“The Conservative Case Against More Prisons”

AmCon strikes again! Although for more on drug courts you could see here. [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 [Read More...]

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

Me at AmCon. [Read more...]

“How Effective Are Tactics Used on TV Shows to Treat Troubled Teens?”: Maia Szalavitz

reports: Terrifying teens by making them lie in coffins, forcing them to spend a night on a frigid street or a bare prison cell— these harsh measures are used in reality shows in an attempt to put delinquents back on the straight and narrow.  But the strategies may make for better TV than treatment. … [Read More...]

“Down and Out in Antarctica”

Hunter R. Slaton, great piece at The Fix: Eight years ago this month, I was mind-bendingly hungover and miserable, pushing a push broom across a dirty blue-linoleum floor in Antarctica. I was working as a “dining attendant”—aka a dishwasher—at McMurdo Station, a US scientific research facility on Antarctica’s Ross Island, site of the launch of [Read More...]

“The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship, Part IV”

Me on friendship and addiction, at Catholic Lane. [Read more...]

“Same again?”

Last night I watched Grabbers, an Irish sf/horror/comedy screened at AFI as part of their annual European Union Film Festival. It’s a fun little confection with a lot of truly sublime shots of the Irish coast. The basic story: A young, uptight lady Garda comes to a remote isle, where she begins a “you’re hideous, [Read More...]

Ask Maia Szalavitz stuff!

new feature at The Fix: Welcome to my first “Ask Maia” column, in which I shall attempt to answer your questions and other matters drug related. I especially hope to answer personal questions about specific addictions—so bring on your problems. more [Read more...]

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 [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 [Read More...]