The Trip of a Lifetime

In the context of some recent reads on psychedelic drugs, Laura Miller looks at Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In it, Pollan says that drugs such as psilocybin and LSD got a bad rap after some flawed scientific experimentation and images of burned-out, ’60s counter-culture hippies soured Americans on exploring the medical benefits these drugs might offer, suggesting that their mind-altering abilities might help free us from cognitive patterns that are holding us back.

Source: Slate
Published: May 14, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,320 words)

Someday Never Comes

On Marie Kondo and our own mortality.

Source: Slate
Published: Jan 3, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,624 words)

Just Write It! A Fantasy Author and His Impatient Fans

George R. R. Martin has now sold more than fifteen million books worldwide, and his readership will likely multiply exponentially after the launch, this month, of “Game of Thrones,” a lavish HBO series based on “A Song of Ice and Fire.” He is committed to nurturing his audience, no matter how vast it gets. “It behooves a writer to be good to his fans,” he says. Still, a close relationship with one’s audience has its drawbacks. As Martin puts it, “The more readers you have, the harder it is to keep up, and then you can’t get any writing done.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 13, 2011
Length: 21 minutes (5,316 words)

Why we say yes to drugs

Resistance to mind-altering substances is futile, according to a new “Secret History of Getting High in America”

Source: Salon
Published: Jul 20, 2009
Length: 7 minutes (1,891 words)

White male seeking sexy Asian women

What is the deal with Western men’s erotic obsession with the East?

Source: Salon
Published: Jun 16, 2009
Length: 12 minutes (3,030 words)