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The Hashish Eater

Page history last edited by PBworks 11 years, 8 months ago

I find it funny that Ludlow's first experience with cannibus is in pill form. He claims that he's inducing the drug for pure experimentation, yet seems to swallow stuff with the reckless eagerness of your everyday common dope-fiend. He would have perhaps saved some time by rolling a spliff. The initial impact of the substance on Ludlow is pretty profound. As an awareness of the infinitutude of all planes of space hits our protagonist, his consciousness of time undergoes an intense shift. Ludlow says that he is posed with a question, which gives the drug induced experience an aire that an almost supernatural force has interreputed the flow of "regular" reality, and has brought all awareness to Ludlow in a very sudden, intense way. It reminds me of Nietszche's story of the eternal reccurence.

A part of me finds it hard to read "The Hasheesh Eater" with genuine interest, because Ludlow's mind-altering experience with cannibus almost seems obvious and typical. Of course this is because I've been forced to sit through countless pages of stoner-memoirs in creative writing classes, and have most likely submitted by share of such self-indulgent rubbish. I must remember though, that Ludlow is a pioneer. I do appreciate how the story relates to Burroughes, in that an ulterior mode of perception is attained in order to see through the arbitrary and assigned definitions of life in a structured society. But what I'm more interested in is how that transendence is attained apart from substance.

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