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Good Lust Charm with a Chill Technique (New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance Book 2) by [Briglia, Sebastian]
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"Good title (New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance), good story. Firm grasp on the creative and technical aspects of this particular art. There's definitely a market for this story, maybe even a film. Underground of course. The story comes off as a potential cult classic." -Gideon Elrod, Booksie.com

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  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sebastian Briglia (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00889O308
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found myself reading lines over and over, not because I couldn't understand them, but because I wanted to memorize them. Meticulous insight and inspired perceptions jump off of every page. Briglia writes, “Cheesiness combined with confidence often creates an air of authority,” which sounds like magical wisdom which had been hidden from me all these years. He says, “I have an aversion to any kind of group pride,” which is the expression of a person whose ennui has gravitas. Despite that heroin is likely a key to these doors of perception—the doors are truly open here, and one becomes wiser for having read Good Lust Charm.

Much like Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries, this book is the first person narration of a fearless Kerouacian—he’s whimsical and lyrical, brutally honest and erotic, wild with flavors and tastes and the insider’s nod that you have finally arrived where it’s at. This is a fantastic story and I look forward to more from Sebastian Briglia.
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there are 2 kinds of people in this world: the kind of people who wake up in the morning and say to themselves, today i may die and i choose to live as if i will never get another chance make the choices i will make today. i will make those choices and i will live like a god. the others watch reality tv. read this dang book before you die.
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Sebastian Briglia first started shooting up in dormitories between studying for exams at a New Jersey college. His story flashes between two time zones: 1) his post-college "new life" in Vancouver, Canada, where he is planning a sober existence as a journalist, since an editorial assistant position has opened at Cannabis Culture Magazine and 2) the all out drug fest that was Tuscarora College. In both time zones, doping women are his partners in crime. There's Sabrina (a college distraction from his crush on Jennifer), Jennifer (who has a fiancé, but he ends up sleeping with her anyway), and Raven (who travels with him to Canada and with whom he engages in many a drug-induced romp). The women are as much a substance to the protagonist as heroin itself. And though a huge part of him wants to be sober when he hits Canada, he can't help but relapse for the majillionth time.

This unabashed, richly detailed book makes the gritty reality of heroin addiction accessible and unromantic. Desperate for drug money, Sebastian "sells himself to science," enrolling in multiple medical studies on the physiological effects of heroin, speed and other drugs to get a free high, mentioning the times he was "too busy scratching and nodding to do anything." He does jail time (sleeping on the floor with a roll of toilet paper under his head due to overcrowding), freezes and sweats through withdrawal, and accidentally shoots up coke thinking it's white powder Chinese heroin.

No anecdote or description ever feels meant for shock value; it's all just a matter-of-fact telling infused with reflections on the thought process of an addict. Sebastian shows us how vulnerable we are to addiction, while reminding us that the high never lasts. No matter how much we try to divorce ourselves from reality, it is always there, waiting.
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This is not just another story about a good kid gone astray. There are many of those here. It's a reminder that we're one step away from the animal kingdom, always one step away from being divested of those dreams that keep us, existentially, intact. As we can see in this novella, we try to keep them safe from a savage reality by finding a supplement, which can very easily become a permanent substitute. I think Briglia's story is narrated without shame and it has just the right dose of realism and fantasy, of autobiography, quixotic episodes, and detective suspense. I think that in a couple of years the author will go from being a promising new writer to a great one.
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