Scarface Is a Warning

Why do some people idolize the movie Scarface? The movie came out more than thirty years ago, and we’re still seeing posters, t-shirts, and other merchandise related to the movie. …

Is Stoner Humor Really That Funny?

Yes, the 2000 movie Dude, Where’s My Car? has a funny title. It also, unfortunately, contributes to the long tradition of marijuana-based (stoner) humor in the movies. This humor minimizes …

Fear and Loathing and Substance Abuse

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” –Hunter S. Thompson     So said the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. …

Depicting Drug Use in the 1960s

Drugs were everywhere in the 1960s, right? At first, it certainly seems that way. Writer Ken Kesey took a psychedelically painted school bus to travel across the United States and …

Truman Capote and Image

When Truman Capote was staying in Kansas to research his famous nonfiction novel In Cold Blood, he allegedly held cocktail parties in his hotel room. Capote was also known for …