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Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana

Huntington Press
11/1/2010

Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana Overview

Bestselling author Michael Konik (The Man With the $100,000 Breasts; Ella in Europe; The Smart Money) abstained from using, or even trying, marijuana until he was nearly 40. Then he went to Amsterdam. No longer able to dismiss pot as an herbal evil, he began to celebrate its salutary effects. Seven years later, Konik has penned a provocative and intelligent examination of America's most politically potent plant. Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana explores this emotionally charged subject through an innovative lens. It's an entertaining, elegant, and consistently heady study of a simple weed with the power to transform American society. Konik's pungent prose provide a literary contact high. His vivid characters, the regular (and irregular) people from every stratum of society who make marijuana a part of their lives, blaze off the page. Reefer Gladness is fiction and nonfiction, humorous and serious, a fascinating hybrid of reality and imagination. It's a great read--whether or not you enjoy marijuana.


Reefer Gladness: Stories, Essays, and Riffs on Marijuana Editorial Reviews

Busola Laditan

"It's something new and something stoners who love to read are going to latch on to...he doesn't stuff the book with cheesy weed stereotypes and tired anecdotes. Instead, Reefer Gladness is a refreshing look into what the world we live in is like for a pot smoker."

Mason Tvert

"Reefer Gladness is a candid and insightful portrayal of marijuana's ubiquitous and ever-expanding role in our society. It's a testimony to the benign nature of the substance and why for many it's just another part of everyday life."

Steve Bloom

"With Reefer Gladness, Michael Konik offers a fresh take on the marijuana scene. His 'First Time' chapter set in Amsterdam is classic. This late-blossoming stoner has a potent voice that demands to be heard."


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