The Author’s Hypnagogic Wakeup

High drama in Head Trip chapter one: I spend time in a Montreal Sleep Lab falling asleep. The tension for the reader is obviously unbearable: what will Jeff’s sleep onset experiences reveal about the true character of the hypnagogic? Where exactly do these hypnagogic images come from, and is there any logic to their appearance? Are they a species of dream, and if so, do they appear suddenly, as fully developed dramas, or do they evolve more gradually, as part of some furtive and mysterious psychic progression? Most people can’t bear the dramatic tension. Tears streaming down their face, they flip helplessly to the end of the chapter, where all is revealed, and – with a little sigh of release – their egos melt into a puddle of maple syrup.

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