Confessions of a Dope Dealer

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Ronin Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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For years, author Sheldon Norberg dealt drugs in the pot hills of Northern California. A scholarship-winning student, he dropped out of UCLA in favor of the overpowering lure of the Grateful Dead and counterculture living. Soon Norberg was making deals and doing drugs all the way from Humboldt to Berkeley. Confessions of a Dope Dealer provides an eye-opening, no-holds-barred account of Sheldon's life, but it also provides much more. It's a story of how one man's quest for transcendence blinded him to what he really needed: simple human acceptance. As Sheldon grows, he comes to see himself and his drug-addled life in new ways; this in turn allows him to analyze the cultural myths and values that surround drugs in America, producing a provocative memoir with a take on drugs like none other.

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Author, Sheldon Norberg, Alameda, CA, USA

Author, publisher, performer, producer, clairvoyant consultant, energy worker, CNT practitioner, educator, lecturer, hypnotherapist, consciousness explorer, dope dealer Sheldon Norberg is not your average guy. With a BA in Psycho-Spiritual Healing from San Francisco State University, a Masters in Intuition Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine‚, a 700-hour massage certification in Chinese Organ Massage, and training in Grof Holotropic Breathwork and Metzner Alchemical Divination, few people are as well qualified to put their lives in perspective, and fewer still have led lives that tell so much. His lifelong interest in the mind and metaphysics got an early jumpstart when (as portrayed in his show) he began Transcendental Meditation at the age of ten. Being an American, however, he found his study of the mind influenced by the burgeoning drug culture of the ‘70s.

As a performer, Sheldon’s first outing was in second grade, reading A Poem, by Henry Gibson, at his school talent show. Several years of school productions later, he became a champion high school debater and speaker, and despite almost daily pot smoking qualified for the California State Tournament every year. He began his professional career in 1988, playing Dick Kramer in "Dick Dines Out." He then co-founded the Underworld Opera Company, worked as its Managing Director, and played major roles in all their productions from ’90 -‘93, to favorable review. He also worked with Gay White and Leigh Evans, playing "The Pope" and "All the men in the world" in their piece "The Egg Dance." Returning to academia in the mid ‘90s (also portrayed in his show, Sheldon dropped out of UCLA in 1982) he competed in numerous events at the American Forensics Association’s national tournament in 95 and 96. Since then his work in the classroom and as a lecturer has been the majority of his public speaking, although he has done a variety of smaller public performances and radio broadcasts.

As a member of the Harm Reduction community, Sheldon is working to help create a balanced, informed discussion of the potentials and pitfalls of drug use, and particularly what can be done to increase the safety of their use, in that 100 years of criminalization have only increased the variety and availability of drugs to youngsters everywhere.


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