Everything Is Political

The dictionary in the barn in Montauk was an old one—designed, I think, for students in the middle of the last century; it had no swear words, and the definition of the word “lesbian” was something along the lines of “having to do with the island of Lesbos; sensual.” But the following definition was really the best one we found.

hashish or hasheesh. n. A preparation of the stalks and leaves of cannabis (Indian hemp), a subtle, crazing drug used in the Orient as a narcotic stimulant; illegally sold (usu. to school students) in U.S.A. in cigarette form called Marijuana: named by narcotic officials The Assassin of Youth.