He is the Lightning, He is the Frenzy

The idea that you can somehow hack creativity by indulging in the temporary madness of inebriants is a lie. A soft correlation between excess and artistry was noted by the advertisers of poison and soon enough we all came under the spell of the somnambulant promise of the chemical muse. 
John Coltraine, a notorious heroin addict, said he did his worst writing while under the influence. William S. Burroughs wrote his best work free from the needle. Both are often cited as opiate heroes. 

There might be something to be said for having extreme experiences, but you have to return from the abyss to make something worth remembering. And honestly, no one needs another first person dope memoir. 


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