Random Notes from a Specific Deadhead
Outskirts Press (2012)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (12/13)
Terry Shaffer’s book “Random Notes from a Specific Deadhead” is not for the timid. The story revolves around a pot-smoking Deadhead that is a minor player in Pennsylvania politics. Garcia Hunter is the main character that has spent the past fifteen years working for his lifelong friend, State Representative Delano Trodske. He has had his values compromised many times by looking the other way and it finally comes to a head, so he seeks enlightenment from such sources as his cat and Robert Hunter from the group Grateful Dead. Strange as it is, he continues his quest for the purpose that the Universe has in store for him. He drifts from a world of possessions and power to one of spiritual health and personal understanding. Garcia slowly begins to see the bigger picture and appreciates the hidden structure of reality. He gets stoned a lot and seems to constantly be in a state of euphoria but then he finds the true meaning of love and it helps him attain success in his miserable life.
“Random Notes From a Specific Deadhead” was just as expected. It contained a major reference to pot smoking and the euphoric state that one is put in when high on “Weed”. It was almost as if it glorified the use of such drugs and wanted the reader to be sympathetic toward the pot smoking main character. Garcia’s judgments in the course of his employment were definitely inspired by his state of mind at the time, which was expanded by the use of drugs.
“Random Notes From a Specific Deadhead” was a strange book to say the least. I don’t know how much the author researched for the book but I think it is safe to say that he had a fairly good knowledge of Marijuana and the effects that it has on someone using the drug.
I gave “Random Notes From a Specific Deadhead” by Terry Shaffer a C on my tight scale and would not recommend it to a younger than adult audience. This book contains some serious situations with drug use and language; it would not be general audience rated.