[Read] ➲ Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir Author James Salant – Thomashillier.co.uk

Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir Leaving Dirty Jersey Is The Compellingly Crafted Tale Of James Salant S Descent Into Crystal Meth Addiction Written At The Age Of Only Twenty Two, This Memoir Chronicles His Year Long Addiction With Complete Honesty And Heartbreaking Candour.Brought Up In A Stable, Middle Class Family, The Second Son Of Two Therapists, He Was Introduced To Heroin At Seventeen By His Brother Joe This Resulted In A Spell In Rehab Where He Met A Bunch Of Ex Convicts, And He Soon Fell Into The Thuggish, Drifting Lifestyle Of Meth Addiction It Was To Take A Near Psychotic Event To Finally Get Him To Clean Up.With Graphic Descriptions Of Life On Crystal Meth The Insatiable Sex Drive, The Paranoia, The Desperate Need For Drugs To Sustain The High James Writing Mimics The Emotional Detachment Of The Drug And The Wired Yet Aimless Life It Induces His Voice Is So Open And Authentic, It Is Hard To Believe He Is Still So Young.Given The Nickname Dirty Jersey, While Living As A Tough Guy Junkie In California, James Had It Tattooed On The Inside Of His Left Arm There It Remains As A Graphic And Permanent Reminder Of His Past Life As A Junkie.


10 thoughts on “Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir

  1. says:

    As bad as you can t believe it is How this got published is beyond me Take out the F bombs and you have very little to read Most of that is repetitive.Threaten your children with this book If you do meth you ll write as badly as this guy


  2. says:

    I might be being a bit picky here Being a dope fiend memoir elitist and all Yet, one would think if an author was writing their tell all drug addict memoir, they d at the very least have been a dope fiend longer than it took to get the book published James Salant ran away from rehab and shot speed for a year, then wrote a book about it Ok, sure, shooting speed sucks Hanging out with speed freaks and ex cons sucks Endlessly masturbating to internet porn really has to suck Even just the thought of actually living in a trailer park in some podunk town in SoCal sucks But doing it for just a year justifies writing a memoir Don t get me wrong, the misery of addiction shouldn t be measured by time or even quality It s no fun no matter how you look at it But the majority of the first hundred pages of Leaving Dirty Jersey is nothing but Salant retelling how many times he shot up, with who, and how tweaked he got I realize there s a good deal of repetition to a meth head s existence, but man, oh man, enough is enough To be absolutely honest I couldn t finish the book I tired, god knows I tried But Salant s voice sounded so sophomoric as to be unreliable that I was unmoved and didn t really care what the hell happened to him as it appeared that nothing but the same old tedious boredom of continuous meth use was on the menu I m surprised an editor didn t address ...


  3. says:

    I really really dug this book Such a shameless warts and all account of meth addiction It s a subject that seems over shadowed by the hipness of heroin memiors, but meth heads make for much better reading, and it s a common story that s yet to be told so well.The most impressive thing about Leaving Dirty Jersey is its honesty Unlike a certain un named Memior I m currently reading, James Frey , which truly does whiff a little of bullshit.Anyways I dig the way Salant portrays the paranoia in conversations, it s like a reading between the bullshit writing approach, where you can see right through the characters different fronts, but they still seem mostly likeable and real He deliberately portrays himself in the same light, which I think is what makes the book so believable The actual events and goings on seem dramatic, but not dramatised They are written with a tempo and urgency that gives an understanding of the state of mind of meth addicts Nothi...


  4. says:

    What I learned from this book is that there are three major compulsive behaviors exhibited by meth addicts tweaking, rooting and sketching I also learned that, pathos aside, meth can be as funny as crack Lastly, I learned that if you are a suburban kid obsessed with recreating yourself a la the thug life and become a hollow and disgusting drug addict, it helps to ...


  5. says:

    Bored, tired of reading books with facts and statistics Yes, so was I This book is a great, fun read The main character Jim the author James Salant keeps you on the edge of your seat James doesnt waste your time trying to give you statistics on drugs, drug use or even how meth is produced This is his story of addiction, from beginning t...


  6. says:

    I m not gonna lie, I mostly read this because I like New Jersey ask me about my tattoo It s about a tough guy who moves from New Jersey to California to be tough, which is m y life story too, but ultimately it s the story of a rich kid with rich parents who decides to be a badass on his parents money, talking about how smart he was for scamming his parents money, telling stories about how Oh man I w as so fucked up I wanted acknowledgment of the privilege he had, and instead I got a bunch of, y know, gritty stories about the harsh seedy realities of the drug world Whatever There s also, at the end, him being like, So all these great things happened and helped me turn my life around because I m lucky, when I wanted him to be like because I m white, come from money, and ultimately the stakes for the shit I was pulling were never really that high I could always just go home Which is annoying And also in the end when he s like, I figured out that being tough just isn t cool, I m like, Well, then why are you writing a book about how tough you are were I think the answer might be that his paradigm is, exploit what privilege you ve got, which feels gross to me Still, I read it, it was readable, he writes well enough I didn t throw it across the room I m just, like, whatever I m not sure why I read the whole t...


  7. says:

    Humm I am not really sure how I feel about this book I don t want to give it a bad review because it was ok, I just felt that some of it may have been fabricated How could a guy so strung out on meth and heroin remember such definite details of what happened to him, where it happened, and when it all happened I just don t know It was really hard to feel bad for him James , the author and subject of this memoir I didn t feel sorry for him, I couldn t understand what he was going through, why he was going through it and I couldn t underst...


  8. says:

    What the hell is a String T Shirt and why is everyone in Riverside wearing one All I can picture is those ugly 80 s muscle T s Or a net tank top, which is equally silly, and I doubt worn by many LA junkies in the 2000 s Anyhoo I agree with other s reviews that this book seemed like a long brag session than any insight into addiction I still don t know what compelled him to fall so far, and it sounds like his finally going straight was mostly accidental I felt the youth of the author was obvious the book is completely lacking in wisdom The value of this book I have encountered junkies and cranksters I ve read the horrible poetry, I ve had an uncle who heard voices, had a porn addiction, and ended up shooting himself in the head Even though I wanted to know about what drove the addiction, what the drug actually feels like what it provides for the addict, at least the scenes described were authentic, and I can understand my friend s uncle s compulsions a bit .Finally, I found this book in the Young Adult section of the library, and have to say I m going to be careful at what age I let my girls begin to peruse the Young Adult books come on shooting up in his dick Anal sex with a crack whore Honestly, if my daughters want to read about addiction, I d rather they read A Million Little Pieces, even if they need to read it as a novel rather than a memoir That book is a much better written portrait of addiction recovery, but it s in the Adult section I wonder ...


  9. says:

    If you look at James Salant s author photo on the back of this book, you see a baby faced kid, admittedly very cute, trying to look tough Leaving Dirty Jersey is 23 year old Salant s story of his crippling drug addiction, and his author photo is misleading All his life, he wanted to be tough and now, with this book, all he wants to do is come clean, in ways than one The book is gritty and real, allowing people like me who think getting fucked up is drinking a few too many cranberry and vodkas a look at the other side In his writing, Salant is both self conscious and courageous, as there are things in this book that you d never want to tell anyone, let alone everyone With tales of banging bitches in dirty hotel rooms, shooting up in trailer park bathrooms, and desperate...


  10. says:

    Uninteresting people doing uninteresting things with no clear voice, creativity or point People float in and out of the story with almost no characterization outside of their direct interations with the main character, with slight exceptions in the author s brother Jon and his best friend Wendy Gross overuse of the word fuck and a handful of pandering to west coast audiences, though that could be considered a clever nod to the content.Hones...


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