Monday, April 19, 2010

The drugs they took

Lapham's Quarterly lists some classic works of literature and the substances that fueled them.

Folks aren't into laudanum the way they used to be. The name has a nice, ruined-gentility ring to it--as do its alternative names, opium tincture and thebaic tincture. I can't think of the last time I had a tincture of anything. It would have to be ingested while wearing lace cuffs and reclining on a fainting couch...which, come to think of it, does not preclude writing on a laptop.

(H/T the Daily Dish.)

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