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The Long Run (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews Review

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: #4,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 56 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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95 of 118 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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47 of 57 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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29 of 34 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The long run June 18, 2012
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The Long Run written by Mishka Shubaly is a shocking book that describes his addiction to alcohol and drugs and the inevitable tailspin he finds himself falling into. It initially describes some of the lows he eventually fell to, "One Sunday, we ran dry and made screwdrivers with rubbing alcohol." (Shubaly, 2011 pg. 8) but then what transpires as he realizes he needs to give that life up and start running is what makes the book interesting.
The book begins; describing his drinking troubles and various moves from Massachusetts to Colorado and eventually back to New York by way of Colorado again. Shubaly finally got his undergraduate degree. It wasn't easy for him though, as he describes "More than once, I woke in the middle of the night, crying uncontrollably.....I got straight A's." So even though he was barely functioning alcohol, he still did well at school. Later his plan was to either go to rehab or grad school. He moved back to Manhattan with $300. He applied to one school, saving his last $75 for the application, which ironically he had to use to pay for an open container ticket. He paid it and then borrowed the application fee and lo and behold was accepted to Columbia University. It is amazing that someone as screwed up as he is, was able to graduate with an undergraduate degree, let alone a Master's.
Shubaly's darkest period came about at this time. He moved onto songwriting and made a name for himself (sort of) and proceeded to up his addiction to various drugs - Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana (a narcotic made famous by the movie "Drug store Cowboy's.) The downward spiral continued.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial February 5, 2012
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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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71 of 89 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 Five Stars
The real story of two good runners. Fun read.
Published 2 days ago by PK Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about commitment and perseverance
Such an honest story about life and the personal troubles we go through. Encouraging words for anyone going thru a hard time. Great writing!
Published 16 days ago by amy simonitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent inspirational story
Published 23 days ago by L. Schreiber
3.0 out of 5 stars Personal development book
Ebook about how we could take courage and overpass passthrough difficult situations. Personal development and that their is always a solution for problems
Published 1 month ago by Sofia Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading about Mishka's journey to sobriety
Loved reading about Mishka's journey to sobriety. I love that he doesn't make any promises about the future or try to make himself out to be someone he's not.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen D Wyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
haven't read it as yet
Published 2 months ago by Clyde Cameron
3.0 out of 5 stars 4star. Any recovering addict can relate to this book, struggles with...
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.
Published 2 months ago by debora
4.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting it to be more about running but it was really a story...
an interesting read, I was expecting it to be more about running but it was really a story of overcoming addiction and depression and the part that running took in that journey-... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Kreider
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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
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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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