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The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is the lyrical, unforgettable memoir of Bett Williams's relationship with psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as magic mushrooms. In pursuit of self-healing, she begins experimenting with mushrooms in solitary ceremonies by the fire. Word soon gets out about her New Mexican desert mushroom farm, though, and people arrive in droves. Not long after, the police read her her Miranda Rights, her relationships fall out of whack, and her dog Rosie just might be CIA.
On a quest to find help through the psychedelic community, Bett is led to Cleveland to meet Kai Wingo, an African American leader within a high-dose psilocybin community, and to Huautla de Jim nez, home of well-known, well-respected curandera Mar a Sabina. Back home, Bett begins a solid ritual practice with the help of her partner and friends, bearing in mind the medicine's indigenous roots and power to transform one's life.
Amidst the mainstream flood of New Age practices and products, The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is a dreamlike reminder that psilocybin mushrooms are a medicine of the people, not to be neatly packaged, marketed, or appropriated.Bett Williams brings to the table one of the best overviews of contemporary psychedelic culture in a long time. --THE EROWID REVIEW In general, this is a balm. It is the polar opposite of that Michael Pollan book. --GOSSAMER Like any good memoirist, Williams performs surgery on herself and holds up each organ for inspection...This is a book that requires you to "go with the flow," but the flow is awfully inviting. --MOLLY YOUNG, Vulture
About the Author
BETT WILLIAMS is the author of The Wild Kindness; A Psilocybin Odyssey (Dottir Press, Fall 2020), a memoir about growing mushrooms in the high desert of New Mexico. Her novel, Girl Walking Backwards (St. Martin's Press) was mentioned as one of the 10 Best Young Adult Queer Novels in Vogue magazine. Dennis Cooper said of her 2003 memoir, The Wrestling Party (Alyson Press), Fantastic. An absolute dream of a book. Bett Williams writing has brains, charisma beauty and wit. She was a featured speaker at Kai Wingo's 2015 Women and Entheogen's Conference and the Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics Conference in 2018. She and her partner, Beth Hill, host No Cures, Only Alchemy, an event series and podcast centered around psychedelics and culture making. In 2018 they received the Kindle Project Maker's Muse Award. She has written for many publications, including DoubleBlind, OUT Magazine, Flaunt, Lucid News and Lenny Letter.