Alan Kaufman's DRUNKEN ANGEL Speaks To The Work In Progress That We All Are
Apr 25, 2012
I hae always smiled at signs that read "WORK IN PROGRESS" or "PLEASE PARDON OUR MESS WHILE WE IMPROVE TO BETTER SERVE YOU". I think because I have come to realize how in one way or another all of us are a work in progress, in need of some work to be our best selves.
That is definitely true of Alan Kaufman, and he has chronicled his rollercoaster ride in the book DRUNKEN ANGEL for all of us to read, learn from and enjoy.
It's not easy to bare your soul this way, but Alan used his own experiences to show us all what is possible and what can come from our hitting the lows and ascending to new heights.
I have had the opportunity to interview Alan for my radio show Conversations LIVE as well, and it occurred to me during that conversation that he---like so many of us---had some good come from the darkness. It led him to writing, and through that writing he is able to let others see what is possible and where they can go in their own lives as well.
DRUNKEN ANGEL in its very title also alludes to something else: we are all just imperfect beings trying to make the most of our time here. Just because we have made mistakes and haven't always lived up to our best doesn't mean that good times and good experiences are beyond us.
This is one of those books that speaks to you on many levels, but at the end of the day you will not be able to look at life the same. Simple, satisfying and full of lessons for all that are willing to learn, DRUNKEN ANGEL proves that no matter how much work it takes we can still come out better on the other side.
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Cyrus Webb (Cyrus_Webb)
I am the President of Conversations Book Club, host of Conversations LIVE Radio and the Take Time To Read Literacy Campaign. Information can be found at www.conversationsmag.com.
"Anyone looking for an extraordinarily well-written tale of personal redemption, of overcoming addiction and finding a joyous and rewarding life on the other side, get a copy of Drunken Angel and read it, cover to cover. You’ll be glad you did." Addiction Treatment
"This type of memoir can often feel predictable, but what makes Kaufman's stand out is the passion with which he throws himself into recovery In a less talented writer's hands, a work like this might have come off like testimonial, but Kaufman is an amazing writer who really nails the recovery milieu. His work reminds me of Harry Crews, who famously presented on the page the poverty stricken deep South of his own childhood. What Crews did for depression-era Georgia sharecroppers, Kaufman does for people recovering in 12-step programs. Drunken Angel tells in pitch-perfect language and tone what recovery from alcoholism by going to 12-step meetings is like Kaufman has a great capacity to surprise and delight a testament to the human spirit and will to survive." Internet Review of Books
"Kaufman who also wrote the books Matches” and Jewboy” describes wild and dangerous binge drinking as powerfully as masters of the genre, like Charles Bukowski and Frederick Exley." The Jewish Daily Foreword Reviews
In more than two hundred pages of blistering hangovers, park bench nights, and fistfights, Kaufman becomes a celebrated writer and avant garde...