- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816627118
- ISBN-13: 978-0816627110
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlike Thomas Szasz, who argues forcefully for the legalization of drugs in Our Right to Drugs (Praeger, 1992), Lenson tackles this subject by meditating on the national consumerist paradigm, the way the war on drugs closed avenues for heterogeneity, the lack of a vocabulary to describe changes in a user's consciousness, the senselessness of talking about "drugs" indiscriminately, and the differences among the users, the drugs, and the effects of psychedelics, cannabis, stimulants (cocaine, crack, amphetamines), depressants (heroin), opiates, and alcohol. He contrasts drugs of pleasure to drugs of desire and believes that "to legislate against drugs of pleasure is like legislating against music, chess, golf...." Lenson says that nothing in his professional life qualifies him to write about drugs, but his style and his literary and philosophical references would pinpoint him as an academic even if he were not identified as a University of Massachusetts professor of literature, albeit one who surveys his students' usage habits. Lenson's credentials as a user were probably the impetus for this work, but they are not much evident in the text. In the national debate and reevaluation of attitudes toward drugs, this is a different kind of contribution, one that is speculative, discursive, and visionary. For academic collections.?Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
T.A was a dutch, he wouldn't take homework late.
This book argues why drugs should be legal, except maybe heroin. I am going to read it during Christmas break.
As a well-educated professional and a former crystal meth addict, now a treatment provider, I am driven crazy by the simplistic B.S purveyed by those who claim to understand drug use. "On Drugs" is a gift to those whose thoughts and experiences don't comport with the received wisdom.
An incredible achievement. I want to hang out with David Lenson.