Here's what he came up with:
Drugs are always a fun topic. Since the subject is never really drugs — but far deeper elements of society and the human soul. Plus some of them are screamingly funny. These are five top drawer narco-reads.
Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby
Junky, William Burroughs
Wrecking Crew, John Albert
Cain's Book, Alexander Trocchi
Read the entire Powells.com Ink Q & A with Jerry Stahl.