my issue was more with the attitude. he made himself out to be so bad ass. everything he thought and said was true and indicated what a cool independent guy he was. everything the counselors said in there was wishy-washy bullshit. anybody who got honestly upset or emotional was a pansy. him and his hard ass crew were the real people who'd make it. it was a crock.
ive seen people come into recovery with the attitude he presented in the book. "ill do it my way and i dont give a fuck what anyone tells me." they dont make it. that's why i say his story was bs.
From the way he let Oprah walk all over him with her bullshit, you can see that he was not the tough guy that he made himself out to be.
exactly. which is why i think his book sucked. it wasnt an honest look at recovering from addiction. it was a self-aggrandizing made-for-tv-movie version of how he wishes it had been.
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i'm reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey....it's about what he went through when he was recovering from his addiction to drugs and alchohol. there's some contraversy over the accuracy of his story, but he said he wrote it as he remembered it. it's still a really good story and helps you to understand what addicts go through in recovery.
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the book that i picked up had an added note from him and he said that he did portray himself has harder and more aggresive than he really was.....the part that i appreciate about the book is where he describes how he views himself (i.e. where he can't see himself as anything more than an addict and a criminal.....and where he can't see beyond the addiction because he doesn't know anything else). that's the part that i appreciate because it gives me a better understanding when trying to relate to my friends who are going through it.
the self-loathing of an addict is about the only thing he got right in there, ill give you that. it was the only part worth reading in that whole mess of a novel and certainly the only remotely accurate sentiment.
I am mid way through a Michael Crichton book called "Airframe." Its pretty good. It's about an quality assurance investigation over an airplane after a suspicious mid air flight incident which killed a few people, and injured a bunch more. Meanwhile, this airplane company is trying to seal a deal with China for some airplanes. It's getting pretty suspenseful.
Anyhow, I want to finish it so I can start reading my next book; "Scar Tissue" by Anthony Kiedis.
What book are you reading?
I just don't find enough time to read....
But I have jury duty coming up in a week or so.....so that should give me lots of reading time.
I thought of you the other day when I was reading "A Million Little Pieces". In the part I was on, he sits on the couch and watches and episode of "ER" and he goes on this two page rant about how it did not depict drug addiction accurately. I thought it was really funny given what I had read from you about his book!
I just finished reading "Wonderland Avenue" by Danny Sugerman. This book was suggested by someone here in the AET for having best description of heroin use in print. I was curious as in the last few years a few former friends have died from OD's. What a fantastic writer this guy was. Definitely suggest it if you are a Doors fan too.
Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí (The unbearable lightness of Being) - Milan Kundera
Just finishing up A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
that is a pretty great book. i read it a while back and nobody captures the emotions and confusion of love and lust like kundera. the book of laughter and forgetting is great as well.
now im reading 'a prayer for owen meany' by john irving. it's pretty good, but im making slow going of it. i think i like it better than 'the world according to garp' though.