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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
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Jan 14, 2011

really liked it
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A grippingly horrifying and unrepentantly sexy memoir of addiction. Clegg seems/seemed like a truly horrible human being with absolutely no regard for those who care anything about him; yet reading many parts of this book had me aching to live his Glamorous Life ("It ain't much") of flashy literary parties, hot yuppie boyfriends, and bleary-beautiful late nights in $500/night boutique hotels. Indeed, I REALLY appreciated that he didn't turn this into a tale of repentance, recovery, treacly sentiment, unending mea culpas as so many of his fellow addicts do, focusing instead on the exquisite disaster of his downward spiral and letting the existence of the book and his resurrected reputation stand in for his complete (we hope?) rehabilitation.
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