Writing on Drugs
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Writing on Drugs

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Through a series of close, fascinating examinations of writing on drugs via, among others, Coleridge on opium, Freud on cocaine, Michaux on mescaline, and Burroughs on all of them, Writing on Drugs combines literary criticism with both socio-cultural history and pharmacological science to show how and why drugs have so thoroughly invaded modernity in ways precise and vario...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Picador (first published 1999)
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Gillian Holmes
Reading this book is not as fun as doing what this book is about, but the writing is definitely more coherent.
I almost gave it four stars because there are some moments where it gets too speculative but then I gave it five because whenever I see the spine of this book on my shelf I get nostalgic. I came across it, misplaced, under the "Writing/Grammar" section of my library as a teenager while taking college-level classes in high school. It gave me such a contact high reading how drugs have/could have shaped our society in really subtle but profound ways, to the point where I realize if I'm going to try...more
As per the title, Plant is writing about drugs, and about how others have written about them and/or on them. It's a big maze in which she sometimes gets lost -- partly because the subject and the author's verbal skill are both temptations toward an excess of style -- but the central image of opium & co. as a dragon romping through the world and shaping our history is hard to resist. The obligatory section on Coleridge and De Quincey goes beyond psychological and literary analysis, to the que...more
Catherine Cocker
excellent book about the historical and psychological context of drugs in the western world. Poetic and easy to read with loads of interesting facts. i have read it a few times.
One of my favorite books on drugs. All you need to know of anecdotes; Robert Louis Stevenson doing cocaine while writing Dr. Jekyll and mister Hyde? mmm, or Sigmund Freud maybe experimenting with cocaine before he came to realize that people could actually die of an overdose (a friend of his unfortunately did). Great book.One of my favorites on the subject.
I don't think this is the book type for me...I did find out a lot of interesting information, but I guess I'm just not the drugs and politics type...haha. Though if you are interested in reading about any of these two topics, I'd recommend this book :D
Read it Hev! I saw it in a shop the other day and thought of you, she studied Philosophy at Manchester :)
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She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Manchester in 1989, then taught at the University of Birmingham's Department of Cultural Studies (formerly the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies) before going on to found the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at the University of Warwick, where she was a faculty member. Her original research was on the Situationist International, and...more
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