Here’s some more “filler” while I prepare my next post. But I hope it’s worth the read. The Fix, which seems to be the most popular addiction/recovery magazine out there, published a Q&A interview about my book – how I wrote it, what I was trying to say, and how it changed my life. Walter Armstrong, the deputy editor at The Fix, asked some really good questions, and I hope I gave him some really good answers.
Walter seemed like a good guy: patient, tuned in, and empathic. Maybe those goes with the job. I had the strongest temptation to ask him whether he himself had been there and back. But I held my tongue on that one.
Walter clearly liked the book. Here are some of his very generous words:
Lewis’ twin expertise as a longtime addict and a brain scientist enabled him to produce a memoir mapping, in remarkably lucid and vivid detail, entirely new ground. Weaving together his objective accounts of drugs’ effects on the brain with descriptions of his mind’s subjective experience, he brings to light how the very shape of intoxication on one substance or another mirrors the shape of the specific chemical reactions taking place inside your skull.
These pioneering observations fit effortlessly into the overall narrative, which is as over-the-top suspenseful as David Carr’s classic The Night of the Gun.
And here’s the link to the interview. Take a look, and while you’re at it check out some of the other features of this unusual publication. There’s some rough stuff on these pages. Heavy-duty addicts bearing their souls, and blazing arguments about the pro’s and con’s of this and that treatment approach. Lots to learn and quite a few surprises.
My next real post is…..almost ready.