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John Strausbaugh covered downtown Manhattan history and culture as a writer and editor for the weekly New York Press from 1988 through 2002. For the New York Times he wrote and hosted the "Weekend Explorer" series of articles, videos, and podcasts on New York City history. He has also written for the Washington Post, NPR, and PBS. His previous books include E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith, Rock 'Til You Drop, and Black Like You. A former resident of Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and Hell's Kitchen, he now lives in Brooklyn Heights.

William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"--which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blast Books; First Edition edition (January 13, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922233055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922233052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compilation of selections for those interested in drug use by
historical figures. Features Anais Nin dropping acid, Sigmund
Freud on cocaine, Mark Twain nearly becoming a coca trader, as
well as the usual suspects (Hofmann, Baudelaire, Huxley,
Ludlow) and others.
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A documentary anthology focusing almost exclusively on writings by and about people using drugs before the 1960s -- before, as one of its editors states, "the modern era of drug use and drug hysteria." The sources collected within are excerpted from some of the more usual suspects, like Jean Cocteau, Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Baudelaire, but there are also a few surprises (for example, Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud). The reader will come away with a newfound understanding of how unoriginal much of our present dialogue over similar issues actually is.
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This mesmerizing collection of essays shows a wide range of ideas concerning drug use at a time when most drugs were still legal. The foreword is by William S. Burroughs, with an introduction by John Strausbaugh. Essays include examples by Jean Cocteau, Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, Baudelaire, Anais Nin, and, believe it or not, Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud!
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