See what Michael Berk's essay "Head Rush: How Drug Experiments Illumintaed Benjamin's Thinking" in Nextbook: A Gateway to Jewish Literature, Culture and Ideas featured in the May 16, 2006 edition has to say about Walter Benjamin's chemically-assisted thought experiments.


"'The most terrible drug,' Benjamin concludes, is 'ourselves, which we take in solitude.'" (Berk)

Link to Mercke site, link to pharmaceutical shops, etc.

Narcosis -- The intoxication of the flâneur -- the gambler -- the same.

Quote Le Jeu--drunk on his own pulse. . . .

Artaud "An Appeal to Youth: Intoxication-Disintoxicatoin" (late 1934) "The Peyote Dance" (1936/7)

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