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The Long Run (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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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: #16,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 50 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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93 of 114 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More about being a drunk than a runner October 31, 2011
By T. L.
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial February 5, 2012
By LL
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Most of the single is a description about the author's drug days. It's a well-written and easy read but nothing new or terribly interesting here if you're familiar with addiction at all... He's a smart guy who doesn't care, blah blah blah, uses drugs, blah blah, "Strong" enough to just quit drugs cold-turkey--no program, counseling not helpful, blah... Running ultra-long distances "saved" him.

In purchasing this single I was more interested in the running-redemption connection than anything else, as in how running made him feel or how it changed his perspective or how it helped him confront issues of his past. I didn't get any of that in this book. I saw no real growth in the author-- only the discovery that pushing himself to his utmost physical limit distracted him enough to allow him to be able to hold back his drug addiction. If he were to be injured again for a long period of time it seems there'd be a high potential for falling back on old behaviors.
It's not that I expected him to emerge at the end a totally cured, perfect human being, I just expected more of a delve into the personal and philosophical connection between running and recovering rather than a mere description of how he started running.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and depressing January 23, 2012
By Richman
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It sounds like a great story, but in reality, this authors memoir is extremely dark and depressing although it is very well written.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars self aggrandizement? January 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping to be inspired January 4, 2012
By JC
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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
By Ben
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars glimpses of greatness
As a stay at home mother of two, my life is filled with snack time, play dates, meal planning. Yet Mishka somehow manages to take me on this hair raising journey with him... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Running to face and conquer you demons
Shubaly's insight into facing his vices and issues is very interesting. It is hard for me to imagine the path he went down but made me appreciate his determination in getting his... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mark Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very talented writer, very personal story
Amazing writer sharing really personal story. So many lines hit home for me with my own struggles and demons, but reading this brought me away from my own drama tonight, so... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lisa Miele
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A quick and entertaining read.
Published 4 days ago by Dawn Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Moving story by a grizzled hunk of man, hard to put down once you start and leaves you wanting more!
Published 8 days ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars how he beat his demons and some intimate revelations will be...
No nonsense book about overcoming one addiction to replace it with another. People who are expecting insight into why the author is an alcoholic, how he beat his demons and some... Read more
Published 21 days ago by ailishb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiring at a most difficult time in my life! Thank you Mishka for sharing.
Published 27 days ago by Janet Priest
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Has a nice cadence to the storytelling like running.
Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly love this author. Highly recommended reading.
Published 1 month ago by Claudia Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An easy recreational, smart read. If you enjoy non-fiction, this is one that should be on your list.
Published 1 month ago by KFenner
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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?

www.mishkashubaly.com
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"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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