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    Books about drugs..

    I would love to have some suggestions on reading for either:
    1. books about people on drugs
    2. books written by people on drugs
    or etc..

    I am reading Scar Tissue by Anthony Keidis, and I find it fascinating to read about the drug aspect to his life.

    So, I want to progress with this theme. Any suggestions?

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    Burrough's Naked Lunch is quite influenced by his experiences on drugs.

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    And "Junky" by the same author
    Through the darkness of future past
    the magician longs to see
    one chance out between two worlds
    'Fire walk with me.'


    Twin Peaks

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    Hi I remember reading many years ago a book called "Christiana F" its about a young girl in Germanys struggle with heroin addiction.
    think it was made into a very hard hitting film indeed. Hope that helps you cant think of anymore unless you class Sherlock Holmes as a drug addict, but he was
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    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater – Thomas De Quincy
    Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby Jr.
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
    A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
    Revolt of the Cockroach People - Oscar Zeta Acosta

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    The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a classic.

    Kerouac mentions drugs quite a bit (as well as being quite fried) so you might try On the Road.

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    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. A lot about addiction and AA.

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    Carlos Castenada wrote books about peyote and a native shaman. They werer presented as autobiographical, but there has been some doubt thrown on this.

    Aldous Huxley wrote about drugs in The Doors of Perception.

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    Wowwee, thanks!

    My list of books to read has increased dramatically.

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    I know when I was into drugs I would always read books like Scar Tissue just for the drugs, if I couldn't get any at that point and was craving. Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx is alright if you are into the rock star bios. Slash has a book too. I'm not sure if I'd read these for their literary value (which probably isn't as high as the Kiedis book), but they have plenty of coke and heroin in them, which is what I was itchin' for.

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    Try Orlando by Woolf, it's about the drug called reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by mal4mac View Post
    Try Orlando by Woolf, it's about the drug called reading
    I read this one.... but I think that it is mediocre... pity

    But I would go in for Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh, if you have no problems with reading Scottish dialect...
    Stop asking where is God and keep asking where the hell is human!

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    I liked Orlando a lot, not my favorite piece by Woolf, but up there!

    check out The Recognitions by William Gaddis, though it's not totally about drug use, it touches upon it. Plus it's a great piece of 20th century prose.
    If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
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    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater – Thomas De Quincy


    CLASSIC!!!
    “... by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord ... I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so.”

    --- Adolf Hitler

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    Back in the 60s Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets were extremely popular for its vivid portrayal of life in a NYC ghetto and the horror of drug addiction. It's been largely forgotten in recent years.
    “... by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord ... I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so.”

    --- Adolf Hitler

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