Join a ZOOM conversation with author Adam Zmith. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Adam will discuss his latest book, Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures.
The event is free, open to the public, and conducted via ZOOM. Upon registering a link and password will be automatically emailed to you.
Adam Zmith is a writer and author of Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures. He was the recipient of the London Writers Award 2019-20, and is the author of several shortlisted and published short stories. He is also one of the producers of The Log Books podcast, winner of Gold in the Best New Podcast category at the British Podcast Awards 2020.
You never forget your first sniff. Anyone who’s taken a huff of poppers remembers their first attempts. But few know the astonishing history of those mysterious brown bottles available in sex-shops, camouflaged behind the dubious labels of ‘room odorizer’ and ‘VCR cleaner’.
Since their popularization in the late nineteenth century, poppers have metabolized into the lifeblood of queer culture, and can be spotted across both mainstream and fringe LGBTQ+ literature, film, music, pornography and comics; wafting from Studio 54 and Soho, to our bedside tables.
Deep Sniff is a rich account of a until-now under-acknowledged drug and the lives of those who use it, offering an expansive popular history of desire across time.