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Addiction and Obsession, Two Sides of the Same Coin

“As are tattoos. Almost always gotten on impulse, tattoos are vividly, chillingly permanent. The shopworn ‘Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure’ would seem to have been almost custom-designed for the case of tattoos. For a while, the new resident Tiny … Continue reading

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A.A. as a Method of Structuring Time

There seems to be no one in the novel more obsessed and inhabited by time than the hard-core drug addicts. After using drugs to escape from the mundane realities of time for so long, they need a structure in place … Continue reading

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Lyle’s Universal Truth: The Power of Objects in Addiction

“Do not underestimate objects! Lyle says he finds it impossible to over-stress this: do not underestimate objects” (394). This excerpt begins a section in which Ortho (“The Darkness”) Stice comes to Lyle for advice because every night, his bed moves to … Continue reading

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This is my position(?): Tiny Ewell and the problem of talking to yourself

‘I’m not denying anything. I’m simply asking you to define “alcoholic.” How can you ask me to attribute to myself a given term if you refuse to define the term’s meaning? I’ve been a reasonably successful personal-injury attorney for sixteen … Continue reading

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