Paul Krassner,
William Burroughs, and
Toad Slime

Dear Miss Lark:

Thanks so much for that delightful review of the Magic Mushrooms book. Made me laugh out loud and want to go buy a copy immediately.

You'll appreciate the utter absurdity of this press release:

Could Toad Slime Cause a Prison Riot?

    In June 2003, Paul Krassner published an anthology, Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy.

    Todd McCormick, currently serving 5 years in federal prison for growing medical marijuana, contributed two stories, about his experiences with psilocybin and ketamine.

    Krassner sent him a copy of the book, but it was rejected by the warden "because on pages 259-261, it describes the process of squeezing toads to obtain illicit substances which could be detrimental to the security, good order, and discipline of the institution."

    McCormick commented, "I wonder how much we pay the guy/girl who actually sits and reads every book that comes in for offending passages."

Incidentally, the back cover says "stories by AND ABOUT..." Robert Anton Wilson writes about Burroughs on page 226.

--- Paul Krassner

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