Substance Abuse Six Pack - Six Addiction Classics: Kubla Khan, Confessions of an English-Opium Eater, Tobacco and Alcohol, The Opium Habit, My Lady Nicotine and a Mark Twain speec
“Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice. And she said, 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.’”- Hotel California. Intoxication has long been a questionable source of creativity for vice-loving artists, from hasheesh-smoking cave painters, mushroom-munching monks illuminating Medieval manuscripts with their hallucinatory visions, the narcotic memoirs of William S. Burroughs, the booze-fueled work of Hemingway to the anything goes spirit of post-World War II literature and beyond when it became more unusual for an artist to declare sobriety over addiction. But it wasn’t until the early 1800s that authors began to write explicitly about their illicit vices. Thomas De Quincey kicked off the new dark sub-genre of substance abuse and recovery literature with his autobiographical Confessions of an English Opium-Eater which he first published anonymously in a ...