STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT

I recently launched Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs in my hometown of Saskatoon. And the event took place at my favourite independent bookstore, McNally Robinson. Approximately 30 people showed up. The Q&A was full and frank. I signed a bunch of books! Thanks to McGill-Queen’s University Press and McNally Robinson. Some … More STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT

Double Down

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. PART II From Saskatoon to Glasgow The second phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in September of … More Double Down

Top 5 Books that Inspired Me

Ken Kesey and Tom Wolfe. William James and Philip K. Dick. Welsh’s Trainspotting. Burroughs’s Junky. And DeQuincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater. These are some of the authors and books that often come to mind when you bring up intoxicants in popular fiction and non-fiction. In thinking about the writing of Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs, … More Top 5 Books that Inspired Me

London Calling

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. From London to Saskatoon The first phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in 2010. It was a … More London Calling

Could the Supreme Court’s Forfeiture Ruling Help End the Drug Wars?

Originally posted on Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society:
Did the Supreme Court unanimously de-escalate the drug wars last month? The optimist in me says “yes,” and the historian in me agrees. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court ruled that the state could not seize and forfeit the plaintiff’s Land Rover…