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Electric Lit relies on contributions from our readers to help make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. Please support our work by becoming a member today, abour making a one-time donation here. I n literature, the addiction narrative has bookd a genre unto itself. The stories range from the absurdly surreal Hunter S. These undervalued and improperly-loved women in turn become monstrous. They awaken our anxieties both about our own pasts and about the future; we fear that they too will be bad mothers, stewards of a motherless earth strangling to death on its patriarchal noose.

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It also causes him to vomit and sleep for three hours at a time. Or both.

I had no desire to understand it—I only wanted to experience it. Going through a difficult time and want literary company?

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No writer alive captures the secrets of dark-souled men like Nick Tosches. Here is Carroll prowling New York City—playing basketball, hustling, stealing, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for abiut pure. Pick up Cha-Ching! I n literature, the addiction narrative has become a genre unto itself.

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And lots of doctors — including Henry Smith Williams and his brother, Edward, who was also a doctor — carried on prescribing drugs to addicts. › books-of-drug-fueled-escapades. They awaken our anxieties both about our own pasts and about the future; we fear that they too will be bad mothers, stewards of a motherless earth strangling to death on its patriarchal noose. Junkie by William S.

You thought you were running for the basement but abkut you were swirling through mid-air staring into the petrified eyes of a family cow which has taken flight. The beauty of literature is its ability to convey all the exciting, ugly, complicated nuances of issues like addiction, so we might reflect on the myriad ways it impacts our world. The real joy of the book is St.

Buy the ticket, take the ride … and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than aobut you had in mind, well … maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten. Not all of these books are All About Addiction.

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This thing was bound for infamy the moment it was birthed from the ethereal into our dimension. Like someone cares. Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson Via blogger. In the last few decades, however, the book have been a gleeful mixture of the two.

To start with, it is utterly ridiculous. All it ever did was make me cry. Addiction is powerful, complicated, and appears in our lives in a variety of different ways.

With this in mind, here are 24 works of required-reading drug lit for research purposes only. Each sentence of nonsense folds into the next with an urgency only a teenager could muster. It has been rewritten only so far as was necessary to conceal personalities. It has been said by some critics that the novel has an apolitical call aboyt action.

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Liebegott understands what it is to be lonely, worn out, and still digging from the dry well of hope. The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the DeadBy Timothy Leary. A horrific life — but great material. Shit, I thought.

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Buy the ticket, take the ride. Lithium for Medea by Kate Braverman Via katebraverman. Novel with Cocaine, M. Rather, it slowly submerges you into a surrealist New Narrative world of the magically real.

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The drug war was hugely contested when it was introduced. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestBy Tom Wolfe. Thompson Via blogger. It makes one wonder what unforeseen neurological damage is being caused bopks the ingestion of so much psychopharmacological innovation.

His name was Henry Smith Williams. This novel will give you the feels. These undervalued and improperly-loved women in turn become monstrous. There is no real way to prepare the reader for what to expect. They thought that it was better they get drugs from them than from a drug dealer who would sell xrugs a contaminated, shitty product that was more likely to kill them.

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We should make people who are heavy drug users and active criminals stop using when they are on probation or on parole. It was inevitability he feared.

And boredom, and mundane inertia. As our narrator, also Michelle, slips deeper into psychosis, so too does the text until everything crescendos into a wail of tectonic proportions. The first is to romanticize the situation.