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Book Report: Remedy/curse: Drug highs and lows

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Thomas De Quincy was born on this day in 1785, and would later write an eerie book that captured the romantic imagination, "Confessions of an Opium Eater."

At about the same time, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was ingesting huge quantities of laudanum, liquid opium. One day he was as high as a kite and busy writing his immortal poem, "Kublai Khan."

He answered a knock on the door. It was a bill collector, who harassed him so long his high wore off.

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