[The Alchemy of Meth] E–book ¾ Jason Pine

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How to Read the American City Close Up gNes 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 Ireatly enjoyed that Pines writes about himself in the third person based upon interviews he had others conduct Not only does it reveal a personal connection to the topic Pines mother is an addict and Pines himself struggles with legal amphetamines but it seems a very effective way of accounting is an addict and Pines himself struggles with legal amphetamines but It Seems A Very seems a very way of accounting the role of the ethnographer in shaping the material The book is organized as a collage Various voices are interwoven with some about seven recurring and others appearing only once Pines also includes many legal bank and other personal documents he found in the remains of a particular meth lab These are traces of a life shown in the American 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 Pines refrain is what can a book really do In many ways this books is a response to his subjects who repeatedly express a desire that their interviews keep people away from meth If this. 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 toxic inheritance of deindustrialization meets the violent hope of this drug making cottage industry Jason Pine bases the on fieldwork among meth cooks recovery professionals pastors public defenders narcotics agents and pharmaceutical executives Here St Jude is not reduced 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 read 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 rather 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 relationship with meth from various standpoints USERS PRODUCERS PHARMACY EXECUTIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT producers pharmacy executives law enforcement family those in 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 and divers truths about the compound 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 old So too the rural meth user producerprosumer transmutes the base substances of commercial retail and the American home producerprosumer transmutes the base substances of commercial retail and the American home a way of etting life and producing a hopefully pure form of value Pi. Meth cooks practice late industrial alchemy transforming base materials like lithium batteries and camping fuel into old 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 repetitive 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. The Alchemy of Meth

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necessarily alienated the people who presumed to want to read 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 related to the of drug consumption so I don t see this as a big flawI strongly recommend The Alchemy Meth to anyone wanting to et a felt experience of what 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 read with such humanizing and compelling stories Would recommend to 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 reminded me of Kathleen Stewart s Ordinary Affects highlighting the everyday affects of meth use from A compelling ethnography of small scale meth production and everyday affects of meth use from A compelling ethnography of small scale meth production and in Missouri Very interesting use of writing 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 resources in exchange for a livable present or even the hope of a futur.


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