drugs and daydreams: the book

a brief explanation...

The book, Drugs And Daydreams, is a compilation of self-published zines put out over the past 10 years. though there are no actual mentions of drugs (with the sole exception of some weed found while dumpster diving) but rather drugs are used as a metaphor to describe the sensations of the three different bicycle trips that make up the stories in this book, the first trip from portland down the coast to san francisco, the second an ill-fated trip beginning in san francisco and ending in a crashed bike above the mountainous rolling hills of big sur, and the third a bike ride from vermont up to maine and down to an island of wild horses on the maryland eastern shore.

Written in a style that hovers between prose and excitement-infused recountings of the people, places, interactions, solitudes and cathartic moments along the way, the stories and voice find value in the unconventional aspects of travel - sleeping on grocery store rooftops, sneaking into hot tubs and casino hotel buffets, and at one point, staying for an extended period in a squatted vacant community center with friends who have created a lifestyle existing in the cracks of the corporate-dominated landscape of new york city.

In fact, the book is very much a concerted effort to make sense of living ethically and meaningfully within a culture that is being targeted by corporate and profit-driven economics, and much of the later writing contemplates how to seek healthy relationships inside this culture that tries to split healthy communities.

In a fashion attempting to retain the ethics and do-it-yourself enthusiasm and accessibility of zines, each book is constructed by hand from the bare materials: from the scammed photocopies and handsewn signatures that make up the page blocks, to the hand-cut coverboard, to the individually relief-printed covers and the screen-printed spine cloth.




book cover

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