"In Stoned Again, Mike Sager refers to himself as a "drugs correspondent," but that's legitimately humble smoke that belies what's really going on here. While there's plenty of weed, heroin, ‘shrooms, and crack (not to mention plenty of Ricky James, bitch) in these pages, what is most evident on every page is the remarkable reporting, empathy, craftsmanship, and storytelling that have rightly placed Mike Sager among the journalistic legends of our time." --Maximillian Potter, author, Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine From the brutal days and nights of life inside a crack gang in Los Angeles, to the artistic miseries of young heroin addicts on the ultra-hip lower east side of New York; from the Sonoran desert where Carlos Castaneda made his earliest shamanic discoveries, to the cell at Folsom Prison where the author first encountered the King of Funk, Rick James, to the modest headquarters of the Church of Realized Fantasies, where the Pope of Pot presided over the first highly organized marijuana delivery service, Stoned Again: The High Times and Strange Life of a Drugs Reporter takes you to places you didn’t necessarily want to go on your own. But with Sager as your guide, you can’t wait to head to the next destination. Sager has been called “the Beat poet of American journalism, that rare reporter who can make literature out of shabby reality.” Nowhere is that skill more in evidence than when he writes about the seamier sides of life. Kirkus Reviews called him “Virgil in the modern American inferno.” "Mike Sager is a journalistic icon and a literary force. A whole generation of writers has been shaped and guided by his work. This is a seminal collection by a master of the form." --Wil S. Hylton, author, Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
A man (or a woman) on a mission to score drugs is never a tourist, and neither is one who is passing a pipe.
9// When Should a Man Stop Smoking Weed?
17 // Dab Artists
The craftsmen at the front (and illegal) edge of the marijuana-concentrate boom.
35 // The Rise and Fall of a Super Freak
Rick James, the King of Funk, was one of the biggest names in the music industry-until he discovered freebase cocaine. An interview at Folsom Prison leads to a friendship with the author that lasts until James' death in 2004.
59 // Generation H
At 28, Mark is bored with the whole poseur scene in the funky East Village of New York City. Only his ten-bag-a-day heroin habit is keeping life interesting.
77 // The Teachings of Don Carlos
Some say he was a breakthrough academic and a visionary shaman. Others say he was a sham. The mysterious life and impeccable death of Carlos Castaneda.
137 // Death in Venice
Life inside an LA crack gang.
155 // The High Life and Strange Times of the Pope of Pot
Meet the pioneer of pot delivery services, Mickey the Pope and his faithful followers at the Church of Realized Fantasies. Too bad the cops didn't think he was so amusing.
175 // The Real Rick Ross is Not a Rapper
Freeway Rick Ross didn't invent crack. But he probably did more than anyone else to cause its spread.
197 // Smoking: A Love Story
Cigarettes were my habit, my hobby, my love, my constant companion from birth. But cigarettes were slowly killing me. A smoker with long established habit says goodbye to his accursed legal drug of choice.
210 // Sources
211 // About the Author
212 // About the Publisher