Media Analysis: The Last Interview With Alexander Shulgin

For many college-aged kids, the acts of experimental indulgence become somewhat prominent. Sure this cannot be said about everyone, or even made a fact, however it is a common experience for one to experiment with drugs, alcohol, intimacy, what have you. So the term MDMA, (Methylenedioxy methamphetamine) or more commonly—ecstasy is a known name that buzz’s around groups. The article The Last Interview With Alexander Shulgin, which was written by Vice writer Hamilton Morris, has an old fashioned sit down with a man credited with making the drug quite popular. Even more so was this drug popularized through the phsyco-theraputic and other experimental uses involving MDMA. Many treatments relating to depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder were given through the practice of Shulgin, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was born in 1925.

Foto By Ash Smith

Profile articles have a honest way of making one feel like they just made two friends; the author and the profiled individual. The way the stories take you into the lives and homes of people, and get down to the darkest secrets, and the kookiest regiments.

This article starts at breakfast and ends at dinner. The parts in between are filled with tours, and events, and speratic conversation. While the Shulgins eat, Morris finds himself exploring the laboratory, and digging his nose deep into the viles of medicines, and elixirs. The smells, feelings, and visuals Morris is able to get are a dream come true, as one of his idols is finally within arms length, and more than willing to invite the writer into his home.

It’s a profile, a moment in time where the reader can get imagine he or she is sitting in the room, feeling, smelling, and seeing how the day unfolds.

Written By Tucker Leverton

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