Carter Albrecht's name pops up several times in an article in the new issue of New York magazine -- not surprising, as the piece is headlined, "This Is My Brain on Chantix." At first, writer Derek de Koff shrugs off the theory that Pfizer's smoking cessation drug had something to do with Albrecht's death last September: "It seemed obvious this was nothing more than scaremongering -- perhaps Big Tobacco had launched a spin campaign," he writes of a CBS News story about Albrecht and FDA warnings concerning the drug.
Then came the bad dreams -- courtesy, at first, Radiohead and Tim Gunn. Or not: "By night four, my dreams began to take on characteristics of a David Cronenberg movie," de Koff writes. "Every time I’d drift off, I’d dream that an invisible, malevolent entity was emanating from my air conditioner, which seemed to be rattling even more than usual. I’d nap for twenty minutes or so before bolting awake with an involuntary gasp. I had the uneasy sense that I wasn’t alone." And then it got much, much worse. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.