A reason to swing by the bookstore after you swing by your dealer’s house

For some, today is like Christmas; for others, it is just like any other Tuesday — and they’re going to celebrate it by getting high. What is it about the 20th of April? According to its Wikipedia page, 4/20 was started in 1971 by a group of California teenagers who would meet after school at 4:20 to smoke pot by a statue of Louis Pasteur. The Daily Beast‘s article “America’s 40 Highest Cities” elaborates a little further: “April 20 is a date born out of many myths: It was police shorthand (420)  for marijuana smoking, it was the time of a daily toking ritual of a high school crew in San Rafael, California, and it was an orchestrated event by Deadheads in the early ‘90s.” It’s not quite the stuff that, say, the 4th of July or Guy Fawkes Day is made of, but I doubt that is of much concern to those who will be reveling in smoke-filled basements today.

To commemorate this “holiday,” Sam Munson has compiled a list of his favorite stoner novels. While it is (at the moment, I left a comment) devoid of works like On the Road, it does contain Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives and Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, so it is quite a bit more than just a collection of pulpy, sensationalist texts. I’m actually quite curious now about Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys and George Pelecanos’ King Suckerman, which, according to Munson, is “an early-career classic from… D.C.’s master of intelligent, real-as-can-be noir.”

As I have also been having a hard time discovering a way to wrap up this post, I’m going to steal Munson’s own closing words: “How to finish? I’m not sure. Wishing people a happy 4/20 seems juvenile, so I won’t. But the next time you hear someone extolling the virtues of weed, and your natural inclination to dismiss them as a worthless, confused hippie begins to stir, think of these books and certain others and blah blah blah blah blah, etc. You know what I mean.”

One Response to “A reason to swing by the bookstore after you swing by your dealer’s house”
  1. Kristine Brown says:

    Only you could become interested in books offered as good stoner texts and be a non-marijuana enjoying individual.

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