By Jack Erdmann

To a newly sober individual, the realm could be a scary position. attractive messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts now not provide a well-recognized get away path. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's little ones, Jack Erdmann bargains a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook presents very important navigational bearings for secure passage in the course of the risks of early restoration.

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I ask Steve. ” “Well, we gotta talk about this because I’m pretty sure he’s using. ” “Oh, right. I forgot. ” “What is that? ” “Yeah. It’s not like a real problem; he just likes it a lot. ” 37 A Bar on Every Corner I look over at him, his shoulder-length hair and his duct-taped jacket. ” The world and the twilight are coming in, creeping. ” “It’s not easy to find roommates, Dad. ” And I’m the farthest gone. It’s a good house, a clean house; it’s the seed-place of all the houses I’ll live in with substance and dignity.

My dog is about three feet from the right front tire of the green Impala. Her chest looks crushed and her back is obviously broken. There isn’t a lot of blood. She’s just lying there floppily. “Fucking right in front of me,” the driver says. He’s not much more than a kid, and he’s very pale. “At least she’s dead,” I say. ” “Jesus, I’m sorry. It came right out at my turn, you know? ” 43 A Bar on Every Corner “Yeah,” I say, “well she liked to chase cars. ” I don’t want him to feel bad, and I can’t feel much of anything.

I know about relief. I know I need not to feel the way I’ve felt; not to be the way I am; not to hurt like a piece of torn flesh; not to be afraid; and not to have to see Time in front of me like an empty furnished room, like the rooms I’d been in with my family that had felt seedy. But sanity? I wouldn’t know it if it bit me. When was I sane? When I felt good? Is that sanity? Are you sane if you feel good when everything is miserable? Was I sane sitting on a pony in St. Louis, eight years old? Was I sane hustling real estate?

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