By Sam Lansky
Sharply humorous and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a “powerful addition to the literature of energetic dependancy and restoration” (New York Times bestselling writer invoice Clegg) from debut writer Sam Lansky.
The Gilded Razor is the real tale of a double existence that New York Times bestselling writer George Hodgman referred to as “virtuosic.” by means of the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was once an all-star pupil with Ivy League aspirations in his ultimate 12 months at an elite ny urban prep college. yet a bad dependancy to prescription drugs spiraled speedily uncontrolled, compounded via a string of reckless affairs with older males, leaving his shiny destiny in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he attempted to straighten out. but as he journeyed from the glittering streets of ny, to a wasteland boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he in simple terms stumbled on extra possibilities to create chaos—until ultimately, he started to face himself.
within the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his personal existence as a tender addict and exposes profoundly common anxieties. advised with awesome sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age tale of searing honesty and lyricism and “one of the easiest photos concerning the implacable strength of dependancy” (Susan Cheever, bestselling writer of Drinking in America).
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I slid into the passenger seat. The temper within the motor vehicle felt heavy. To so much seventeen-year-olds, I imagined, university represented liberation, a interval of unending probability, yet for me, the belief of being shackled to academia for an additional 4 years used to be laborious. i used to be what I loved to name myself in matches of self-description a “lazy overachiever” or a “failed perfectionist”—a lethal mixture of ambition and sloth. collage might simply be the subsequent position the place i might try and fail within the pursuit of excellence, and thus detest myself for it. As I sat within the passenger seat and regarded this line of concept, I couldn’t aid yet consider a thrill of conceited superiority: To be already so sour as I toured one of many nation’s such a lot prestigious faculties felt just like the final mark of ways very grownup I had develop into. definitely it increased me above the ranks of naively positive highschool seniors who have been certainly enthusiastic about college—those little ones weren’t as refined as i used to be. It took years for me to benefit that there has been a distinction among cynicism and adulthood. In that vehicle that day, they looked to be one. My father appeared over at me with a type of pleasant disdain. “You be aware of that every little thing you personal smells like smoke, correct? ” he stated. “I recognize, Dad,” I acknowledged. “Just checking. ” As he grew to become the most important within the ignition, I took out my iPod and wear my father’s noise-canceling headphones. We cruised onto the street. I rolled down my window and enable my arm drape lazily at the body of the auto door, feeling the chilliness of the wind erecting the downy hairs on my arm. It used to be nonetheless early within the morning, and sunrise used to be crisp and transparent. The bushes on Riverside force have been starting to flip. Autumn used to be a welcome respite from the steaming warmth of the recent York summer—my first complete ny summer time, the brutality of which had astonished me. town festered and stank, scorching mist emerging in a scalding cloud from the subway grates the place, under, i may listen the shrill whistle of trains piercing the muggy evening. Even my cigarettes had wilted. My father hated the summer season warmth up to I did, even though we either had spent a lot of the season away—I went to Oregon to determine my now-single mom, whereas he took common work journeys punctuated by way of weekends away with Jennifer. at the infrequent events that we have been either within the urban whilst, we sprawled around the front room sofa, saturated with perspiration, panting like wounded animals whereas the air conditioner clicked and whirred, straining opposed to the sauna that used to be the town. unusually, I enjoyed these sweaty moments with my father, these circumstances of shared agony, although I lacked the emotional intelligence to ever inform him so. On a few point i need to have well-known the importance of these instances simply because I locked them away in my brain as proof that there has been a bond among us extra significant than blood. i may see it, yet I couldn’t fairly entry it; I couldn’t translate it into genuine affection. On these days, which i may have spent lolling round within the warmth, my father could fast develop stressed, desiring to busy himself with shuffling bureaucracy at his table or leaving to take a jog via significant Park.