Cocaine's Son: A Memoir
Itzkoff’s father was the man who lumbered home at night and spent hours mur...more
Dave Itzkoff on Cocaine's Son
Whatever the circumstances of our childhoods, we all grow up to become adults with questions about our parents and how they shaped the trajectories of our lives. What lessons were our mothers and fathers trying to impart to us? What pitfalls did they want us to avoid, and what mistakes of theirs did we end up repeating anyway? And how might we treat our parents differently if we were given a second chance with them?
These are all questions I confro...more
While David Itzkoff seems like quite a pleasant guy, his father does not. His father seems altogether unpleasant, but that nastiness does not appear to be related to his cocaine use. His father did unpleasant things, whether he was high or not. However, Dad never did anything quite unpleasant enough to warrant a...more
Other than that, I really enjoyed Itzkoff's portrait of his father and their relationship. It was painful, complicated, but also simple, in the ways that many people stru...more
This plays out to be a decent story about a son struggling to live with his difficult, addicted father. But the father is complex--not simply an addict, but sometimes clean for months at a time, and in the end, clean for years. Then the book becomes a story of the son's struggle to forgive his father. He is not so much the son of cocaine as he is the son of a sometimes-addicted father.