Dostoevsky's Weed Addiction
Dostoevsky couldn’t quit weed even though
he didn’t really like smoking it anymore.
He was aware that it was making him lazier
and although inducing in him creative states
and thoughts he normally might not have had
sober, getting high likewise made Dostoevsky
less likely to go forth and act upon those
thoughts so coma-inducing was the amount of
weed that Dostoevsky couldn’t keep himself
from smoking every hour on the hour from the
time he woke up until the time he fell into
bed at night burnt-out as the light bulbs
he likewise lacked the energy or motivation
to replace. It was for this reason that
the darkness pervaded Dostoevsky's garret,
and so the man slept a lot. On some nights
however he would buy himself a six-pack of
Pabst and write late into the morning.
Dream about Georg Büchner
I asked early nineteenth-century German writer
Georg Büchner how it was he pronounced his name.
He misunderstood the question however and began
reciting for me the dialogue to his play Woyzeck.
I told him I'd seen the movie adaptation by
Werner Herzog. He nodded and we shook hands
and parted ways but not before kissing each
other on the cheek. Later I slept at an inn.
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