Writing on Drugs

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999 - Social Science - 294 pages
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Narcotics, stimulants, & hallucinogens: these drugs have been integral to the cultural life of the modern world. They have shaped some of the era's most fundamental philosophies & provided much of its economic wealth. They have even exposed the neurochemistry of the human brain, which, like its cultures, has never been drug-free. Through examinations of writing on drugs via, among others, Coleridge on opium, Freud on cocaine, Michaux on mescaline, & Burroughs on all of them, Writing on Drugs explores this most profound & pervasive influence on contemporary culture.

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User Review  - Catherine Cocker - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Velda - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Sadie Plant is the author, most recently, of "Zeros + Ones," She has been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. She lives in Birmingham, England.

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