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The Alchemy of Meth

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Anyone Jason Pine s The Alchemy of Meth provides an analysis of the meth as a form of everyday life whether for those using making or living with meth The book s vignettes eminded me of Kathleen Stewart s Ordinary Affects highlighting the everyday affects of meth use from eyeing neighbors that move in next door to the Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes readily available materials for cooking meth and theelationship that meth creates with the countryside I found myself comparing this book to William Garriott s Policing Methamphetamine Garriott describes the narcopolitical Marketing Excellence 3 reality of meth in America from the difficulty in policing the drug and institutions and groups attempt to manage or getid of meth While The Alchemy of Meth concerns itself with narcocapitalist America or the way that these drugs in particular stimulants become entangled with the modes of labor that bodies find themselves engaged in within America s latepost industrial economy pg xiii This book also helped me to understand Lauren Berlant s concept of cruel optimism the idea that something you desire or are striving for is an obstacle to your life in this way meth is an obstacle to your life in this way meth to be a drug form of cruel optimism promising the world only to destroy the individual Pine calls this the toxic American Dream pg xviiThis book is an excellent YARN Essentials read for those interested in understanding the allure of meth and how this chemicaleshapes the lives landscapes and communities where it is used unlike most academic texts this book is accessible moving and engaging When I finished I felt like I had been to this part of ural America where meth labs can be found in the woods but the American Dream #has long since moved away A compelling ethnography of small scale meth production and consumption in Missouri Very interesting use of # long since moved away A compelling ethnography of small scale meth production and consumption in Missouri Very interesting use of techniue and style. Hat makes methlabs possible The Alchemy of Meth  connects DIY methlabs to big pharma’s superlabs illicit speed to the legalized speed sold as ADHD medication uniuely implicating the author’s own story in the narrative By the end of the book the backdrop of St Jude becomes the foreground It could be a story about life and work anywhere in the United States where it seems no one is truly clean and all are complicit in the exploitation of their precious esources in exchange for a livable present or even the hope of a futur. ,

The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece recurring and others appearing only once Pines also includes many legal bank and other personal documents he found in theemains of a particular meth lab These are traces of a life shown in the American American Nietzsche ritual of bureaucracy and paperwork la David Graeber The Utopia of Rules On Technology Stupidity and the Secret Joys of BureaucracyI do wish the book had expanded on the academic and theoretical constructs from his earlier articles and devoted time to the structural subject of capitalism However Pinesefrain is what can a book Art, Culture, and Cuisine really do In many ways this books is aesponse to his subjects who Berlioz and His Century repeatedly express a desire that their interviews keep people away from meth If this book had been academically geared it would have necessarily alienated the people who are presumed to want toead it from outside the ivory tower One can easily make the connections and see the implicit and sometimes explicit threads the connect the book to the political arguments elated to the classing of drug consumption so I don t see this as a big flawI strongly ecommend The Alchemy of Meth to anyone wanting to get a felt experience of recommend The Alchemy of Meth to anyone wanting to get a felt experience of it is to take or be around meth usage and production and to anyone interested in new approaches to anthropologyethnographyAmerican culture The author talks about his experience taking ADHD meds Legal amphetamines How the pills help how they don t Going off for a couple days and being so drowsy wondering if it makes sleep better or if it s just sleep deprivation I felt seen I loved this book It s a uick Blood Runs Green read with such humanizing and compelling stories Wouldecommend to. Words they “get life”  The Alchemy of Meth is a nonfiction storybook about St Jude County Missouri a place in decomposition where the toxic inheritance of deindustrialization meets the violent hope of this drug making cottage industry Jason Pine bases the book on fieldwork among meth cooks Charting an Empire recovery professionals pastors public defenders narcotics agents and pharmaceutical executives Here St Jude is noteduced to its meth problem but Pine looks at meth through materials landscapes and institutions the sprawling context This book is the outgrowth of Jason Pines 2007 article Economy of Speed the New Narco Capitalism and his 2010 follow up Embodied Capitalism and the Meth Economy I ead these in a course on the anthropology of consumption and have eagerly been awaiting this project ever since Pines did not disappoint though the end product looks ather different from the two articles that were its forebearers There are a couple passages that appear almost unaltered in the book treatment but largely this is new materialWhat I found innovative about this book was its emphasis on an affective elationship with meth from various standpoints users producers pharmacy executives law enforcement neighbors family those in The Exiles Gallery recovery clergy etc This is Pines method of decomposition breaking down the metanarratives about meth into this postmodern ethnography which provides manifold and divers truths about the compound of meth The fundamental comparison Meth sorcery creates a powerful analytic to think about meth as an alchemical process The alchemists were all in search of an elixir of life or a way to transmute base materials to purer substances like gold So too theural meth user producerprosumer transmutes the base substances of commercial etail and the American home into a way of getting life and producing a hopefully pure form of value Pines subjects never tire of telling us that 1000 can become 10000 very uicklyIn terms of form the book has a very literary feel to it I wanted to call this an experimental piece of memoir or even autofiction I greatly enjoyed that Pines writes about himself this an experimental piece of memoir or even autofiction I greatly enjoyed that Pines writes about himself the third person based upon interviews he had others conduct Not only does it eveal a personal connection to the topic Pines mother is an addict and Pines himself struggles with legal amphetamines but Meth cooks practice late industrial alchemy transforming base materials like lithium batteries and camping fuel into gold Meth alchemists all over the United States tap the occulted potencies of industrial chemical and big pharma products to try to cure the ills of precarious living underemployment insecurity and the feeling of idleness Meth fires up your attention and makes epetitive tasks pleasurable whether it’s factory work or tinkering at home Users are awake for days and feel exuberant and invincible In one person’s. ,