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Reefer Gladness is a book that everyone can relate to. It is smart, funny, and honest, and appeals to readers of a wide demographic. [Konik] finds and shares the simple pleasures of partaking in our favorite substance. --Nug Magazine, November 2010

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

A former professional sports gambler and gaming columnist, Michael Konik has served as expert commentator on more than 100 televised poker broadcasts and penned several highly acclaimed books on gambling, including Telling Lies and Getting Paid, The Smart Money, and one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Five Best Gambling Books of All Time” — The Man With the $100,000 Breasts.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935396404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935396406
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,785,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marijuana is demonized for some, and a saint for others. "Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana" is a collection of memoirs from Michael Konik as he becomes enlightened on the truth behind marijuana - that it isn't the greatest evil the plague mankind and it has plenty of good use. Thoughtful and persuasive, Konik's style is sure to make the choir and skeptics alike on the issue gain a new thought and intrigue along with it. "Reefer Gladness" is a choice and solidly recommended read, not to be missed.
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Konik's style is that of a pure storyteller. No matter the genre, he has the ability to force you to understand his viewpoint and take you for a ride.

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.
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Reefer Gladness is the perfect title for this exuberant, ebullient, outright opulent ode to bud. For such a humble down-to-earth weed, marijuana sure does put one's head in the clouds. And, as author Michael Konik asks over and over again, what could possibly be wrong with that?

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.
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An interesting book written by a skilled author, who deals with a controversial topic with flair and humor. Marijuana shouldn't be controversial however, not when a new study proved that alcohol was more harmful than heroin!! As for weed, it's a cool, fun high...just like the sensation felt reading Mr. Konik's book.

Mr. Konik never fails to deliver an intriguing read, and I look forward to his new material. A job well done!
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Amazing! I'd elaborate but I have a bowl to smoke and some cookies to eat.
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