Action Bronson is a 21st century renaissance man. A hip-hop icon who recently released his fifth album, “White Bronco,” the Flushing, Queens, native, whose real name is Ariyan Arslani — with a Muslim Albanian father and Latvian Jewish mother — is probably best-known for hosting a pair of TV series for Viceland: the talk variety “The Untitled Action Bronson Show,” and the travel food series “F—, That’s Delicious.”
His new book, “Stoned Beyond Belief” (his second, following the New York Times best-seller “F—, That’s Delicious,” based on his travel show), is a paean to the miracle of cannabis. It’s a sort of “Whole Earth Catalog” meets Baba Ram Dass’ psychedelic classic “Be Here Now,” a guide to all things herbal, from recipes for his mom’s banana pudding, cheesecake and challah, to ruminations on botany, fast food and the joys of cruising while stoned.
Hunkering down for what he lovingly terms a “sesh” (short for “session”), Bronson admits that “Stoned Beyond Belief” was created — with its snappy art direction and loads of trippy images — with herb users in mind, the kind of “toilet reading” where you can open the book to any page and find something to get into.
“I love overstimulation,” he says. “This book is exactly what I wanted to project, how I feel every moment in my life.”
While Bronson appreciates the West Coast as the place where the best herb emanates — and legalization first took hold — he remains nostalgic for his days hustling when pot was still against the law.
“I think it should be readily available for everybody,” insists Action. “But the main goal is that it’s medicine and it’s there for one and all to enjoy and love, to be treated properly. But you really didn’t think that way back in the day. I was feeling it spiritually, even when I had to stuff my stash in my nut