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How addiction is portrayed in movies and on television

Monty Python, Alcoholic
2 years ago

Monty Python, Alcoholic

Graham Chapman was a chameleon. He enjoyed science, acting and comedy, and after graduating from Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Medical College, he turned down a career as a physician to be a …
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Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism
2 years ago

Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism

At 25, Orson Welles wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane. Perhaps it was this early peak and stunted potential that caused Welles to be consumed by his enormous appetite …
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Rachel Getting Married – Out of Rehab, Wreaking Havoc
2 years ago

Rachel Getting Married – Out of Rehab, Wreaking Havoc

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Rachel Getting Married really gets what it’s like to return home from rehab and try to make your way back into a family circle that still suffers from a lot of repressed rage and …
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Nurse Jackie Is TV’s Most Honest Depiction of Addiction
2 years ago

Nurse Jackie Is TV’s Most Honest Depiction of Addiction

A lot of nurses hate the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Actually, to be precise, they hate the show’s lead character, the emergency department nurse Jackie Peyton. There’s much to dislike: She …
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Mad Men’s Depiction of Alcoholism
2 years ago

Mad Men’s Depiction of Alcoholism

It’s no secret that Don Draper, Mad Men’s chief protagonist struggles with alcoholism. In fact, much of the show revolves around excessive and abusive drinking. Alcoholics Anonymous has been the …
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Leonard Nimoy: “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had.”
2 years ago

Leonard Nimoy: “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had.”

Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing the half-Vulcan, super-logical alien Spock on “Star Trek,” died this morning of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused by years of smoking tobacco — even …
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Now Sober, Lars von Trier May Never Drink or Direct Again
2 years ago

Now Sober, Lars von Trier May Never Drink or Direct Again

Palme d’Or winner + Dogme 95 zealot Lars von Trier touched on an age-old debate over whether self-destruction fuels creativity when he announced that he has sought treatment for drugs …
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Ellis, D: Pitcher of LSD No-Hitter, Dedicated Addiction Counselor
3 years ago

Ellis, D: Pitcher of LSD No-Hitter, Dedicated Addiction Counselor

Daniel Gold of the NYTimes recently wrote this movie review and selected the new dock-umentary as a Critics’ Pick.

The Dock of “No No: A Dockumentary” is Dock Ellis, the Pittsburgh …
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Slurm! It’s Highly Addictive
3 years ago

Slurm! It’s Highly Addictive

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Slurm, the number-one soft drink of the future, is refreshingly addictive. It is produced in a factory on the planet Wormulon by a race known only as the Slurm Worms. Their corporate mascot …
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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.

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