This is Your Mind on Plants: Michael Pollan and Mark Danner in Conversation

This is Your Mind on Plants: Michael Pollan and Mark Danner in Conversation

In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs — opium, caffeine, and mescaline — and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs while consuming (or, in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and fraught feelings?

In this installment of Book Passage’s “Conversation with Authors” series, Mark Danner joins Michael Pollan for a wide-ranging conversation about culture and popular pharmacology, from antiquity to the present day.