Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism.
Pollan’s 2021 book, This is Your Mind on Plants, features three essays about opium, caffeine and mescaline, with a covid-era introduction, highlighting Pollan’s increasing appreciation for plants during pandemic life. If you’re a fan of Pollan’s writing like I am, you’ll notice that This is Your Mind on Plants feels familiar; it’s a bit like the approach Pollan took in his 2001 book, The Botany of Desire, which links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato.
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