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Novels

How I Got Clean: Robby Cooper of Detroit Muscle
9 months ago

How I Got Clean: Robby Cooper of Detroit Muscle

Here is an excerpt from the new novel, Detroit Muscle, author Jeff Vande Zande. He tells the story of Robby Cooper, an OxyContin addict in early recovery. His ex-girlfriend is …
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A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again
2 years ago

A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again

At the end of 1989, David Foster Wallace was admitted to McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital associated with Harvard University, for substance addiction. He was twenty-seven years old and increasingly …
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The King of Sobriety
2 years ago

The King of Sobriety

Stephen King has written a lot of books – at 56 novels, he’s closing in on Agatha Christie – some of which have been great, some of which less so. …
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A Book That Will Make You Never Want to Drink Again
3 years ago

A Book That Will Make You Never Want to Drink Again

By  • Alcohol, Novels

There is something to be said for reading in bars—not just in one of Hemingway’s “clean, well-lighted” places, but in any old bustling spot with taps, bottles, a …
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Ironweed: A Novel of “Bums”
3 years ago

Ironweed: A Novel of “Bums”

Author William Kennedy received a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his novel Ironweed about depression-era Albany, NY.  He described it simply as a study of time, place, and people. But it much, much more.

Ironweed
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Why Are There So Many Alcoholic Writers?
3 years ago

Why Are There So Many Alcoholic Writers?

By  • Alcohol, Novels

There are a lot of writers with drinking problems. There are a lot of drinkers with writing problems. Alcoholism can practically be described as the American literary disease. But why are …
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Under the Volcano: A Modernist Masterpiece
3 years ago

Under the Volcano: A Modernist Masterpiece

All Souls’ Day, the culmination of Mexico’s Day of the Dead.  On that day in 1938, the events of Malcolm Lowry‘s Under the Volcano take place.  I came to the book …
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What Drives Writers to Drink?
3 years ago

What Drives Writers to Drink?

Tennessee Williams, F Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cheever, Carver, Berryman… Six giants of American literature – and all addicted to alcohol. In an edited extract from her new book, …
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Please Don’t Walk Out of My Life
3 years ago

Please Don’t Walk Out of My Life

By  • Alcohol, Novels

In Dry, Burroughs details the nadir of alcohol and drug addiction that he reached.

First of all, there is an intervention staged by Burroughs’ associates which …
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Junky by William Burroughs
3 years ago

Junky by William Burroughs

In 1953, at the height of American conformism and anti-communist hysteria, William S. Burroughs published Junky, an irresistible strung-out ode to the joys and perversities of drug addiction. The pulp …
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