I’m obviously not the first person to write a “drug novel” along the lines of The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl. Stephen J. Gertz’s Dope Menace does a great job of cataloging the best titles in the genre, and as Robert Schnakenberg notes in Secret Lives of Great Authors, Louisa May Alcott’s A Modern Mephisopheles and Work: A Story of Experience are based in part on her own experience with opiates. For a shorter version of Alcott’s take on the 19th century drug scene, however, you can read “Perilous Play,” a story of young lovers experimenting with forbidden fruit. The more things change, it would seem, the more they stay the same.
Marc Schuster was the author of The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl and The Grievers. He now records music under the name Zapatero.
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