Posts Tagged: “Great Britain”

The Lost Art Of Opium Smoking: An Interview With Author Steven Martin

Of all it has embraced, the booming artisanal movement has so far passed over one largely extinct 19th-century practice: opium smoking in the old manner.

But in a book out last year, one collector of antique opium-smoking paraphernalia documents how his fascination with a lost era's artifacts led to an attempt to recreate and live in a lost era of chandu, resulting in an opium addiction of "the traditional manner" that reached a peak of thirty pipes a day. I spoke with author Steven Martin about his book, Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction, his Opium Museum project, and the cultural legacy of [...]


A Five-Part Guide To Irish Viral Videos: Part One, Irish Rap

Sometimes videos go viral within the confines of a specific country and they never reach the wider world. And often, that's a real shame. Lucky for you, Irishman (meaning born, raised and residing in actual Ireland) Sean McTiernan-that's me!-is going to give you a glimpse into the country's already storied collection of viral gems. Get your shillelagh and whatever additional racist paraphernalia you need, it's going to be mighty.