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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Just about everyone has war stories about past boozy excesses. But Paul Krassner's new collection of intoxicant anecdotes, Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy, goes way beyond youthful tales. The book's list of authors includes the usual suspects -- Terence McKenna, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs -- as well as more unexpected choices like Ram Dass, Robert Anton Wilson, and John Lennon. What's really mind-boggling about the stories is the creativity and breadth of their authors' chosen substances, which run the gamut from garden-variety dope to more exotic drugs like belladonna, ketamine, and, of course, the psychedelic slime secreted by pissed-off Sonoran desert toads. Play new tricks on your mind as Krassner reads from his work starting at 7 p.m. at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), S.F. Admission is free; call 362-8193 or visit www.citylights.com.


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