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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent a supportive partner trusting colleagues and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two month crack binge He had been released from rehab nine months earlier and his relapse would cost him his home his money his career and ve. Heavy stuff and holy f Okay will try to give this a proper review This is one hell of a ride on the dark side of crack cocaine addiction While I usually like my addiction memoirs with a heavy heaping of recovery this focused mostly on the addiction itself Sometimes though the story itself can be so powerful it needs to be told This is one mans journey from his first wonderful high to the brink of death What I loved the most was Cleggs writing and it's interesting to know that Clegg also wrote Did you ever have a Family I was literally on the edge of my seat reading in horror as addiction consumes each and every good thing in Cleggs life It's amazing what addiction can do Honestly this book broke my heart I'm looking forward to his seuel 90 Days which chronicles his recovery struggles

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A MemoirUntil it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom He also explores the shape of addiction how its pattern not its cause can be traced to the past Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is an utterly compelling narrative lyrical irresistible harsh honest and beautifully written from which you simply cannot look aw. I admit that I am a sucker for stories about addiction You could even say I am addicted to them groan But now I know what I want for my last meal and it is a nice chunk of crack Really it sounds like something that everyone should experience once in a lifetime but can't for obvious reasons To paraphrase the poet it sounds like all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell Bill Clegg is a literary agent in NYC and he was living the dream He appears on his book jacket as model handsome At the time of the memoir he was living with his partner Noah a seemingly flawless mate in an incredible apartment given to them by Noah's wealthy grandmother He and a friend had just started their own literary agency and he has a large group of friends and family and clients I won't give away the whole story because it is rather suspenseful writing even though you are practically told from the start that the house of cards is all going to fallWhat makes it such compelling reading even when you know where it is headed are the details missing airplane flights check in for the flight and then take a cab back to an airport hotel to smoke some crack planning to get back in time to catch the flight; the paranoia of thinking that every taxi cab driver is working for the DEA; meandering down a street with exclusive shops to find a leather shop which can make extra holes in his belt before his pants fall down; the ease with which these repeated drug transactions are made The latter is particularly fascinating He made calls sometimes once or twice a night to get drugs and then would run out to find an ATM wherever he was so that he could take out 300 at a time to pay for the drugs at each installment My only uibble is with the style of the modern day memoir used here Why do we have to jump back and forth in time so much He is five; then college; current day; drug days; then back to six then drug days Because I read so uickly at each transition I had to ask myself who are these guys with him his grade school friends or his crack companions It is dizzying

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir Read & Download õ 109 ☆ Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent a supportive partner trusting colleagues and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two month crack binge He had been released from rehab nine months earlier anRy nearly his lifeWhat is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall capturing in scene after scene the drama tension and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again. This book was pretty engaging There is a train wrecky appeal and Clegg is pretty good with phrase I especially liked it when he described a woman's accent as trickyI would have liked it better if he had really reflected on the way his raceclass kept him out of jail While I was really fascinated by the idea that there are secret crack addicts everywhere Clegg could have been omre reflective about the fact that addicts who can't check into Manhattan hotels to get high and order vodka for room service who stumble home to buildings that don't have doormen these folks go to jail forever or dieMaybe it's not fair to judge him for not having a social justice agenga but I found myself wanting to shake him particularly when he is so high and disheveled that he can't check into a hotel I think it's the W so he goes to SoHo to buy a new cashmere sweaterThe writing is strongest and most self aware when Clegg recounts some really painful moments from his childhood He employs a risky device of talking about his child self in third person but he pulls it off