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For a few years, I was a monthly columnist on Erowid, penning a range of missives on psychoactive-related topics. My columns were a mix of slapstick, satire, and occasionally serious explorations of how individuals and culture react to the myriad of experiences offered by psychoactives. I still write these every now and then, but the monthly-ness has long since faded; however, I'm still quite happy with the thinking that went into these. Each of these was lovingly edited by the Erowid staff, notably Spoon, who did the heavy-lifting in terms of copy-editing and structural/thematic advice, and Earth and Fire, who provided detailed feedback and very good food for thought. (Note: non-fiction installments of eScottology are archived in my Non-Fiction section.)

That Kind of Night
October 8th, 2007
In which many successive hits of nitrous oxide cast a spell on an overheard conversation.

Bliss Potential
Monday, July 16th, 2007
In which a young woman experiences her most powerful AMT experience yet, and runs to the intertubes to share the news with a stimulant-addled friend.

Anticipation
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
In which the hours leading up to an eagerly awaited psychedelic experience are maniacally recounted.

“Is This Some Kind Of Drug Thing?”
Monday, October 31st, 2005
In which Crank Boy, Laurel and Scotto ponder a precious few bars of electronica-while-high.

50 Milligrams of What?
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
In which the merits of clearly labeling the contents of a drug collection are debated.

A Wrong Turn At Albuquerque
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
In which Crank Boy shows off his brand new luxury drug-smuggling tunnel.

Just To Get To Sleep
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
In which a fateful run-in with the Ambien Fairy unfolds.

The LiveJournal of Timothy Leary’s Head
Friday, May 27th, 2005
In which the old feud between Leary and Liddy persists into cyberspace.

Terminology
Friday, April 29th, 2005
In which Crank Boy and Scotto ponder the origins of drug slang such as "candyflip," "hippieflip," and "acid."

Dungeons & Dealers
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
In which a group of role-playing gamers learn the meaning of such spells as Summon Psychedelic Entity, Levitate Munchies, and of course, Improved Trip.

Scheduling
Monday, November 15th, 2004
In which a group of friends on completely different wavelengths and with completely different schedules work to find time for a shared psychedelic experience.

A Desperate Cry For Help
Friday, October 15th, 2004
In which a "pop hit" of the day is deconstructed as a plea for intervention.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being High
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
In which a variety of practical jokes to be played on trippers (The Ontological Ooops, The Permanent Freak Out, etc.) is presented.

And So, A Scandal Grows
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
In which the doping scandal that has plagued athletics spreads inexorably to the arts, and the International Artistic Regulatory Commission decides to take action.

I'm Bored
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
In which the tawdry ennui of modern life spreads to the psychedelic community.

We’ll Be Asking the Questions Here
Thursday, April 15th, 2004
In which a wacky new intertube quiz called "Which Psychoactive Substance Are You?" is gleefully presented.

Pleasing Obliteration
Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
In which the phenomenology of the nitrous oxide experience is carefully deconstructed.



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