Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana

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Huntington Press Inc, 2010 - Fiction - 217 pages
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Bestselling author Michael Konik (The Man with the $100,000 Breasts; Ella in Europe; The Smart Money) abstained from using, or even trying, marijuana until he was nearly 40. Then he went to Amsterdam.

No longer able to dismiss pot as an herbal evil, he began to celebrate its salutary effects. Seven years later, Konik has penned a provocative and intelligent examination of America's most politically potent plant.

Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana explores this emotionally charged subject through an innovative lens. It's an entertaining, elegant, and consistently heady study of a simple weed with the power to transform American society.

Konik's pungent prose provides a literary contact high. His vivid characters, the regular (and irregular) people from every stratum of society who make marijuana a part of their lives, blaze off the page. Reefer Gladness is nonfiction and fiction, humorous and serious, a fascinating hybrid of reality and imagination. It's a great read--whether or not you enjoy marijuana.
 

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Contents

1 The Cure
1
2 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
13
3 Strong Medicine
38
4 Personal
57
5 Delayed Gratification
81
6 On Hollywood Boulevard
93
7 The Bud Sommelier
106
8 Authors Note
114
9 Alcohol
118
10 PlaybyPlay
126
11 Pot on Film
161
12 My Great Idea
177
13 First Time
192
About the Author
215
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About the author (2010)

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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