The Return of Classic Rock by Kevin Gray
From Rob Ford’s startling admission to Lamar Odom’s made-for-reality-TV drama (and let’s not forget that Girls episode), it seems crack is back—and in some very high places. Yesteryear’s killer drug is now a dalliance for affluent, upwardly mobile types, some too young to recall its devastating history.
Porn Star John Snavely Murders Millionaire by Michael E. Miller
Illustration by Liam Peters
“A Porn Star, a Tortured Beauty Queen, a Dead Millionaire, and a Half-Smoked Joint”
Anthony Haden Guest did a nice interview with Richard Stratton for Standard Culture. That got me digging, and as a result you’ve got something fun to watch.
“A documentary chronicling the life of author Richard Stratton, from his early experiments with marijuana in suburban Massachusetts to his ultimate entry into the world of high volume, international hashish and marijuana trade. His involvement in the drug market, including the shipment of 7 tons of hashish from war-riddled Beirut into New York Harbor, led to his arrest and conviction to 25 years in maximum-security prison. This video, through re-enactments, stock footage, score and interview, tells the unbelievable story.”
“It’s funny for me to tell people to go to the woods for seven days to sit in silence. Guess what? You’ll find out who you are… and it’s not who you think you are.”
Three “unidentified” loaves of bread that were found in the back of a students car at Casper College in Wyoming on Monday were initially reported by the Casper Police Dept. to be laced with LSD. Sadly, after more tests were conducted on Tuesday, the loaves were found to contain no drugs at all.
That Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards
It’s been 20 years since River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 at the Viper Room, where the 23-year-old Oscar nominee drank a “speedball” of heroin and cocaine dissolved into a drink before chasing it with Valium. But leading up to that night, friends and movie colleagues saw Phoenix’s descent—the graying of his complexion, the changes in his sweetly hippie-ish disposition—and warned him about addiction. In a selection from Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, journalist Gavin Edwards traces his final days.
Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago by Jason McGahan
Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works.