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June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Virtual Author Series: Neal Pollack & Rick Moody


June 17, 2020
7:00 pm

Books & Books presents…



Pothead: My Life as a Marijuana Addict in the Age of Legal Weed

(Central Recovery Press, $18.95) 

Wednesday, June 17, 7pm 

FREE & LIVE Via Crowdcast 




About the Book:

A poignantly funny account of renowned writer and humorist Neal Pollack’s years as a marijuana addict. This is the Neal Pollack, the one who Rolling Stone dubbed the “Hot Writer of the Millennium” in 2000 and wrote the very first story for the first issue of McSweeney’s. His stories are hilarious with a hint of perspective, including one about his falling out w/Dave Eggers, the telling of the story acting as a long-overdue olive branch. Neal navigates life as a husband, father, and writer while high as a kite most of the time and we’re left wondering how he is able to hold it all together…until he doesn’t. He loses his mother, which causes him to spiral even more out of control and find a new addiction: gambling. But once his father becomes terminally ill, Neal puts the breaks on the gambling too and handles his father’s end-of-life needs in a way he never would have been able to while he was smoking pot. Pothead is not a book of statistics, it’s a humorous, anecdotal, and cautionary tale with the benefit of hindsight of the negative impact and addictive effect that marijuana can have on your life.







About the Author:

NEAL POLLACK is the author of 10 previously published books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling memoirs Alternadad and Stretch, the cult classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, the novels Never Mind The Pollacks, Jewball, Repeat, and Keep Mars Weird, and Downward-Facing Death and Open Your Heart, a pair of “yoga mysteries.” Pollack is currently the editor-in-chief of Book and Film Globe. His 25-year freelance credits include a column in Vanity Fair, as well as GQ, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, Slate, Salon, Nerve, The Federalist, The Drive, Yahoo!, Esquire, The Jewish Daily Forward, Decider, and many other publications large and small. A three-time Jeopardy! Champion, a former correspondent for The Cannabist, and a certified yoga instructor, Pollack lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife (the painter Regina Allen), their son Elijah, and a Boston Terrier named Briar.
About the Moderator:
RICK MOODY is the author of six novels, three collections of stories, two memoirs, and a collection of essays on music. His most recent publication is: THE LONG ACCOMPLISHMENT, a memoir, due out in paperback from Henry Holt and Company this August. He writes regularly about music for The Rumpus, and other publications. He teaches writing a Brown University, and lives with his family in Cranston, Rhode Island.