If you do read and are a little interested in the creators of the collection of words that land up on paper for you to read you might be a little surprised of these dudes.
Stephen King – Coke hoe.
Allen Ginsberg – Nitrous oxide and marijuana to get into an exhaled state and later with Ken Kesey with acid (beat generation-duh)
Aleister Crowley – ahem… heroin, morphine, mescaline, marijuana, cocaine, ether, and opium, many of which were used for “magickal” purposes.
Norman Mailer – Alcoholism and cocktails of drugs. He was a real rocker, famous for his writing and his wild lifestyle. He went through 6 wives one of whom he stabbed.
John Keats – Opium.
William S Burroughs – This quote sums up his experiences pretty succinctly: “I have smoked junk, eaten it, sniffed it, injected it in vein-skin-muscle, inserted it in rectal suppositories. The needle is not important. Whether you sniff, it smoke it, eat it, or shove it up your ass, the result is the same.”
Philip K Dick – Amphetamine: everything from crystal meth to dextroamphetamine
Now one might wonder why the hell is a book store talking about authors that were consumers of substances, but above all creators of wonderful treasures which we are still enjoying long after they have past.
Coming a little closer to home, when in doubt read. If you are considering consuming anything, do not make the mistake of trying it out of peer pressure coz you want to be cool. Read up a little about what you are planing on doing, be informed about the risks and the pleasure that your choice of chemical is going to provide.
Where do you start?
We have done a bit of digging and have come up with these babies.
Out of it: A cultural history of intoxication by Stuart Walton,
This is a thorough examination of intoxicants starting from “regular-oh-so-socially-accepted-drugs” like alcohol, caffeine and tobacco to the higher level of opiates, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. Get a couple of interesting history lessons from the Greeks to Romans to the holier than thou Victorians whose repression used to be lifted by….getting fucked up. An interesting perspective which is missed on most books on consumption elucidates why all these substances are not gonna leave in a hurry.
The Pursuit of Oblivion: A social history of drugs by Richard Davenport-Hines.
This is more of a historical tome, tracing the uses and abuses of narcotics, the metamorphosis of untested medicines to sources of pleasure and now bad-ass-illegal-substances. The historical context of drugs during the industrial revolution, the current trade volume of substances which is quite close to the oil industry. He also goes on to show how things are not going to change in a hurry regardless of the governments stance for or against substances.
Martin Booth – Cannabis: a history – Ah sweet Mary Jane’s tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment, political bullshit, law enforcement, smugglers, pushers, gangs, writers, artists, musicians. The process of it becoming outlawed thanks to a flawed view, the effect of such legislation on the global economy. Current change in US govt policy has not been reflected as this book has been around for a bit.
Substances, read about it before you consume it.