The Page of Aquarius
Much has been written about so-called “drug literature” over the years. From William S. Burroughs’ Junkie (subtle title, eh?) to Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, much ink has been spilled on writing based on intoxicating substances (even boozehounds have their patron saint of writing–he’s called Charles Bukowski). Heck, one researcher has even speculated that William Shakespeare, that giant of English literature, spent some time puffing on the pipe(!) Don’t get us wrong, we here at CULTURE do feel there’s merit to all these aforementioned titles . . . but we’ve got our favorites, tomes we feel are most relevant to our lifestyle. Thus, without further adieu, we present to you our TOP FIVE BOOKS ABOUT BUDS:
By David Jenison
HEMP & THE MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY: EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHESby Jack Herer
The book’s historical interpretations might be suspect, but its account of the government’s anti-cannabis crusade gives Uncle Sam a swift kick to the huevos. This exhaustive classic reexamines marijuana through science, commerce, religion and history and asks why the War on Drugs treats truth like a Gitmo combatant.
MARIJUANA RECONSIDEREDby Lester Grinspoon
Did someone say Harvard Medical School? That’s right, this Ivy League prof examined cannabis from a medical, social and legal viewpoint in this landmark 1971 study. Why yes, that is around the time Dubya went to Harvard. Interested in Carl Sagan’s Adventures in Pot Smoking? Check out the essay by the not-so-mysterious Mr. X.
THE BIG BOOK OF BUDS Vol. 1-4by Ed Rosenthal
Do your cannabis purchases make you feel like the Justin Bieber-buying dude at Amoeba Records? Then let the Big Book of Buds make you cool. These full-color guides describe the taste, smell, growing conditions and types of high for the world’s best smoke. It’s like CliffsNotes for growers!
THE HASHEESH EATERby Fitz Hugh Ludlow
This is the Sgt. Pepper’s of dope memoirs. Written over 150 years ago, this literary classic views life through the visionary hallucinations of hash. This book even inspired Secretary of State and Lincoln confidant John Hay to try the concentrate!
BAKED POTATOES: A Pot Smokers Guide to Film + Videoby John Hulme and Michael Wexler
Willy Wonka or Reagan’s 1984 State of the Union Address–which work of fiction is better watched baked? This guide to the couch-locked cinemaphile has the answers. Does 2001 score more pot leaves than Evil Dead II? Open the pod bay doors and find out. Just make sure to smoke one for the Gipper.
Fiends of the written word, rejoice! Sept. 6 is Read a Book Day. While obviously the result of the Simon & Schuster/Macmillan/HarperCollins/Random House industrial complex, what’s not to love about a holiday that encourages feeding your mind with ideas and information? So support literacy, grab that dog-eared copy of Fear and Loathing or The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and get lost between the pages.