By Peter Waldman
This impressionistic autobiographical inquiry is an try to attach the non-public with the socio-historical-addiction with dependancy; it's also an try and reveal that wisdom construction could be generated via significantly non-traditional capacity. Narrative serves as strategy and technique in a as a rule first individual account of a fictional open AA assembly. A suspicious hermeneutics is utilized to dependancy, to AA, and to the phenomenon of overall medicalization, which the writer and narrative eventually succumb to, within the curiosity of wondering good judgment assumptions approximately those topics, and as leaping off issues for literary and philosophical exploration. Highlighted is the semi-fictionalized storied nature of mirrored upon lived experience-the own cell online game of (Paul Ricoeur's) narrative identity-and the function of associations like AA in grafting onto lived adventure new narrative types that let for brand new methods of structuring self and identification. the entire made-up points of the narrative-the multi-tracked narrator's voice, shifts in point-of-view, and the semi and occasionally absolutely imagined characters encountered on the assembly and elsewhere-are the fiction the writer makes of his own heritage as an addict and newcomer in AA, which complicates the relation among knower and identified (author and reader) whereas enriching and enlivening the narrative, drawing the reader right into a literary illustration of imagined and lived adventure
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BUD: A genuine mystery. JEFF: Not really. PETER: I’ll keep a look out for him. BUD: Would you? Thanks. JEFF: Yeah thanks. BUD: And if you see him tell him that we’re at the coffee shop on ___________ and ____________. ] On _____________ and _____________. I’ll tell him. BUD: And you’ll come with him. ] Right, I mean, no, sorry. ] [PETER leafs through a few pamphlets and reads a few wall slogans as he finishes dressing himself knotting a scarf tightly around his neck and donning a wool ski mask with holes only for his eyes.
That’s how I imagined Tony’s medico-spiritual sense of recovery, Romantic and Scientific, a sense that was visible to me (again) in the crystal clarity of his bright blue eyes. ” he asked me, but not in an accusatory way, just a simple question, two addicts shooting the breeze. “I told you yesterday,” I said. ” Missing or ignoring the sarcasm, he said: “You didn’t tell me that you were a pessimist. Most addicts are. That’s unfortunate. 3 “Sorry,” he said, “I meant your dis-ease. Let’s talk about that later, though, shall we?
And a DUI is so sexy and devil may care. To me, anyway, even the deepest miseries of addiction had that familiar ring of truth to them, unlike the rest of the AA story which is all about seeing the light and toeing the line for the rest of your miserable life. I was meant for better things than AA mediocrity. I refuse to be a cliché! 5 Tony gave me a Big Book as a going away present, and, honestly, wished me all the luck in the world. 18 CHAPTER 5 “BILL’S STORY” But can someone truly be the intellectual master of a power to which he himself is enslaved?