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The Long Run (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated.

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What happens when an out-of-shape, drug-addled, 30-year-old alcoholic goes running for the first time? Read on. In the Kindle Single, The Long Run, Mishka Shubaly chronicles his misspent twenties with intoxicating language. "Alcohol," he says, "is a great aggregator: when you are drinking to excess, every problem seems to fall under that umbrella." And Shubaly had problems aplenty, including self-loathing, an appetite for self-destruction, and a disdain for sobriety (which he experienced as relentless anxiety, agony, and amplified boredom). When the author accidentally discovers that running puts his demons at bay better than top-shelf bourbon, he begins to shed his old life and becomes something he never wanted to be: a runner, an ultra-distance runner at that. If running is a substitute addiction, Shubaly says, it's "the dreariest, most painful, least thrilling addiction I have ever experienced." The charms of Shubaly's writing are many: his adoring metaphors for drinking reveal it as his true unrequited love; his self-examination has Thoreau-like depth; and his exposition transforms the pedestrian into the sublime. What's more, Shubaly is earnestly obstinate, yet capable of change; a nihilist, and yet he seeks meaning; a walking contradiction and a joy to spend time with on paper. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 124 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ANFPG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self Pity Eloquence December 1, 2011
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I hoped this book would be more about running through your problems, but 90% of it is the author working on how many ways that he can convince you that he was the hardest core druggie/alcoholic ever. He's good at it, and he's eloquent, but it's a book about self hate more than running as a metaphor.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars self aggrandizement? January 25, 2012
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After reading some of the reviews for both of this author's books, I am conflicted. While he is a good writer in terms of descriptive terms, I think he falls into a trap of glorifying his addictions - ad nauseam.
I rapidly skimmed through most of this mini-kindle book as well as his other one - in one day - and made a resolution to not read him again.
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95 of 117 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More about being a drunk than a runner October 31, 2011
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Maybe I was hoping for something different. I don't think I was expecting something as inspiring as Dean Karnazes' "Run," but I also wasn't expecting something as depressing as this book turned out to be. Percentage-wise, 80% of this book is about the author's adventures and exploits as an alcoholic and drug-addict, and about 20% of the book is about running. I do appreciate the author's honesty--he's every bit as nihilistic as he claims to be. I'm giving it two stars because the author can at times be humorous, and the ending story about helping Luis on his 100-miler was a great story to end with. Other than that, the book is somewhat choppy (there's really not a flow that the reader can easily piece together), and was over the top with profanity at times. The author has talent and potential as a writer, and I would encourage him to keep writing and honing his skill. I would consider buying his material again in the future, but would hope that he would title the book in accordance with the primary subject of the book. Just being honest; and as honest as Mishka seems, I'd think he would understand and appreciate my honesty. :)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping to be inspired January 4, 2012
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but I wasn't. This felt more like an oral report than a memoir. I kept waiting for the "story" to begin vs. just the rattling off of drugs, running... alcohol, running. I wasted my money.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars why read it? why write it? November 21, 2011
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I'm all about recovery and survival books. But I found myself wondering if he wrote this just so he could tell us all his negative thoughts. Kept looking for some conclusion, something cheerful, no he died, what was the point? Just because he was a doper drunk and became a runner does not make his story good to read. The story is what it is but I did not like his attitude or the tempo of the book or the way it was written or how it ended. Thankfully I read fast so for me the story ended quickly.
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71 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite Garbage, Not Uplifting January 16, 2012
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His story overall is tragic, but it doesn't have the redemption of being inspirational or funny. It's the most depressing and vulgar book I've read in the last year. His nihilistic attitude towards life and even running surprisingly enough, is a total turn off. Don't waste your money or pollute your conscioussness with this garbage!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was this book about running? January 24, 2012
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While reading this book, I got the feeling that it was crafted more as a project required by the author's AA 12-step program than out of having anything to actually say. We are introduced to a 30-something who is working in a bar, has his friend/colleague beat up one night, and after taking a taxi home that night is forced to run back to work the next day in order to pick up his bike. And, gee, it's been a long time since he's run before, and maybe he should start running again so why not sign up for a half-marathon.

After this intro, you are treated to reading story after story of his misspent youth, drinking and doing drugs. This is fine as a reader - you have to expect some back story in a tale about an individual - but you really don't get back to anything related to running until about the 55% mark. We get it, you drank a lot. You were doing a lot of drugs. You like to use the f-bomb to get attention in your writing even though it's not really necessary, but obviously you or an editor thought it would make your story sound more "authentic" or "gritty". Protip: it didn't work.

By the time we get back to running, I'm not sure what really happens with the story. Everything is extremely disjointed, nothing flows and it seems like the final chapters were just put there as ideas came out of the author's mind in ADD fashion. Apparently the author runs ultra-marathons now and... um, he likes them? I guess? The final portion of the book focuses on the author joining his friend in the final 30 miles of his friend's 100mi race; sort of an odd ending to a book which began solely focused on the author himself.

If you're looking for a running story, give this one a pass.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is an addiction book with very little running January 14, 2012
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Running may have saved Mishka from addiction, but this book isn't about running. There's a half marathon then a jump to ultras and 100 milers without reflection on the path to that level of running and its day-to-day effects. Indeed, it seems one addiction has replaced another.
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Such an honest story about life and the personal troubles we go through. Encouraging words for anyone going thru a hard time. Great writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading about Mishka's journey to sobriety
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I thought the beginning was a little hard to understand where the author was going and no mention of that buddy during or in conclusion left me wondering but I did enjoy the book.
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Published 2 months ago by J. Kreider
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Me gusto.
Published 2 months ago by Alan Febres
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for my run
The disorganized ramblings of a recovering drug and alcohol addict. In a good way. Couldn't put it down until it was time to go for my run.
Published 3 months ago by Mia Manns
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid read
If you are looking for a quick read about dealing with adversity, stress and running this is a good buy.
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More About the Author

After receiving an expensive MFA from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly quit writing to play music. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists.

His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.

Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?

"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times

"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York

"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice

"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
-Huffington Post

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