Opium Eaters

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Opium Eaters

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toukokuu 24, 2012, 8:43 pm

Can't forget Thomas De Quincy

And Captain Willard in the deleted French plantation sequence from Apocalypse Now

syyskuu 30, 2012, 5:20 pm

Fascinating article on "How collecting Opium Antiques Turned Me Into an Opium Addict":


Found this through John Coulthart's "Feuilleton" blog, which regularly covers matters of interest to we dwellers in the abyss:


lokakuu 1, 2012, 9:23 am

Interesting - just the other night, hunkered in my swamp, sickened at the thought of alcohol, I yearned for a pipeful of opium - a romantic, De Quincey/Coleridge based yearning, to be sure.

tammikuu 11, 2013, 4:04 am

Not quite opium, but today we can celebrate the birthday of Albert Hofmann.

tammikuu 12, 2013, 3:46 pm

Happy birthday to Albert. Just the same, I would prefer opium to LSD at this stage of life.

I actually smoked the real thing a couple of times in my youth. I remember the sensation of weightlessness, as if I were floating a couple of inches off the ground. Euphoric.

tammikuu 12, 2013, 4:02 pm

Hey, guys... neat group.
Ben, i share your inkling for a lighter fix than alcohol, good weed is so much easier to take on board, and quicker, and easier. Opium, i've never tried it, but i did buy an antique opium pipe some time ago, a slippery slope maybe...?

tammikuu 12, 2013, 4:20 pm

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tammikuu 13, 2013, 2:05 pm

.... ever smoked then held a pen and wondered how to get the thoughts from brain through hand to paper ? There's a perfect little piece of writing (too lazy to check, but i think it's by vivekananda) at the front of Miller's Air Conditioned Nightmare which basically contends that for every great spirit who manages to express himself successfully there are many more, maybe greater, who never even try. Not sure what i'm getting at except maybe some of us are destined to take our greatest thoughts to the grave, and maybe that's for the best.

tammikuu 13, 2013, 4:10 pm

Where else to take them but where they might be properly assayed? Bottoms up!

tammikuu 17, 2013, 12:05 am

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Muokkaaja: syyskuu 8, 2015, 4:31 pm

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Muokkaaja: tammikuu 17, 2013, 10:25 am

Ah, the good old days...

These are the good old days to be a pot smoker. 20% THC + CBD = mucho fuerte pot. With WA and CO with legal pot, looks like the west is going to pot. Probably just a matter of time before the rest of the country follows suit.

tammikuu 17, 2013, 10:25 am

Out here, where the Inquisition is strong, were I to revert, I'd end up in a less tasteful version of the château d'Yf. So I make Italian digestifs and maybe, occasionally, denature a can of whipping cream.

tammikuu 17, 2013, 10:33 am

What happened to the walking stick?

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 23, 2013, 8:45 am

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tammikuu 17, 2013, 12:48 pm

5 - I would like to read the Hofmann/Jünger exchanges.

tammikuu 27, 2013, 12:08 am

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huhtikuu 27, 2013, 10:06 am

A more contemporary anthology on aficionados of opium derivatives ... heroin, ya dig:


toukokuu 16, 2013, 5:00 am


This seems entirely relevant/irrelevant:


toukokuu 16, 2013, 11:47 am

McCoy's classic, "The Politics of Heroin"

toukokuu 30, 2013, 1:20 pm

kesäkuu 13, 2013, 8:12 pm

Uh, gee, St. Martin's running footman, thanks for enlightening us.

I think I gotta log off and get some fresh air.

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 8, 2015, 4:29 pm

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Muokkaaja: syyskuu 8, 2015, 4:29 pm

Here are couple of useful studies on opium and literary production:

The Milk of Paradise: the Effect of Opium Visions on the Works of DeQuincey, Crabbe, Francis Thompson and Coleridge, by M. H. Abrams (out of print and available in abused paperback format via unscrupulous online vendors): the author appends 2 poems by George Crabbe, and a story by Thompson.

Opium and the Romantic Imagination: Addiction and Creativity in De Quincey, Coleridge, Baudelaire and Others, by Alethea Hayter.

Also, for fun, Jean Cocteau's Opium: The Diary of a Cure and Geza Csath's story "Opium".

syyskuu 8, 2015, 5:46 pm

I read in an article somewhere that Francis Thompson's mother gave him a copy of Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater in hopes that reading it would help him with his addiction to Laudenum, instead it sent him off the deep end.

syyskuu 8, 2015, 6:48 pm

That is terribly disconcerting as maternal meddling is typically so therapeutic :) (Where's my works, goddammit).

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