ABOUT BILL CLEGG

Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.

What is it that leads an exceptional young mind to want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life — and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern — not its cause — can be traced to the past.

 

BOOKS AND MUSIC SELECTED BY BILL CLEGG

BOOKS
  • A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Something Rising (Light and Swift) by Haven Kimmel
  • The Path of Minor Planets by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
  • "Peire Vidal" by W. S. Merwin (from The Vixen)
  • Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein
  • Madeline Is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
  • "Ample Make this Bed" by Emily Dickinson (from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson)
  • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
SONGS AND ALBUMS
  • "What a Wonderful World" by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (Louis Armstrong recording)
  • "Idiot Wind" (from Blood on the Tracks) by Bob Dylan
  • Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens
  • Flying Cowboys by Rickie Lee Jones
  • Harvest by Neil Young

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