“You think you hold the high hand; I’ve got my doubts”

This works best as an Easter song at the end of its album, but here you go anyway--I love this. Probably listened to it for the first time sober ever on Holy Thursday. Had to clean 14-month-old spilled drinks off the CD but it spun just fine.(I just tried looking up this album at The Fix because I was sure they'd put it in one of their "best albums about addiction/recovery" lists, but the search engine said, MOUNTAIN GOATS--Do you mean MAINTAIN GOALS?) … [Read more...]

“David Foster Wallace and Samuel Taylor Coleridge Had a Lot in Common”

Helen Rittelmeyer: The biggest difference between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and David Foster Wallace is that by the time cardiomyopathy took Coleridge’s life in 1834, at the age of sixty-one, the consensus was that he had died too late. It’s not that no one engaged in rueful speculation about the masterpieces that would go unwritten, it was just that they’d done it years before, when it became clear that addiction and lack of professional discipline had made further serious literary output from Co … [Read more...]

“The Loneliness of the Addict Activist”: Maia Szalavitz

at The Fix: It’s hard to convey the sense of crisis felt by people using IV drugs and facing AIDS in the early ‘90s: In New York, at least half of needle users were already infected—at least 100,000 people—and there was no treatment, let alone cure or vaccine, in sight. The presence of death was always palpable. As was, for me, a deep frustration that most people in recovery seemed unwilling or unable to do anything about it.While gay men had ACT UP street activism and Gay Men’s Health Crisi … [Read more...]

Sweet Smell of Success

I just watched a commercial for... something involving "4G," not sure what... which showed a man talking to a small group of little children. "Which is better: playing basketball in a huge stadium, or playing basketball in a little driveway?""Stadium!" a little girl answers."Why is that?""Because there's more room for the fans!""Do you have a lot of fans?"She thinks about it and then says, "Yes!""Do you believe in yourself?"Now she looks like this grown man is maybe … [Read more...]

“Making Amends Was Everything I Least Expected”: Anna David

at The Fix--I cannot get enough of these stories: I thought I knew exactly how my Ninth Step in AA would unfold. Instead, over a decade later, I'm still trying to make sense of people's unpredictable reactions. more … [Read more...]

To Practice These Principles in All Our Affairs

The strengths of the new play at the Studio Theatre aren't where the playwright seems to think they are.The play's boundary-pushing profanity (I'm using circumlocutions to keep from saying the title, which the local alt-weeklies have been studiously printing in an attempt to prove we're not provincial) is probably supposed to be raw and streetwise but comes across as mannered and stagey.And the play appears to be about the complexity of character. "Funny how a person can be more than one … [Read more...]

“‘I Think My Liver Hurts’: Re-reading Dostoyevsky Sober”

Me at AmCon. … [Read more...]


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