From an episode of BackstoryPresented by Melissa Cranenburgh


Backstory: ‘My Great, Big Addiction Book’

History is filled with extraordinarily talented artists who’ve had serious issues with substance abuse and addiction. Writer and essayist Leslie Jamison has compiled a literary history of some of these artists – John Cheever, Charles Parker and Amy Winehouse among them – interspersed with her story of substance abuse, and explores the troubled relationship between writers and booze as well as the difference in how male and female authors with substance abuse problems are regarded by the public. Leslie spoke to Mel Cranenburgh about The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath and opened up about how, in the world of art, it can be excruciatingly difficult – and detrimental to success – to kick the habit.

Leslie Jamison
Listen to Backstory: ‘My Great, Big Addiction Book’40:1928 November 2018