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Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Reefer Gladness is an intriguing and tantalizing glimpse into Konik's unique view of a modern-day marijuana society. Each page is filled with raw and provocative characters that incomparably contribute to one's personal perspective of this controversial drug. ---Serra Frank, creator of Moms4Marijuana.com
Whether it's passing down and synthesizing long-held stoner mantras or recreating believable, emotionally stunted characters struggling to balance escapism and real world responsibility, Konik's short, punchy prose tackles common misconceptions of marijuana (the kind he once had before his first hit) with the likeable tone of cynicism and common sense reasoning. --Culture Magazine
About the Author
Konik’s writing has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines on every continent, including the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Sports Illustrated, and virtually every special-interest publication extant. He was the regular gambling columnist for Cigar Aficionado, where he earned the honorific Dean of the World’s Gambling Writers,” and for more than 10 years he penned the golf column for the Delta Air Lines in-flight magazine, SKY. More recently Konik has turned his hand to fiction, with Becoming Bobby, Instructions for My Funeral, Making It, and Year 14.
Top Customer Reviews
I became a fan of his over a decade ago with the Book "The Man with the $100,000 Breasts", where you were on the inside looking out in the world or gambling. Reefer brings you into the culture and understanding of marijuana even if you've never smoked in your life.
Reefer Gladness is pure chilled out fun and bought it on amazon.com as my first ebook. If you are familiar with his other Previous work "Telling Lies and Getting Paid", the first 12 chapters are a tantalizing warmup to the final extended Story of Mr. Koniks First Time in Amsterdam ...
Overall Very Highly Recommended.
In essays on the tyranny of time, the curative powers of pot, the aggression and violence triggered by alcohol ("The United States of America is one of the most violent societies on the planet. We're aggressive. We're mean. We're bullies. We're a nation of drinkers."), pot in the movies (alone worth the entire cost of the book), and more, Konik continuously and joyously makes the point that this herb, reviled by the powers that be ("that have a vested interest in keeping the masses at work and worship") and revered by freedom-loving energy-surfing time-traveling hedonists, simply makes you feel better.
So does this book, a hybrid of non-fiction and fiction that could only come from the brain of a stoner author of Konik's caliber. The short stories develop characters of all kinds -- a famous actress and her struggling-writer boyfriend, two young lovers on a bike ride on Hollywood Boulevard, a black prostitute, a well-known sports announcer, even a luscious lesbian trolling for online romance -- who have one thing in common and guess what that is.
But the real power in this book comes from the first and last chapters, when Konik strays into memoir territory, first admitting that he suffered as a youngster from the conundrum that "there would never be time for everything, because life just went too fast," thus becoming an "intensely focused goal-setter" with a "schedule fit for King of the Nerds.Read more ›
Mr. Konik never fails to deliver an intriguing read, and I look forward to his new material. A job well done!