For one, I think we assign that term to women far more often than we assign it to men. That strikes fear in my timid, little heart. I like being restricted to the cage of fact, the coop of reality.
Boyle, Jeffrey Eugenides, A. There are so many possibilities in fiction. It was frustrating to hear her say "alcohol abuse" and side step the word "alcoholic" and yet she would detail her attempts to stop, thinking she could have one beer and escalating to being worse than she was before in the matter of a month.
Me, I find fiction harder. Her publisher, Viking Penguin, describes it with the following: When a cherished but faltering romance leads her back to her childhood home, she sinks into emotional crisis The result is a blisteringly honest chronicle of the consequences of anger displaced, and the balm of anger discovered.
In short, I wonder how honest she was being even as she wrote the book. The book was interesting and had some great insights into why people drink, the situations they end up in when they do, etc.
Time magazine ran a cover story about female binge drinkers. Her drinking is more frequent and more extreme than mine ever was, and I consider myself to be an alcoholic.
Eventually, she sat down and wrote about it. Whereas memoir-writing is about facing cold, harsh realities. I feel sort of exiled from my own experiences. What also struck me is after all those years of drinking, she still talks about getting drunk from two Long Island Iced Teas.
Ultimately, I think a memoir leaves its author with more terror than comfort, more questions than closure. And that overwhelms me. Anyone else have the same observations of it?
The piece later became a chapter in her book. Homes, Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami. I wonder if she looks back and thinks she drank a lot less than she did. Without it, I feel a certain agoraphobia. God knows I had that abuse down pat. Naw, in reality, there are challenges to both.
It occurred to Zailckas, then 23, that she could offer a younger perspective. I actually found reading the book was not very helpful to me. The story can go absolutely anywhere.
It seems to me that anyone who drinks that often would have more of a tolerance than that.Koren Zailckas (born ) is a bestselling American writer and memoirist. Her debut, Smashed, was released in by Viking Penguin and became a New York Times bestseller.
Zailckas attended Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Massachusetts and Syracuse University. "Koren Zailckas, author of the book, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood never sought treatment, graduated college and began writing and formed a serious relationship, and ceased her dependence on alcohol.
Nov 24, · Smashed by Koren Zailckas I just finished "Smashed" by Koren Zailckas and want to jump in and talk about it somewhere, and this seems as good a place as any.
The book was interesting and had some great insights into why people drink, the situations they end up in when they do, etc. Koren remembered to never leave your girlfriends in public smashed, so she went as a chaperon.
What happened in the apartment isn't recalled, but Koren was relived to wake up with her clothes on. This morning served as a wake-up called to her, and she soon realized that she was alcohol depend and that it needed to end.
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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood is Koren Zailckas' account of life as an alcoholic. It traces her life from her first drink, when she was fourteen, to her last, at twenty-two; Smashed chronicles Zailckas' struggle with alcohol abuse, in an effort to explain the binge drinking phenomenon that plagues America's youth.Download