So, too, with love, or at least her wish to be loved. A man telling me he wanted to fuck me, whispering it into my ear, it was like a sip of whiskey. It was a place haunted more than most by the ghosts of famous alcoholic writers. Some of the Iowans—Carver and Johnson, for instance—managed to stop drinking and keep writing.
Others drank to the bitter, and often premature, end. Five years later, he threw himself off a Minneapolis bridge. Thrall becomes subjection, and the beast turns out to be not so much contained as imprisoned.
Writing had not redeemed him, and he did not want anyone, including himself, to be deluded into thinking that it had, or that it could. The next day, back at the scene of the fire, she finds a stocking in the debris and shows it off to her mother, who chastises her for picking it up. She goes on:. Chained to alcohol, she can only bark at the sky. You drank; period. The sheer brute fact of it is the only one that matters. Neither are you the author of the story that, according to Jamison and millions of others, may set you free—nor, evidently, is anyone else.
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She had tried twice to stop drinking, but resisted going to A. The book also grants alcoholics company, and its first-person-plural voice assures them that they are afflicted with one of the myriad illnesses to which all of us are vulnerable. That theory, or any theory that addiction is a disease in the conventional sense—a form of suffering with a biological cause—remains theoretical.
Strong familial links have been established, and there are differences in brain chemistry between addicts and nonaddicts, but these remain correlational, and plausibly the result of addiction rather than its cause. The trouble with alcohol lies not in the bottle or in our organic chemicals but in ourselves, and not in our individual constitutions but in the misbegotten conception of self under which each of us labors: that we must be the authors of our own life stories. We all suffer from these high expectations, alcoholics no more or less than anyone else.
But they have encountered the limits of self-will in a particularly dire way. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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