Posts Tagged: drugs
And this is precisely why I was so entirely blown away by Antonia Crane’s new memoir, Spent, which chronicles her dark and twisted path through the above horrors with remarkable elegance and restraint. To be honest: it’s pretty fucking annoying how elegant and restrained the book is....more
I worked the same way with alcohol and drugs, and my whiskey elves, my beasts, never disappointed. I mean, they didn’t always write the prettiest prose — cocaine isn’t known to instill poetry — but they usually unearthed interesting images and haunting motifs.
We’ve had a busy couple weekends at the Rumpus lately, and we wanted to make sure nobody missed any of the spectacular essays and book reviews we’ve been posting.
For example, this weekend we reviewed Bradley L. Garrett’s urban-exploration treatise Explore Everything, and Thea Goodman wrote about her complex relationship with a cousin who suffered a severe burn and later overdosed....more
Suzanne Koven talks to neuroscientist Carl Hart about his recent book, High Price, and how misinformation, emotionalism, and racism have played major roles in our country’s war—and our culture’s views—on drugs....more
A bitterly violent war against Mexican Drug Cartels wages on across the U.S. border. Tens of thousands are being murdered, and over a million are being forced to flee their homes. U.S. laws and policy play a major role in the conflict’s violence.
NPR Books has a fascinating interview with Oliver Sacks on his new book Hallucinations.
An excerpt on hallucinations during migraines:
…At least on two occasions, I’ve had a smell — in particular a smell of hot buttered toast — with a strong sense that I was about 3 years old, being put in a high chair, and about to be given hot buttered toast.
With the death toll perpetually on the rise (around 3,000 deaths in 2007 to almost 20,000 in 2010), people are starting to question whether the government’s violent frontal attack on drug cartels is really accomplishing anything....more
Happy sexin’ day, everyone!
Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy points us in the direction of another person calling some sort of fiction dead....more
“In San Jose, Costa Rica, they took him prisoner, now the whole world knows how the ballad begins of Rafael Caro Quintero.”
These are the some lyrics to an older narcocorrido, a genre of ballad sung about the infamous Mexican drug cartels that have been growing in popularity since the 1970′s, according to an article over at NPR....more
Print Magazine, anticipating the legalization of pot in the US within 15 years or so, asked four design firms to come up with commercial packaging for marijuana cigarettes....more