Food writer turned psychonaut Michael Pollan did a creditable job trying out drugs for his bestseller "How to Change Your Mind" (2018). He bumbled, he aw-shucksed, he dodged heroic doses and long-term use.
Nevertheless, he did what many a bucket lister wished they could: He tried out psychedelics and wrote about it in an engaging way. Who could forget him being smeared like butter on the landscape of his mind while on psilocybin? Or his rocket ride to nowhere on toad (DMT)? Pollan, the Berkeley boffin who specialized in the food industrial complex in books such as "The Botany of Desire", "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Cooked", reached new heights when he verbalized his drug experiences for the reader.
In 2022, if your grandma's on Instagram looking for 'shrooms, she's probably been Pollaned. And just in case they didn't pick up the book, a four-part (LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, mescaline) Netflix series based on "How To Change Your Mind" dropped on July 12, 2022.
Pollan is in Portland Wednesday July 27 to talk about his latest book "This Is Your Mind on Plants" (Penguin Press, 2021). The $28 event ticket includes a copy of the paperback. He will be in conversation with the Swiss Army Knife of interviewers, Dave Miller of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
If you're libertarian-curious but wary of guns and taxes, drug policy is a good place to start. The writer has done plenty to assist those who fought on the right side of the war on drugs, and he will get a warm welcome in Portland, epicenter of Measure 109, which saw Oregonians vote to legalize supervised, therapeutic psilocybin use starting in 2023.
In "This Is Your Mind on Plants" the author examines three plant drugs — opium, caffeine, and mescaline — and society's inconsistent attitudes toward them. Pollan always champions those who "seek these shifts in consciousness," while remaining plain spoken and approachable. Pre-pandemic he played the Keller Auditorium and was a big hit. This show will be smaller and more focused. Two bald guys talking makes it sound like the Joe Rogan Experience, but this is a must-see event.
Even though COVID-19 is pooping off, the Newmark Theater won't be checking vaccination status or requiring masks. You only live once.
Michael Pollan in conversation with Dave Miller
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2022
WHERE: Newmark Theater
PRICE: $28 (includes book)
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