Adventures With Max Maven
Photo: Piero Sierra
1. The Drug Electric
It was at one of the conventions. I don’t remember which—maybe TAOM. I stumble upon Eric Mead, Michael Weber, and Max Maven in light conversation. We exchange secret handshakes, then Eric excuses himself for a bit while Max runs to the restroom. Weber and I chat about his family while waiting for Max to return. Shortly thereafter, we’re all discussing Greek philosophers. Max quizzes me about the origin of some particular idea. He seems impressed when I attribute the concept to Epictetus—or maybe it was Erasmus. I get those two confused. Weber laughs and excuses himself. He’s probably going to catch up with Eric.
Out of the blue, Max asks if I’d be interested in experiencing an altered state of consciousness. The answer is, of course, yes.
So, we leave the alcove of the lobby for the relative privacy of the men’s room. From a small pill box
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