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Monday, June 6, 2011

The Six Most Literary Drugs

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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The people who think writers are simply gifted at wielding words are the same people who think the Beatles were sober when they dreamed up the concept for Sergeant Pepper.

So we're gonna let those folks in on a little secret: Drugs have historically inspired most writers or at least given them momentary reprieve from their inner turmoil. Here's our guide to the six most literary drugs -- what they'll do to you, what you'll write while wasted on 'em, and what books to read while blasted.

And before any of you 420-friendly folks manage to put down the bong and complain that we didn't include weed, we'll just say: We included only real drugs. If no one has ever driven a car off a cliff while on the substance, we don't think it counts. Calling weed a real drug is like calling rice cakes real food.

Booze

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Find us a writer who doesn't love to drink and we'll will say that you haven't found a writer at all, but a mere human who arranges words into sentences. From James Joyce's bar brawls and Ernest Hemingway's mojito truth serum to modern-day poet Mary Karr claiming to have cured her alcoholism with Catholicism, the wasted writer swilling whiskey at the back of the bar has become a ubiquitous symbol of the artist's tortured, solitary life. And no one did it better than Charles Bukowski. A German-American poet, novelist, and short-story writer who somewhat miraculously lived to 73, Bukowski and his alcohol-fueled hookups with fast women in seedy Los Angeles motels became immortalized in the pages of his many books. And we're pretty sure his liver was a worthy sacrifice for lines such as, "Her dress fit so tight it almost split at the seams. Too many chocolate malts. And she was on heels so high they looked like little stilts. She walked like a drunken cripple, staggering around the room. A glorious dizziness of flesh."

What you'll write on booze:

Angry "poetry" about your ex scrawled on the back of a receipt.

What to read on booze:

Love Is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

UP NEXT: Get your dopamine flowing with Bolivian marching powder.

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