Perhaps the most depressing of Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts”

"The tiger can't change his spots. No, wait, he did! Good for him!"Seriously, sit with that one for a moment and see if it doesn't bring you down!The other day I was thinking about that old line, "How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change." It's true enough, but insufficient. The light bulb also has to be able to imagine that change is possible. You can want real bad to fly, but it won't happen until you can imagine … [Read more...]

“Hurricane Katrina Was My Rock Bottom”

People often ask why I didn’t just get out of New Orleans. The answer is simple, and will ring true to any addict: I stayed behind because I didn’t have enough heroin to last more than a day. I never even thought about leaving my beloved home city. Why would I venture to some unknown place where I had no idea where to score? more … [Read more...]

Our friends say it’s darkest before the sun rises; we’re pretty sure they’re all wrong

in which I review Oslo, August 31st. … [Read more...]

“Thank You for the Light”

A (very) short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald in which the Virgin Mary lights a woman's cigarette.... Gentle, with a real sense of the littleness of the comforts and consolations we find in life. The votives so small they'll burn out overnight. Link possibly via TKB? Wait no, it was via First Thoughts. … [Read more...]

“The Beasts and Children”

My take on Beasts of the Southern Wild. Spoilerrific so the short version is that it's totally worth seeing! … [Read more...]

Watched “Permanent Midnight” last night

It's okay, but it's no Less Than Zero. (...Has that sentence ever been said before?)Here's a very fun interview w/Jerry Stahl though. … [Read more...]

“What You Don’t Know About Recovery–And Don’t Want to”

by the invaluable Maia Szalavitz: Indeed, the data on recovery reveal that many people don’t actually quit when their problem is at its worst because intense stress itself is a strong predictor of ongoing addiction and relapse. Hope and a sense of possibility—in other words, moments of renewal rather than fear—bring change at least as often, and possibly more frequently. more … [Read more...]