Our Grand Inquisitor has links to a series of articles from a newspaper in Humboldt describing the life of pot growers. As you read them, you get a sense of decay - physical, moral, spiritual, social and structural. Everything is falling apart in slow motion and only some seem to be aware of it. It's like the clock is running backwards and the world is going from 2010 to 1830 or thereabouts.
The articles in the series are relatively short and thoroughly engrossing.