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Drugs: A Novel Paperback – May 22, 2012
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and captures the tragic absurdity of human life. . . . [H]e’s right up there with the
best of them.” —Robert Crumb
“Helton . . . writes with passion, clarity, and fairness.”
—Harvey Pekar, author of American Splendor
“Just when you think there’s nothing to new to say about drugs, Drugs marches out
whole new ways to fuck up your brain, your life, and basically anyone insane or
unlucky enough to cross your path. This is a truly riveting, mind-altering read,
not to be missed.”
—Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
“Appearances can be deceiving—JR Helton’s wonderful book is not so much about “Drugs” as it is about growing up in America as viewed through the prism of our national past-time. Funny and poignant, Helton has delivered a book that would make Mark Twain proud—it’s hilarious, true and subversive—a perfect piece of modern American writing.”—Tony O'Neill author of Down and Out on Murder Mile and Sick City
“For three days straight, I did Drugs. The straightforward matter-of-fact prose — reminiscent of William S. Burroughs’ classic memoir Junky — latched onto my brain and wouldn’t let go until the final page.”
— Broken Pencil
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Top Customer Reviews
But Drugs isn't just brain candy; it resonates on a deeper level. And not in the way many might think. This fictionalized memoir is not a sappy, apologetic story of recovery from addiction. In fact, as we read Jake's refreshingly honest account of drug use (some trips are actually kind of awesome), we find we are also reading a biting critique of American attitudes toward drugs and drug users--and of the insidious effects of this country's War on Drugs. In his terse, unaffected prose, Helton offers an alternative proposition: that people should have the right to control their own consciousness.
Drugs entertains and enlightens. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazon suggested I check out this book based on recent book purchases, happy I tried it out! Arrived quickly, brand new condition. Great read.Published on March 3, 2013 by JM
Another great book by JR Hilton...
Everyone in the world should read this book.
Thanks so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A must read and a great cover by R.Crumb
Well at least not much of a traditional novel as there are only the faintest hints of character arcs, begining, climax and ending. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer