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A Drinking Life by Pete Hamill
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Feb 19, 2012

did not like it
Read from February 03 to 19, 2012

Less about drinking and more about his childhood, his obsession with comics and art, and his transition into a newsman. The drinking is just a very thin thread that is woven throughout his life. Not particularly compelling or engaging to me. His character seems very inflated and unlikable. Emotionless and matter-of-fact throughout, like a newsman should be, I suppose, but it made him hard to relate to. Also, his treatment of how he quit drinking seems to minimize the struggles others have had with addiction. I don't begrudge him his sobriety, but he does the recovery community a disservice by acting so above everyone else. We can't all be as awesome as Pete Hamill.

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02/09/2012 "About 20% done. Not enjoying it. Not what I thought it would be. Glad it's a library book. No mention of his own drinking yet. Struggling to even want to continue at this point. Dull."

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