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In American culture there is an image of the tortured artist who abuses alcohol or drugs Edgar Allan Poe Jackson Pollock and Kurt Cobain are a few examples Several of the writers we have read so far including Baldwin Hemingway Faulkner and Carver had serious problems with alcohol Some like Carver chose to get sober while others did not Jim Morrison After he completed high school Jim Morrison was about to jump into his own realm of creativity In 1964 he had moved to the West Coast and in 1966 he enrolled as a film major at the University of California in Los Angeles UCLA It was at UCLA where Jim Morrison had begun consistently using psychedelic drugs such as LSD Jim Morrison had always excelled at school and anything for that matter in what he put his mind to His IQ was 149 He had met three other individuals somewhat like himself and drugs that brought them together to form a band known as The Doors Inside of the book on mescaline by English author Aldous Hexleys the band took itsname from the poem written by the poet-visionary-artist William Blake who had written When the doors of perception are cleansed things will appear to man as they truly areinfinite Morrison was so connected to both works that he proposed The Doors to his bandmates Everyone agreed that the name as well as the inspiration from which it sprang was perfect to which it
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