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Alice in Plunderland by Steve McCaffery

Alice in Plunderland by Steve McCaffery

Steve McCaffery’s new book, Alice in Plunderland, explores the inner depths of an addicts mind as Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) might experience it. Written to the same structure and tune of Carroll’s original 1865 story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the reader is no longer left to ponder what Underland would be like through the eyes of a desperate junkie. And, as one might expect, following McCaffery’s version of Wonderland is as much of an undertaking and painstakingly difficult as any fiend’s attempt for an easy score when in dire need to use. The first and last chapters of Steve McCaffery’s Alice in Plunderland are the only two that a laymen—or anyone not chronically stoned—could follow without turning to the Joual Drug Slang Dictionary or A Short Glossary of Plunderland Terms for Grown-Ups.

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The Thought House of Philippa by Suzanne Leblanc

The Thought House of Philippa by Suzanne Leblanc

In a world where stimulation from one's outer environment exponentiates over time, it should only be expected that one's reactions and perceptions to this external stimuli dramatically increases as well. From casual encounters to in-depth conversations, the heightened awareness that is cultivated by society's complexities easily has the ability to not only allow one to become incredibly mindful of these happenings, but also to deeply experience each and every one of them individually and as a whole. In a way, it becomes some sort of a skewed balancing act—the more you face on a daily basis, the more you are able, or unable, to take in. The mind acts as a filter, delicately picking apart each extremity, delight, sorrow, and so on, choosing from the subconscious what the mind will become sensitive to—and sometimes the mind becomes hypersensitive to all. Even when the impetus has been drastically reduced, however, the mind can still remain in this overly observant state. This is the situation at hand for Philippa, the central voice of Suzanne Leblanc's book appropriately titled The Thought House of Philippa.  

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