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Sisters of the Extreme : Women Writing on the Drug Experience, Including Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Carrie Fisher, and Others - Michael Horowitz

Sisters of the Extreme

Women Writing on the Drug Experience, Including Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Carrie Fisher, and Others

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- An anthology of writings by some of the most influential women in history on the often misunderstood and misrepresented female drug experience.

- With great honesty, bravery, and frankness, women from diverse backgrounds write about their drug experiences.

Women have been experimenting with drugs since prehistoric times, and yet published accounts of their views on the drug experience have been relegated to either antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized stories splashed across the tabloids. The media has given us an enduring, but inaccurate, stereotype of a female drug user: passive, addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. But the selections in this anthology--penned by such famous names as Billie Holiday, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher--show us that the real experiences of women are anything but stereotypical.

"Sisters of the Extreme" provides us with writings by women from diverse occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to physician, who through their use of drugs dared cross the boundaries set by society--often doing so with the hope of expanding themselves and their vision of the world. Whether with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, these women have sought to reach, through their experimentation, other levels of consciousness. Sometimes their quests have brought unexpected rewards, other times great suffering and misfortune. But wherever their trips have left them, these women have lived courageously--if sometimes dangerously--and written about their journeys eloquently.

" An informative and engaging presentation of famous female authors who write about the drug experince." " It is amazingly complete. This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading." " This lively introduction to a relatively neglected topic is recommended for larger public and academic libraries." ? " It is amazingly complete.? This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading." " The richness of subjective materials is exquisite.? Many drug researchers tend to forget that the subjective experience is the "raison d'etre" for drug use.? Books like this one are an important counterbalance to the objective checklists of clincians.? The book contains some of the best expositions of sensory detail this reviewer has ever read." & quot; The richness of subjective materials is exquisite.? Many drug researchers tend to forget that the subjective experience is the raison d'etre for drug use.? Books like this one are an important counterbalance to the objective checklists of clincians.? The book contains some of the best expositions of sensory detail this reviewer has ever read.& quot; "It is amazingly complete.? This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading." "Sisters of the Extreme is a great collection and well worth a read, for those who like great literature and who are interested in Woman/Gender Studies." "An informative and engaging presentation of famous female authors who write about the drug experience." "It is amazingly complete. This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading." "The richness of subjective materials is exquisite. Many drug researchers tend to forget that the subjective experience is the "raison d'etre" for drug use. Books like this one are an important counterbalance to the objective checklists of clincians. The book contains some of the best expositions of sensory detail this reviewer has ever read." "This lively introduction to a relatively neglected topic is recommended for larger public and academic libraries." "It is amazingly complete.? This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading." "This lively introduction to a relatively neglected topic is recommended for larger public and academic libraries."? "An informative and engaging presentation of famous female authors who write about the drug experince." & quot; It is amazingly complete.? This book is an unfolding of layer after layer of experience. . . . a book for reference, for spiritual openings, for delight in reading.& quot; & quot; This lively introduction to a relatively neglected topic is recommended for larger public and academic libraries.& quot; ? & quot; An informative and engaging presentation of famous female authors who write about the drug experince.& quot;

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Images of Women and Drugs in Myth and Historyp. 4
Greece and Crete
The Pleiades
Mycenaean Poppy Goddess
Helen of Troy
Circe
Pythia: The Delphic Oracle
Demeter and Persephone
Sappho
Egypt
Hathor
Isis
Nefertiti
Cleopatra
Asia Minor and India
Eve
Apsarasas
Scheherazade
Houris
Europe
Alchemists
Witches
Nonwestern Cultures
Seven Sisters of Sleep
Mama Coca
Harvesting Opium
Kavakava Ceremony
Iboga Initiation
Visionary Vine
Peyote Woman
Sacred Plants of Mexico
Opium and the Victorian Imaginationp. 19
From "The Maniac"
"The Development of Genius"
"A True Dream"
From Valentine
From At Home and Abroad
"An Opium Fantasy"
From Villette
Untitled poem
"Perilous Play"
The Hookah, 1770-1885
From Twenty Years at Hull-House
From Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt
"An Opium Dream"
The Pipe and the Needle, 1880-90
"An Overdose of Hasheesh"
From A Mad Tour, Or a Journey Undertaken in an Insane Moment Through Central Europe on Foot
Patent Medicines
Coca Wine and Cocaine, 1880-1900
Expatriates and Vagabondsp. 70
"The Oblivion Seekers"
From Chicago May: Her Story
From The House of Mirth
From The Ashes of My Heart
From Movers and Shakers and Edge of Taos Desert
Hopheads, Snowbirds, and Vipers in Song
"The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band"
"Cocaine Lil"
"If You're a Viper"
White Lady
"Lunar Baedeker"
"Appalling Heart"
"Cocaine (Snow Poem)"
From The Passionate Years
From No Bed of Roses: The Diary of a Lost Soul
The War on Drugs
From Sister of the Road
From "The Big Smoke"
Mainline Ladiesp. 115
From The Lonely Trip Back
From Lady Sings the Blues
From The Fantastic Lodge: The Autobiography of a Girl Drug Addict
From Cookie
From Piaf: A Biography
From Toxique
From Gather Together In My Name
"Julia and the Bazooka"
Psychedelic Pioneersp. 151
Mazatec Magic Mushroom Ritual Chant
"I Ate the Sacred Mushrooms"
From "My Life with Gordon Wasson"
"Hashish Fudge"
From Enid Blyton: A Biography
From The Diary of Anais Nin, 1947-1955
From This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley
"LSD: Journals of an Artist's Trip"
From Myself and I
"Psychedelics and Western Religious Experience"
Beats and Hippiesp. 183
From Troia: Mexican Memoirs
From Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties
From "LSD-748"
From Memoirs of a Beatnik
"The Holidays at Millbrook--1966"
"Revolutionary Letter #39" [1969]
"Peyote Walk"
"Blues for Sister Sally"
"the pot bird story"
From "Marijuana Witchhunt"
From Talk
From Acid Temple Ball
From Trashing
"I Was Born on LSD"
"Peyote Equinox"
"The Mole People"
Underground Comics
Choosers and Abusersp. 236
From "Fast Speaking Woman"
"Billy Work Peyote"
"13 Tanka: In Praise of Smoking Dope"
From Visionary Vine: Psychedelic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon
From Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians
From Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties
From The Butterfly Convention
"Meeting Mescalito at Oak Hill Ceremony"
From Journeys into the Bright World
On Writers and Stimulants
From Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal
From Postcards from the Edge
Shaman Women at the End of the Millenniump. 265
"On Hennepin Avenue"
"The Pattern That Connects"
"Nature, She's the Law"
"Visible Language"
"The Intensive"
"The Ecstatic Rite"
"Erich and Nina in Ecstasy"
"The Key"
"The Story of a Psychedelic Socialite and Ecstatic Dancer"
"The Brain vs. the Coochie"
"Women and Pot"
"The Best Time I've Ever Had on Acid"
"Balloons"
"We put this piece of paper on our tongues"
"Telephone Talk"
"56 Reasons To Go Downtown"
"The Leaves of the Shepherdess"
"Four Score and LSD"
"To the Source"
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ISBN: 9780892817573
ISBN-10: 0892817577
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2000
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 21.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.77