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Walter Benjamin's writings on drugs, just published in a new translation, suggest the possibilities--and limits--of intoxication

German literary critic Walter Benjamin in 1929.
German literary critic Walter Benjamin in 1929. (Globe Staff Photo Illustration) Globe Staff Photo Illustration
By Matthew Price
June 11, 2006

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AT FIRST GLANCE, Walter Benjamin, the bespectacled, bushy mustached, deeply serious, and influential German literary critic, may not strike you as a likely drug user. Indeed, he considered drugs a ``poison," and a rather disreputable one at that. As Marcus Boon writes in his introduction to ``On Hashish," a slim English translation of Benjamin's writings on drugs, just published by ... (Full article: 1082 words)

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