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How to grow psychedelic mushrooms…

“How to grow psychedelic mushrooms” is an excerpt about growing magic mushrooms from my first book, Down and Out in California.  I am beginning to worry about the smell of the mushrooms under my bed.  I learn to grow mushrooms the way everyone does these days, from The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide, a document I download Read More

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Crush (Part 3 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes and cleaning wine vats for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. This is part 3 of 3. Read Part 1 of Crush Read Part 2 of Crush The next day after I clean the augur of doom they show me slightly more respect Read More

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Crush (Part 2 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. Here is Part 1 of Crush Here is Part 3 of Crush Part 2: Finally, there are grapes, but just for a day. I learn to hook the giant metal bins of grapes from the truck Read More

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Drugs Liquor

Crush (Part 1 of 3): Working Crush at a Winery

“Crush” is an excerpt about crushing wine grapes and cleaning wine vats for a winery from my first book, Down and Out in California. This is part 1 of 3. Read Part 2 of Crush Read Part 3 of Crush I’m drunk when I apply for the job. It’s the last time I ever get wine Read More

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Latin America Travel Taboo

Secrets Huatulco Resorts

What to do when a couchsurfing experience goes awry? How about one night at an all-inclusive, adults-only resort. I grew up in the era of Club Med, which sounded exotic and fun, but was likely not something I would have enjoyed if I was an adult at the time. As a child I didn’t have Read More

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Lovers USAmerican Lovers Sex

Wholesome Clark Withholding Sex

He is handsome and wholesome, and is withholding sex. He waits. Isn’t ready. Wholesome Clark needs to be comfortable. His denial gets me so hot.  We go on chaste dates. Hold hands while walking by the lake. At dinner with his brother and girlfriend, he’ll play footsie with me under the table. Always innocent, never Read More

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San Pedro

“San Pedro” is an excerpt from my first book, Down and Out in California. It’s four in the morning on Hollywood Boulevard. I’m carrying three knives: a serrated bread knife, a meat cleaver, and a small, sharp kitchen knife. I’ve sloppily wrapped these and a roll of duct tape in a couple issues of the Los Read More

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Travel Drugs

Stimulating Chaw: Coca, Khat, Betel

I’ll start with the obvious omission: tobacco. Of all the world’s leaves that one can chew for stimulating effect, this one is the most aggrandized. Even if no tobacco grows in our country, we’ve still likely seen some Hollywood images of someone vile spitting the juice from tobacco chewing. Usually in the Wild West. Usually Read More