For extra credit, invite students to give up some habit or luxury for the period of time you are studying Dry. The students should keep a journal of the experience, discuss how they are coping to a daily routine that does not involve a preferred convenience.
Portraits of Addiction
Individuals with substance abuse problems - particularly those who achieve great things despite them - are a popular topic of films. As a class, watch selections from three films that deal unsparingly with the addiction of their subjects: Pollock, Sid and Nancy, and Trainspotting. How do these portraits compare to Augusten Burroughs' memoir.
Augusten Burroughs' DRY is likely one of the two most famous portraits of addiction to come out in the last fifteen years. The other is James Frey's A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, which achieved notoriety for being partially fabricated. As a class, read...
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