Born from a tide of darker themes, the poems of Aimee Lee and Colin Ingram emerge in a 21st century cataclysm of cultural distrust and revelations, representing varied tones of disturbed, forcible... More > and subversive narratives, amongst a backdrop of opium-cracked surrealistic viewpoints and struggling consciences.
This book represents fresh, challenging, psychological journeys through lost denizens of night-time alleyways and forbidden shadows; the weight of the mind exposed to the coercions of an ever changing world.
The metaphors themselves elucidate through a rich palette of dreamscapes and conceived torments, of consummations and the shifting transition in an age of a cybernetic overwhelmed society; the rapid shift in technological advancement and lost values: identity, ethnicity, morals and the natural world, and make fresh the perpetual themes of love, fear, abandonment, addictions and of all things, hope.
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This is the authoritative and definitive collection of the poetic-analog explosions of nissa_ami_kato, sometimes known under my nickname of Nissa Annakindt; or, for those of a certain... More > (older-than-dirt) age, that weird girl from German class. Author blog: http://linalamont.blogspot.com< Less
This is the first, the essential step. Not the building up. Not the tearing down, apart. But the recognition that our situation is and must be precarious, and the acceptance that we had better be... More > careful. And having said this, not too clearly, everything else that I have said is changed. Before going on, I need to go back, to revisit the themes already blocked out, indicated, because the words now must mean something a little different. They are provisional, open to scrutiny, potentially dangerous, as are all words.
So come back with me to wherever it was, somewhere near the beginning, and help me decide what is sense and what is nonsense.< Less
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey, about his laudanum (opium and alcohol) addiction and its effect on his life. The Confessions was the... More > first major work De Quincey published and the one which won him fame almost overnight. First published anonymously in September and October 1821 in the London Magazine, the Confessions was released in book form in 1822. This is work is a reproduction of the 1823 edition. De Quincey's account is organized into two parts: Part I begins with a notice "To the Reader," to establish the narrative frame. It is followed by the substance of Part I, Preliminary Confessions, devoted to the author's childhood and youth. Part II is split into several sections: A relatively brief introduction, followed by The Pleasures of Opium; Introduction to the Pains of Opium; and The Pains of Opium. Another "Notice to the Reader" attempts to clarify the chronology of the whole.< Less
Thomas De Quincy's autobiographical tract Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) is an account, you might have guessed, of the author's struggles and glories with opium. Though he was a... More > brilliant and well educated young man, De Quincy - who had left school and was ashamed to ask for help - entered a period of near-homelessness in the dank London streets. This period of destitution resulted in chronic stomach pains, for which he began to take a tincture of opium, or Laudanum, to combat the pain. These Confessions are the result of a decades-long battle with addiction to the drug, divided into two parts: The Pleasures of Opium, and The Pains of Opium.< Less
The opium of the people. In the case of THIS odd species, opium comes in two flavors: the need to keep everything the same; and the need to change everything, especially themselves. At least they... More > have the intelligence, some few of them, to IMAGINE something a little more 'meaningful', a word they use a lot. Can they DO such a thing? My money is on "NO".< Less
THOMAS DE QUINCEY
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Thomas de Quincey, scholar, essayist, critic, opium-eater, was born at Manchester on August 15, 1785. A singularly sensitive and imaginative... More > boy, De Quincey rapidly became a brilliant scholar, and at fifteen years of age could speak Greek so fluently as to be able, as one of his masters said, "to harangue an Athenian mob." He wished to go early to Oxford, but his guardians objecting, he ran away at the age of seventeen, and, after wandering in Wales, found his way to London, where he suffered privations that injured his health. The first instalment of his "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" appeared in the "London Magazine" for September 1821. It attracted universal attention both by its subject-matter and style. De Quincey settled in Edinburgh, where most of his literary work was done, and where he died, on December 8, 1859.< Less
Is this where it all started? (Actually, no. This was born on a plane, in a notebook, How can we as a species change our way of doing things in some CONSTRUCTIVE way? The start of it all was... More > elsewhere, somewhere deep in the cognitive mycelium; waiting for its opportunity to shine ... )< Less
A collection of infamous classics of drug literature: short stories, journalism, medical reports, poetry, visions, with vintage 19th century illustrations (prints, photos, postcards...), capturing... More > the heady essence of Victorian drug culture. From the Romantic opium-eaters, to the Bohemian hashish fanatics, intrinsically linked to the art and literature of the era. Narcotics, opium dens, bhang, cannabis, hasheesh eaters, water pipes, hallucinogens and hallucinations, dreamy afternoons and hedonistic nights of absinthe, reefer cigarettes and sex. Entertaining, often erotic... dare we say addictive?
Authors including Aleister Crowley, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Richard Burton, de Quincey, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Bayard Taylor, Baudelaire, Dickens, and Louisa May Alcott! 224 pages of giddy entertainment - revised and improved edition, Feb 2008!< Less