This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York. Joe's world is the half-world of drugs and addicts -- the world of furtive fixes in sordid Harlem apartments, of police pursuits down deserted subway stations. Junk for Necchi, however, is a tool, freely chosen and fully justified; he is Cain, the malcontent, the profl...more
Time is fragmented, space is broken – the addict's world is without causes or effects…
“No doubt I shall go on writing, stumbling across tundras of unmeaning, planting words like bloody flags in my wake. Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats… these are the facts.”
Chaotic memories, spasmodic events, sporadic visions – th ...more
I don't know exactly what the junki ...more
When he thinks in terms of kicking he’s hooked.
There are degrees of addic ...more
'Cain's Book' is such a narrative about a junkie - and there have been books on junkie's before, but this one is sort of the iconic original.
So i don't really know what to say besides, go read it.
Book review: cains book
This was many years ago when my wife and I moved to Los Angeles from New York and installed ourselves in a 7 room apt on Berendo street for $175 a month. That is correct. My wife got a job and I opted to stay home and write—or try to.
Each day I would sit down at the typer to bang and I would try this sentence and that sentence and the other sentence but it was no dice. There was nothing. Writing must have energy. Here there was the energy of a piece of pocket lint. It was ...more
The flashback sections, not so hot. And there's a whole chapter around a storm while on a scow that perhaps would have been at home in Moby-Dick but didn't add much here. I guess Trocchi just had this scow vignette sitting around and had to slip it in somewhere.