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Mphetamines but it seems a very effective way of accounting Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights for 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 heound in the

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of a particular meth lab 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 Still Life with Chickens 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 awayrom meth If this book had been academically geared it would have necessarily alienated the people who are presumed to want to read it rom outside the ivory tower One can easily make the c I the ivory tower One can easily make the c I this book It s a uick read with such humanizing and compelling stories Would recommend to anyone. 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 oreground 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 Paradox Bound for a livable present or even the hope of autur. Standpoints users producers pharmacy executives law enforcement neighbors amily those in recovery clergy etc This is Pines method of decomposition breaking down the metanarratives family those in recovery clergy etc This is Pines method of decomposition breaking down the metanarratives meth into this postmodern ethnography which provides manifold and divers truths about the compound of meth The undamental 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 The Rural So too the rural user producerprosumer Transmutes The Base Substances the base substances commercial retail and the American home into a way of getting life and producing a hopefully pure STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare form of value Pines subjects never tire of telling us that 1000 can become 10000 very uicklyIn terms oform the book has a very literary eel to it I wanted to call this an experimental piece of memoir or even autofiction I greatly 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 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 ieldwork 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 Jason Pine s The Alchemy of Meth provides an analysis of the meth as a Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays form of everyday life whetheror 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 rom me of Kathleen Stewart s Ordinary Affects highlighting the everyday affects of meth use rom neighbors that move in next door to the readily available materials What a Lass Wants for cooking meth and the relationship that meth creates with the countryside Iound myself comparing this book to William Garriott s Policing Methamphetamine Garriott describes the narcopolitical reality of m This book is the outgrowth of Jason Pines 2007 article Economy of Speed the New Narco Capitalism and his 2010 ollow 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 rom the two articles that were its orebearers There are a couple passages that appear almost unaltered in the book treatment but largely this is new materialWhat I ound innovative about this book was its emphasis on an affective relationship with meth rom various. Meth cooks practice late industrial alchemy transforming base materials lithium batteries and camping into gold Meth alchemists all over the United States tap the occulted potencies of industrial lithium batteries and camping uel into gold Meth alchemists all over the United States tap the occulted potencies of industrial and big pharma products to try to cure the ills of precarious living underemployment insecurity and the eeling of idleness Meth ires up your attention and makes repetitive tasks pleasurable whether it’s Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery factory work or tinkering at home Users are awakeor days and eel exuberant and invincible In one person’s. ,

The Alchemy of Meth