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For a few years, I was a monthly columnist on Erowid, penning a range of missives on psychoactive-related topics. My columns were a mix of slapstick, satire, and occasionally serious explorations of how individuals and culture react to the myriad of experiences offered by psychoactives. I still write these every now and then, but the monthly-ness has long since faded; however, I'm still quite happy with the thinking that went into these. Each of these was lovingly edited by the Erowid staff, notably Spoon, who did the heavy-lifting in terms of copy-editing and structural/thematic advice, and Earth and Fire, who provided detailed feedback and very good food for thought. (Note: fictional installments of eScottology are archived in my Stories section.)

Happy Birthday
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
In which the 105th birthday of my great-aunt Erma is celebrated, along side a century-long look at the war on drugs.

He Didn't Die Of A Drug Overdose
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
In which the tragic drug-related deaths of various celebrities are pondered, and on occasion, ridiculed.

Donít Try This At Home, Vol. 2
Thursday, July 15th, 2004
In which a youthful indiscretion nearly results in a very unhappy turn of events.

Donít Try This At Home
Sunday, February 15th, 2004
In which a youthful indiscretion does, in fact, result in an unhappy turn of events.

Addicted To Everything
Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
In which my appetite for altered states of consciousness is deconstructed.

A Story I Often Tell
Friday, August 15th, 2003
In which a college-era set of intense hallucinations is recounted.

Dionysian Guilt
Thursday, July 10th, 2003
In which the transformative and recreational qualities of the psychedelic experience are weighed against each other.

A Year Without Psychedelics
Tuesday, June 10th, 2003
In which the merits of relative abstinence are considered.



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