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How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to Z Paperback – November 7, 2000
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restraint after such a terrifying experience." -Penelope Fitzgearld
"Ann Marlowe is a. . .relentless moral essayist and a secret poet. Her book burns as it goes down one's craw, and it keeps burning in memory." --Luc Sante
"A self-portrait of a coolly cantankerous woman, reformed but unrepentant."--The New York Times
"The little black dress of dope books. Smart, sleek and savagely subtle, Ms. Marlowe is the most gifted druggie to pop out of Harvard since the late Timothy Leary."--Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"A self-portrait of a coolly cantankerous woman, reformed but unrepentant." --The New York Times
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How to Stop Time is an important contemporary contribution to the classic accounts of the seductive attractions and dangerous distractions of drug use.
In this hypnotic and piercingly intelligent chronicle, Ann Marlowe dissects her former heroin habit, and recounts in harrowing detail the rigors and realities of life under the influence while building a successful Wall Street career and establishing a reputation as a critic in the alternative press. A one-time Harvard grad student in philosophy, Marlowe ruthlessly examines the paradoxical nature of addiction, and connects her own experience to a wider discussion of heroin in the context of our post-consumer, digital society.
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It goes on and on: twenty percent of motorists cause eighty percent of accidents, twenty percent of those who marry comprise eighty percent of divorce statistics, and twenty percent of criminals account for eighty percent of all crime. (You can read about this in the book, "The 80/20 Principle" by Richard Koch.)
The 80/20 principle applies to addiction as well. Twenty percent of the people who use drugs account for eighty percent of all problems in our society caused by drug use. So, if I may extrapolate here, I would say that twenty percent of all people who use drugs become addicted. That leaves a lot of people who use drugs who don't become addicts, just as probably eighty percent of people who drink don't become alcoholics.
Unfortunately, I'm one of those twenty percenters. If I could blame someone for all my relapses (I can't), I would blame those eighty percenters who seem to be able to use without any damaging consequences. If they can do it, why can't I?
Ann Marlowe, who wrote "How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to Z", is one of those eighty percenters. And for some reason, she decided to write a memoir about addiction. Let me start off by saying she wrote a very interesting and entertaining book. I couldn't put it down...the same way I can't look away from a car crash. But what you've got is, basically, like a social drinker trying to write about what it's like to be an alcoholic. She says that taking heroin is a habit that requires self-discipline. Really? She disputes William Burroughs' characterization of addiction as "uncontrollable need." Mr. Burroughs was only, like, the God of junkie-dom. She's even made a confounding case that the the reason junkies use is because they actually want to be addicted. Wow!
Marlowe had me laughing out loud at her convoluted, elaborate arguments about the true nature of heroin use and addiction, which reminded me that there are few absolutes in this life. We don't see the world as it really is, we see it as we are.
Again, this was a fascinating, if not sometimes exhausting (she sent me to the dictionary a couple of times - valetudinarian?) read. But Marlowe's no expert on addiction and maybe she's not trying to be. Maybe she just pushed my intellectual-inferiority-complex buttons one too many times. After all, she is a Jewish, Ivy league-educated woman from New York City and I'm just a white boy from Alabama biding my time in prison.
Written by David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
The most notable part of this memoir was its structure-- the book was set up like a dictionary, stories and memories prompted by an alphabetical list of words (thus Heroin from A to Z). While other readers may have found this a bit gimmick-y, I truly enjoyed the shift from traditional memoir structure. As a fellow writer, it made me truly reflect on Marlowe's control of her words and writing-- something that I truly envy.
I'd really recommend this for anyone interested in memoirs, specifically those pertaining to addiction. I've read a lot of eating disorder memoirs-- not traditionally thought of as "addictions," but over the years I have realized that my own battle with anorexia was an addiction in and of itself.
5 STARS *****