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The Mystique of Opium


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I] Turning On: Introduction A] Lighting Up: The Beautiful - and Dangerous B] Discovering Opium: Hippocrates Was Hip C] Follow the Money: The Opium Wars II] Tuning In: Ritual and Practice A] Inhaling or Shooting Up: Poppy Nose Best B] Opium Dens: Where Everybody Knows Your Game C] Highs and Lows: A Hip Gathering III] Dropping Out: Taboos and Fantasies A] The Exotic Appeal: From Laudanum to Laurent B] The Story of O: Cherchez la femme C] O, Sweet Death: Dying for a Fix IV] Getting Real: Opening Out On Reality A] The Poppy Trail: Repeating History B] The Pen in the Den: The Beat Goes On C] Poppy and Popcorn: Finding the O in Movie D] Traffic Jam: Drugs Were Just the Beginning

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Donald Wigal is a retired art, music and theology professor. He was an art and architecture indexer of the Academic American Encyclopedia and contributed biographical profiles of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, John Dee, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and other artists and visionaries to several encyclopedias.


"I here present you courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period... I trust that it will prove, not merely and interesting record, but, in a considerable degree, useful and instructive." -Thomas de Quincy Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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