Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Books By Addicts: A Collection
The Up and the Down.
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Steve Earle and the Ghost of Hank Williams: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
When Did I Become the Junkie Auntie Mame? Courtney Love tells her tangled tale in a new e-book.
Mike Doughty Talks About The Book of Drugs: Former Soul Coughing front man on sobriety and life as a solo artist.
Writers On The Edge: A compendium of tough prose and poetry about addiction
Book Review of Drunken Angel: A hipster gets his shit straight—sort of.
Addiction Fiction: Coming-of-Age Drug Novels
Addiction Noir: The Next Right Thing
John Berryman and the Poetry of “Irresistible Descent”: The penal colony’s prime scribe
A year before he committed suicide by jumping off a Minneapolis bridge in 1972, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Berryman had been in alcohol rehab three times, and had published a rambling, curious, unfinished book about his treatment experiences. Recovery is a time capsule. If you think we have little to offer addicts by way of treatment these days, consider the picture in the 60s and 70s. In Recovery, treatment consists almost entirely of Freudian group analysis, and while there is regular talk of alcoholism as a disease, AA style, there is no evidence that it was actually dealt with in this way, after detoxification....