Our noble species has a fraught relationship with intoxicants, narcotics, stimulants and hallucinogens. We crave their mind-altering powers, but once they become woven into the fabric of our cultures, we have to either come to terms with them, or make generally futile attempts to shun them. The range of substances is breathtaking, from the completely natural – peyote, alcohol, tobacco – to the explicitly synthetic – LSD, Ecstasy and the dazzling variety of contemporary designer drugs – but what is most striking is the ubiquity of the human embrace of the possibilities of getting out of our heads. We are a junkie species.
Books about drugs are catnip to Tim, so he tracked Mike Jay to an opium den in Turnham Green, to get his fix by discussing this succinct and beautifully illustrated overview of the relationship we have had with mind-altering substances. It was an intoxicating interview.
- Mike Jay – High Society: Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture
- Armin Navabi – Why There Is No God – Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God
- Nicholas Wapshott – The Sphinx – Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II
- Toby Litt – Lifelike
- Alwyn W turner – The Last Post
- @scarthomas I tried to set up an interview for http://t.co/Dq3nApaXp9 about The Seed Collectors. It seems it fell through. Can we resurrect?, Jul 5
- On my way to interview @MikeJayNet later this afternoon. Watch http://t.co/xmb2s9XqRe for the interview soon., May 13
- http://t.co/V6EOS64VHA Why There Is No God by Armin Navabi. A good natured primer in the argument between the believers and the grownups., Apr 19
- @SalmanRushdie We would love to talk with you on http://t.co/V6EOS64VHA. My previous interview with you from LBC is on there already., Apr 18
- The Sphinx - Roosevelt and the Isolationists. New interview with Nicholas Wapshott posted at http://t.co/V6EOS6mwPE, Jan 30