Mike Jay is an author and cultural historian. His latest book is Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic (2019). He lives in London.
Consciousness and altered states
Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?
Human rights and justice
What were drugs?
The war on drugs was always a war against an idea. But ideas have a shelf-life, too, and this one has lost its potency
The Geel question
For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?
Film and visual culture
The reality show
Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense