Mike Jay
Author, London

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. 

Written by Mike Jay

Essay/
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

Mike Jay

Essay/
Public health
The Geel question

For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

Mike Jay

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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

Mike Jay