Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ten top stoners from the arts and culture

At the Guardian Tim Lewis tagged ten top stoners from the arts and entertainment. Only one poet made the list:
Charles Baudelaire

The 19th-century French poet is one of the great chroniclers of drug use and his memoir Artificial Paradises features a detailed analysis of hashish. He was a member, along with other influential Parisian authors Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo and HonorĂ© de Balzac, of Club des Hachichins (Hashish-Eaters’ Club), which met regularly between 1844 and 1849. “At first, a certain absurd, irresistible hilarity overcomes you,” he noted of their experiments. But, surprisingly, although far from strait-laced – he smoked opium and drank very heavily – Baudelaire was unconvinced by the appeal of hashish. It boosted creativity, he found, but artists risked becoming too dependent on it.
Read about another entry on the list.

Also see Sam Munson's six best stoner novels.

--Marshal Zeringue