Iain Cruickshank

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Watch Earl Sweatshirt Perform Two New Songs in Los Angeles - XXL

This March, Earl Sweatshirt dropped <i>I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside</i>, a biting study in claustrophobia. It's one of the finest Odd Future …

Opioid Use Disorder: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment

Over the past 10 years, the prevalence of heroin and prescription opioid misuse has significantly increased, in large part because of the increased …

Prosthetics

David Foster Wallace's humbling

“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”<br>— David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest<p>David Foster Wallace was an ultimate wunderkind, and he …

"SNL"'s Vanessa Bayer Offers "Sound Advice" to Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock

"Saturday Night Live"'s Vanessa Bayer stars in the Above Average web series "Sound Advice" as Janessa Slater, the least helpful publicist in the universe. In the past, she has "advised" artists such as Jenny Lewis, Drake, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, Interpol, and Haim. Her latest …

Bayer

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”<p>Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives. But how do stories like the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm or <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> continue to enchant the …

How What You Believe Affects What You're Like When You're High

For decades, connoisseurs of psychedelics have said that "set and setting"—your state of mind and your environment—influence how you experience drugs. And they're right.<p>Psychedelic connoisseurs are usually well versed in "set and setting," or the the idea that both your state of mind, beliefs, and …

Consciousness

Why Heroin Use Is Surging Among Women--And What To Do About It

Today’s population of heroin users (those who consumed the drug within the past 12 months) now has double the representation of women compared to a decade ago. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, women’s use of heroin has risen from an average of .8 per 1,000 women …

What adderall does to your brain

You're trying to focus on your work, but stray thoughts bombard your brain and you can't think straight. You try to hold down a coherent …

Medicine

A court ordered a heroin user to quit all drugs. Here's why that cost him his life.

Robert Lepolszki had kicked his heroin addiction. In 2013, the 28-year-old from Long Island was in a methadone treatment program — which lets addicts replace heroin, a very deadly opioid, with methadone, a safer opioid that doesn't produce a euphoric high like heroin, to suppress withdrawal …

From Abuse to Addiction – The Withdrawal Period Makes the Difference

Drug addiction is hard to beat. Scientists have been on a hunt for the answers for a long time, and it seems they have finally cracked the addiction …

Molecular mechanisms contributing to addiction resistance uncovered

Growing up in West Virginia, Jill Turner saw firsthand the kind of havoc that drug addiction can wreak.<p>"I had a lot of friends who had very promising …

I Watched Former Drug Addicts Give a Reality Check to Schoolkids in London

Being educated about drugs in a personal, real-life context is not on the school curriculum—a problem that the Amy Winehouse Foundation is trying to fix.<p>Britain has the highest rate of cocaine use among school-age kids in Europe, the highest rates for early drunkenness, and higher than most rates …

An Interview With Jason Smith, Author of "The Bitter Taste of Dying"

When I reviewed Jason Smith's addiction memoir, <i>The Bitter Taste of Dying,</i> I called it "a gripping, no-holds-barred memoir," "a riveting story of addiction and recovery," and "a story of self-discovery and hope, too." Smith's book is all of those things, and more. From the first page of the …

Pseudo-science and Bible-thumping, the worst of both worlds: The problem with rehab, AA and calling addiction a disease

<b>(nmonckton via iStock/Stephen Rees via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Marc Lewis tells Salon that addiction is about habit — and calling it a disease hinders addicts from recovery<p>Wesley Yiin<p>July 25, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Psychologist and neuroscientist Marc Lewis has had run ins with addiction many times in his …

THE PANOPTICON

These 10 rappers each found themselves at the center of paternity suits.

1 <b>DMX</b><p>2 <b>Busta Rhymes</b><p>3 <b>Layzie Bone</b><p>4 <b>Soulja Boy</b><p>5 <b>Lil Wayne</b><p>6 <b>Juvenile</b><p>7 <b>Ludacris</b><p>8 <b>Rick Ross</b><p>9 <b>Jay Z</b><p>10 <b>Future</b>

Rap & Hip-Hop

Run The Jewels Honoured With Marvel Comic Book Covers

Kicked off with a free mixtape, <b>Run The Jewels</b> – a collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike – has reached undreamt of heights.<p>Appearing on prominent …

Peter Doherty Pens Amy Winehouse Tribute

At times extremely close, <b>Peter Doherty</b> and <b>Amy Winehouse</b> were often tagged by the media as kindred spirits.<p>Sadly, their respective addictions took …

Amy Winehouse

The wisdom of Pete Doherty - the Libertine's career in quotes nmem.ag/HQ6jB

From PJ Harvey And Björk to Prince And Beyoncé: Seven Ace Awards Show Duets

Both PJ Harvey and Björk have been in the news this week, but for very different reasons. Harvey’s been publicly recording her follow-up to ‘Let …

Elliott Smith on Freaks | Blank on Blank

Does country music have a drinking problem?

In case you haven’t noticed, country music’s biggest smashes are lately concerned with just one thing: getting smashed. These days, the entire format seems intoxicated by the idea of crafting party-hearty anthems meant to appeal to frat stars and alcoholics above anyone else, and its homogeneity is …

Former Black Flag member Ron Reyes adds to claims Greg Ginn abuses his children

Ginn's ex-wife previously stated that she "lives in constant fear" of him<p>Ron Reyes has stated in court that his former Black Flag bandmate Greg Ginn …

Autism

Damian Lewis:' No pictures or autographs please, we're a normal family'

The Homeland star Damian Lewis has one golden rule: no pictures or autographs when he's out with his family<p>Damain Lewis - the British star of Homeland - has banned fans from taking photographs of him when he is out with his actress wife Helen McCrory and their children, in a bid to maintain a …

Flying Lotus In Conversation

Rik Mayall’s death in June 2014 robbed British comedy of one of its most maverick spirits. One of the Bottom star’s final jobs was narrating a short …

Wiley - Snakes And Ladders

<b>Wiley's</b> always been an outsider. A weirdo, who eats dessert before dinner and looks for the sky while he's chilling on the sofa. In classic Eskiboy …

Listen: Run The Jewels - 'Job Well Done' (Remix) Ft. Jeremiah Jae

Matching two alternative voices in Stateside hip hop, <b>Run The Jewels</b> - El-P and Killer Mike - recently signalled their return.<p>'Run The Jewels 2' is …

Kendrick Lamar - 'i'

He just can't stop dancin'...<p><b>Kendrick Lamar</b>, that is. The rapper's recent Isley Brothers-sampling return 'i' has a funky, contagious feel, something …