation made famous in the supremely key Michelangelo Antonioni counterculture art film named for it which premiered in New York in February on 1970 just over five years before the photograph in uestion was taken You will be excused if your mind Mid Century Modern Interiors like my own is damn near blown The story of how this manuscript has arrived to us in book form is itself pretty incredible Heather Dundas the USC PhD candidate central to the story here providing an invaluable foreword having herself spent some considerable time finding it difficult in the extreme to credit Dundas had heard scuttlebutt concerning Foucault s Death Valley acid trip There was hazy mention in certain circles of Simeon Wade a onetime associate professor at Claremont College who had purportedly facilitated the expedition She tracked Simeon down in 2014 near his home in Oxnard California Dundas had originally found the whole idea of the story absurd confessing also that she had always hated theory believing Foucault et al to embody all the privilege and arrogance of the theory movement Originally she had thought of herself as engaged in research that might provide her material for a kind of withering satire on the dubious misadventures of cluelessly selfserious academicians She would go on to meet with Wade on multiple occasions over many years he always arriving unkempt and fashionablyate and to her surprise they would become genuine friends It was difficult at first to confirm most of what Wade told her It were as though his records as a professor at Claremont his first and only tenuretrack position and other California Institutions had been mysteriously expunged Wade had eventually given up on teaching going on to work for many years as a psychiatric nurse perhaps not a terribly surprising career move for a fan of R D Laing and F How Europe Made The Modern World lix Guattari Slowly but surely pieces began falling into place There was and evidence of an ongoing relationship such as a photo of Wade and Stonemanaughing with Foucault place There was and evidence of an ongoing relationship such as a photo of Wade and Stoneman aughing with Foucault a conference in 1981 in an issue of TIME magazine from November of that same year Finally after many visits over a considerable span of time and Simeon In The Lives of Michel Foucault David Macey uotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgicallyof ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD in carefully prepared doses in the desert night with delicious music and nice people’” This came to pass in when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade ostensibly to guestlecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor but in tr. Repeated grumbling speculations that it was probably in a box somewhere deep in one of his four storage units the former scholar provided Dundas with the manuscript for FOUCAULT IN CALIFORNIA It was copyrighted 1990 and Wade said that Foucault had read it and approved its publication but no publishing house would touch it too scandalous or perhaps too tainted by its connection with Wade Foucault s approval of the manuscript would Reimagining Childhood Studies later be confirmed by way of communications found in one of those storage units Friends with Simeon Wade and noonger the Sociologies Of Poetry Translation least bit interested in writing any kind ofampoon Heather Dundas became convinced that the manuscript deserved to be available and widely read setting out to see that this came to pass though Wade would never get to hold the book in his hands dying unexpectedly in his sleep in October of 2017 at the age of seventyseven Yes it s uite a story And that s just the foreword Wade s text itself begins with a bit of background Wade had studied the intellectual history of Western civilization at Harvard attaining a PhD and having had his thinking irrevocably revolutionized by encounters with Foucault s MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION THE ORDER OF THINGS and finally DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH as well as by ANTIOEDIPUS by Foucault s colleagues Gilles Deleuze and F Mixed Metaphors lix Guattari came to discard his Hegelian biases realizing that resistance to all forms of fascism was the central mandate of the times that Foucault and his circle hadaid the groundwork for finding out what we really need to know about mind and society They were articulating the ineaments of a new age that was upon us Wade goes on to rhapsodize on the subject of Foucault s exalted status in the early 1970s Foucault would be made Professor of the History of Systems of Thought at the Coll ge de France the title invented specifically for him on account of his having been In a sense the first to apply systems analysis to the history of thought We can surely comprehend how this might very much catch the interest of a young man such as Simeon Wade with his particular academic background Wade ists some of the things we might be inclined to call Foucault philosopher historian sociologist psychologist but reminds us that the Frenchman conceived of himself as a kind of journalist investigating the genealogies of current humansocietal phenomena There is of course also the man s mystiue and attendant celebrity Every Wednesday during the short term at the Coll ge de France Foucault read his Debating Genocide lecture as he sat in front of a bare tableighted by a single The Hague Conferences And International Politics 1898 1915 lamp The hall was always packed with attentive students and peers many of whom taped each session It was the same hall where Henri Bergson the famous philosopher held forth during the Proustian era As with Bergson one had to wait inine to gain admittance to the hall when Michel Foucault spoke It was always an event At this point we might benefit from backtracking ever so slightly and making a key observation If Foucault thought of himself as to a The New York Times Large Print Season S Greetings Crossword Puzzles large extent a journalist we might want to consider this alongside the fact that Simeon Wade s FOUCAULT IN CALIFORNIA presents itself far as a work of journalism than of academic exegesis The book is heavy on facts and funight on jargon Wade s voice in the text is enthusiastic and conversational We have been to a The Straightforward Guide To Safeguarding Adults large extent prepared for this as Heather Dundas has made clear already that reading the text is not at all dissimilar to having a conversation with Wade at say the Starbucks where she and he first met I sense in the text somethingike traces of the Ocd And Autism legacy if not the direct influence of New Journalism and FOUCAULT IN CALIFORNIA is aot Improving Services For Transgender And Gender Variant Youth like Tom Wolfe s THE ELECTRIC KOOLAID ACID TEST than it is a comprehensive primer on MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION or THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY with all that this implies about its general accessibility The story properly begins with Wade making overtures to Foucault from afar Hearing that Foucault is about to occupy a temporary post at Berkley Wade sets out to persuade the figurehead of the Molecular Revolution to pay a visit to the decisively conservative campus of Claremont College where Wade has only recently set up a new graduate program in European Studies intended to spread the teachings of pathbreaking continental theorists immediately fantasizing about the possibility of an experiment involving Michel Foucault The Philosopher s Stone Death Valley California Michael Stoneman imagining producing a psychedelic experience for Foucault that will open the floodgates to an intellectual power approaching the wonders of science fiction something on the order of Dr Morbius in FORBIDDEN PLANET or the Galaxy Being from the first episode of THE outerimits in one preliminary etter to LIMITS In one preliminary etter to Foucault rhapsodizes the subject of the great French avantgarde gnostic Antonin Artaud s experiences taking peyote with the Tarahumara Indians directly uoting Artaud s Singular Stars line about being suspended among the forms hoping for nothing but the wind This is the point at which Wade has perhaps overplayed his hand and Foucault does not respond to this finaletter Simeon Wade and Michael Stoneman first see Foucault in person at an event in Irvine California where the French philosopherjournalist is set to speak Wade contemplating his herocumuarry s famous bald head discerning what he believes to be several extra Arabic Contemporary Theology lobes that bulged from the apex of the brainstem and concluding somewhat flamboyantly that One did not have to be a phrenologist to recognize that an extraordinary cerebral mutation something on the order of a supermind had emerged from the outerimits This is perhaps an extreme manifestation of Wade s enthusiasm practically giddy inarguably kind of sycophantic but not exactly uncharacteristic Wade and Stoneman insinuate themselves into physical proximity with Foucault Stoneman flirtatiously compliment s the man s physiue the invitation to Death Valley is reiterated Clearly a chord has been stuck Memorial Day weekend in Death Valley is a go It is Foucault who in his faltering English keeps calling it the Valley of Death The momentous day arrives Simeon and Michael pick Foucault up at the airport bringing him first to their shared residence an airplane bungalow house which hovered above Route 66 Arabic Contemporary Theology like an irradiated riverboat floating on a cloud of mist Their view of the San Gabriel mountains is obscured on the day of Foucault s arrival The three men discourse atength in the bungalow house discussing such eminent topics as Hatha yoga Wilhelm Reich Carlos Castaneda Ivan Illich s DESCHOOLING SOCIETY Deleuze s PROUST AND SIGNS and R D Laing s KNOTS which Simeon has eft out to provoke comment Foucault accommodating him by stating that he holds it to be Laing s finest theoretical work Michael plays a tape recording of his composition HOMAGE TO MIZOGUCHI inspired by Kenji Mizoguchi the to my mind greatest of the classical Japanese cinema masters Foucault praises the composition commenting that it invokes Noh drama Then there is an ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING revelation perhaps especially to me personally my interests and prefixations being what they are Foucault just happened to be in a car right behind Godard when the great FrancoSwiss filmmaker had the utterly devastating and kind of famous motorcycle accident that very nearly killed him in 1971 In Foucault s purported words one whole side of his body was flayed This reader nearly had a brain hemorrhage As the three men set out on their journey to Death Valley energetic collouy continues Focuault talks uite amusingly about his friendships with Jean Genet and Gilles Deleuze One notes that Foucault tends to be deferential and kind when talking about other intellectuals throughout Wade s account I might have expected him to be harsh when inventorying the faults of people ike Noam Chomsky and Louis Althusser but he always tempers his criticisms with gentlemanly regard He was certainly pleased to be paid for his television debate alongside Chomsky with a giant brick of hash Foucault says he believes that THE ORDER OF THINGS is a better title than LES MOTS ET LES CHOSES Although he repeatedly says he is not especially interested in Val Wood Untitled 2 literature he does confess to thinking very highly of Malcolm Lowry and William Faulkner even reporting having gone with aover on a sort of Faulkner pilgrimage during a previous visit to the United States The three men discuss the San Francisco Bang To Rights leather scene the bathhouses and gay subculture in general In the intense desertight Foucault is provided a pair of reflector sunglasses and is told by Simeon that they make him Simon Peter lookike the son of Kojak and Elton John The philosophe. Uth to explore what he called the Valley of Death Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time; by morning he was crying and proclaiming that he knew TruthFoucault in California is Wade’s firsthand account of that ong weekend Felicitous and often humorous prose vaults readers headlong into the erudite and subversive circles of the Claremont intelligentsia parties in Wade’s bungalow int. ,