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Book Review: 'Writing On Drugs'

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Writing On Drugs

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Sadie Plant
publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

It’s enough to give you a contact high: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde during a six-day cocaine binge; opium helped inspire Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales; speed fueled Jack Kerouac’s composition of On the Road. In the concise survey Writing On Drugs, British historian Sadie Plant chronicles drug use in literary culture, exploring authors’ addictions and the creative highs and lows inspired by everything from morphine to mescaline. Despite the pithy title, Plant doesn’t manage to stay focused on creativity under the influence: Unoriginal rehashes of the Colombian drug wars and the CIA’s experiments with LSD make this otherwise stimulating history seem a bit diluted. B

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