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The Adderall Diaries

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  • Title: The Adderall Diaries
  • Author: Stephen Elliott
  • ISBN: 9781555975388
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover

[PDF] Unlimited æ The Adderall Diaries : by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries, Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries In the spring of a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife Nina Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him he proclaims his innocence The case takes a twist when Nina s former lover and Hans s former best friend Sean Sturgeon confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard oIn the

The Adderall Diaries

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  1. I don t intend to demean the power of the addiction or sexual discovery narrative, and I don t want to demean those who may have found something relevant in Elliott s narrative And I fully admit that I may have missed something because I have not read any of Elliott s other works I wonder if I would have cared if I had read his other books But the fact remains that I did not care much about this book The narrative was flat and uninvolved The addiction barely registered as being damaging The bon [...]


  2. this book is quite a feat of love and a feat of pain and a feat of endurance elliott starts off with a bad case of writer s block then something comes up, a dude who just confessed to having killed than eight people eight and a half and another dude, dude 1 s friend, who s been arrested for having killed his ex wife elliott thinks these two stories are his ticket out of writer s block elliott is also putting into himself ever generous quantities of adderall, a synthetic amphetamine designed fo [...]


  3. Okay, first of all, Nine did a really good job with this book review show The stupid story about me and this book is that, y know the thing where folks were passing around advance copies of it Stephen Elliott sent advance copies to folks, who got to keep it for a week, then would forward it on to someone else What a great idea, right Except I had had it for three days when I lost my copy I think it probably fell out of my girlfriend s car somewhere up near Rockridge I live right where the book t [...]


  4. By page 40 I was annoyed by the number of typos OK, so that s a minor issue Or is it Maybe it s a sign of the complete lack of care that went into this book I don t know there s so much hype about this guy, and at the halfway point in this book, I m not finding him to be all that fantastic of a writer thinker story teller He s just a weirdo who s had some lucky breaks and some not so lucky breaks I mean, just becuase you tell us that you like having your nipples pinched until they bleed, are we [...]


  5. after Okay, here s another quicky book review This is a weird, rambly, disjointed book Right before I started it, I signed up for the Rumpus email list, and if you ve never read it, it s a daily dose of Stephen Elliott s weird, rambly, disjointed musings So I pretty much knew what I was getting into with this It wasn t bad or anything, and Elliott is a pretty interesting, pretty fucked up guy, whose head is an interesting place to muddle around in for a little while The book is kind of a hybrid [...]


  6. Is it weird to declare a memoir too self absorbed For a book that promises SM, murder, and drug addiction, this was one of the flattest pieces of writing I ve read in a long time Elliot is neither particularly likable or loathsome He s just there, rambling in this disorganized style with seemingly little effort built into developing a compelling narrative I put it down after I skimmed the entire third chapter for something of interest and came up short.


  7. This review or whatever it should be called was originally written for The Skinny magazine in Scotland Stephen Elliott is hooked on Adderall It s basically speed in a capsule, prescribed by his psychiatrist He takes too much sometimes he opens up the capsules and snorts the powder Sometimes he feels suicidal He lives in San Francisco and has a string of often undefined, blurry relationships with women Sometimes they tie him up, beat him, cut him.He thinks back to his youth as a runaway and tries [...]


  8. Stephen Elliot is definitely Stephen Elliott s favorite subject, but that s ok, b c he s really interesting There s a lot I found fascinating about him His constant seeking of SM relationships, yet not considering himself a lifestyle player His recollections of favorite scenes featuring play piercing, heavy floggings and canings, and his non identification as a heavy player His background, similar to my own, which must have endeared him to me, and made me devour this book, somehow fitting it in [...]


  9. This is an amazing accomplishment by Steve Elliott to weave together examinations of himself and his history, to use the framework of the Hans Reiser trial as permission to analyze his writer s block, his Adderall habit, and his relationship with his father And somehow while juggling all these narrative threads, he leads the reader on a cohesive journey.


  10. It occurred to me as I read this book that I had read something very similar a few months ago, a memoir called Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams Granted, there are obvious differences Elliott is a masochistic drug addict in San Francisco while Williams is a Mormon naturalist in Utah Yet they both managed to write very similar stories, ones in which they used these high profile events outside of themselves to help them make sense of their relationships with their parents, their families and themse [...]


  11. The Adderall Diaries is a mix of memoir and true crime The author Stephen Elliott has a troubled history of drugs and abuse Hans Reiser is accused of murdering his wife Nina who had left him for Sean Sturgeon Elliott peripherally knows Sturgeon through the San Francisco BDSM underground There is no body, but all sorts of evidence points to murder by Hans Sturgeon confesses to murdering 8 people whom he refuses to name, though Nina is not one of them This complicated mess linking the emergent Sil [...]


  12. 1 2 I ve been known to say that I m not wild about memoir, and when I say that, this book is what I mean The saving grace here was the interweaving of Hans Reiser s murder trial the most interesting parts of the book Elliott is a good writer and a good storyteller but I m not shocked and I think that s the goal by his stories of parental abuse, drug use, and masochism Nor are those stories particularly unique I don t mean to dismiss Elliott s pain and struggles I just don t know that I need to r [...]


  13. As I noted in my review of Happy Baby, I read this book and that one in an overlapping fashion Happy Baby is a fictional account of some of the same memories that Elliott presents here as memoir I m not doubting them but I don t really know how to phrase that Which made it kind of like I had two Stephen Elliotts telling me the same story in different ways, simultaneously The Adderall Diaries is a different treatment of true crime, or at least most true crime I ve read, in that it doesn t present [...]


  14. In late January of 2010, I attended a function at 826NYC in Park Slope, Brooklyn Stephen Elliott s book, The Adderall Diaries had been published in September and this would be part reading, part memoir workshop It was held on a Wednesday night in the back room at 826, behind the darkened Superhero Supply Store and in the brighter light of the tutoring center I confess that I had no memoir writing aspirations I went mostly because Steve is a friend of mine I try to attend his New York readings wh [...]


  15. There are at least three distinctive parts to this exciting and fascinating book The Adderall Diaries authored by Steven Elliot This is part memoir, a true crime expose, and literary and medical criticism essay The Adderall Diaries will also be featured soon as a major commercial film presentation.Steven Elliot was from Chicago, where his Cambodian father settled after immigrating, his mother died a premature death from MS multiple sclerosis , leaving his father a young widower He soon remarried [...]


  16. Pay close attention to the title subtitle The Adderall Diaries A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder Well which is it diary or memoir The answer is tricky Elliot doesn t do or Everything about him is multiple It s a diary in the sense that it covers a very specific period of the author s life, but rendered in the style of a memoir where the relevant storylines are fleshed out in a highly disgressive manner The frame of the book is time bound, the story is not I guess you could call it a meta [...]


  17. meh this is a weird one for me from the moment i started reading i knew i would finish it, but it took me much longer than a book of this length normally would i think i like Elliott s voice, but i just didn t love what he was using that voice to write about which is a tough thing to say when you re talking about memoir hard to judge someone writing about themselves but there was just a discomfort in the way it all came together that prevented me from ever really digging in and enjoying this too [...]


  18. The Adderall Diaries is an outstanding memoir and certainly one of the best I have ever read Author and essayist, Stephen Elliott originally set out to write a true crime book focusing on the infamous trial of Hans Reiser, a brilliant computer programmer accused of murdering his wife Stephen Elliot hopes to overcome the numbing writer s block that has been obstructing his work Instead of a mere crime book, suggested by a publisher, he produces a work so violently profound it will change the way [...]


  19. I didn t love this the prose is journalistic, which shouldn t come as a surprise since that s what Elliott does, but the subject matter is at times so intimate that this reader felt jolted between registers I wanted to care for the narrator than I did, and felt it was something to do with access or else, I suspected the worst, which is that Elliott s experiences are so damaging as to be irredeemable I suppose it s hard to write about self harm and underground sex without sounding sensationalist [...]


  20. With a title that includes Adderall, the drug derived from the mother s little helper of years back, and prescribed to millions, this book was guaranteed at least an initial glance But that one glance is all that s needed to discover this is no self help book for those held under Adderall s sway.Loosely framed around a real life seedy San Francisco murder trial the author is covering for a nationwide TV network, this book emerges as a brave, unsettling, bizarre, sad and honest memoir of a type t [...]


  21. Okay this book was just all over the place and weird and unrelatable and I just didn t know what to believe or care about It s a true crime memoir but what in good god is actually true about it It is a memoir so it s mostly that author just talking about his life, his desires, his fears, his day to day activities, his many relationships, and his jobs and problems I would care if it was relatable, but it just wasn t for me It was just too ridiculous I like reading things that I don t know about [...]


  22. I read this book very fast because the first 100 pages really held my interest However, I lost momentum in the second half A problem for me is the way Stephen Elliott paints himself as an adderall addict yet, he uses such tiny amounts At his heaviest Elliott describes taking 25 mg a day My boyfriend has been taking 30 mg of extended release adderall every morning for the past six years My boyfriend leads an extremely conventional life he is no strung out writer getting tied up and whipped by ran [...]


  23. I am reading Adderall Diaries for the second time I was one of the 400 or so readers who read the advance copy before release.This book covers the period after the 2004 election, and Stephen has writer s block He intertwines a family fable about a man his father may have killed, with an actual SF murder case he follows Add to the mix that yet another man claims to have murdered eight people but wont say who they are just that they deserved it It is difficult to discern fact from fantasy on the p [...]


  24. Update Passages from this book haunt me at odd moments, so I upgraded it to five stars This one will stay with you.I read this book slowly in order to savor it Elliott is one of my favorite authors and an amusing person to follow on Twitter The murder case that the book is supposed to be about only provides about 1 3 of the content The rest is autobiographical material from Elliott, who is interesting than most any fictional character for starters, he lived on the street starting at age 13, he [...]


  25. Pan Elliott attempted to write a meaningful look into the sordid details of his addiction, his violent sex life, his traumatic past, and murder in middle America, but instead he wrote an untethered, unfocused, disjointed ramble which sounded like a process with no result True, he does achieve his form of conclusion, of thesis, towards the end, but it wasn t enough to make the book worth it or to pull it together It was surprisingly boring for a book about such interesting subject matters.


  26. The author of this book had a horrible childhood He became a writer and got interested in a murder trial There s not much introspection or analysis of the horrible childhood and the murder trial kind of gets left in the dust, and there s not much intertwining of the two I m not sure what the point of this book ends up being so it felt superficial to me.


  27. Got this as part of an advanced reading contest thing from the Rumpus and ate it up for real Can t wait to see it come out.



  28. The most boring, self indulgent piece of crap I ve read in a while Why do brilliant people I know love this author Perhaps I should look into his earlier work


  29. This is one of those books that you either love or are irritated by Its disjointed structure is both its strength and weakness I loved it, but then I m partial to memoirs and this story occurs largely in the Bay Area, so there is that connection for me as well Plus, this author talks about writing on a meta level that few authors ever get into Plus I had my own crushing experience with writer s block Plus, hello, I m a crime fiction author and have a prurient interest in murder, and the Hans Rei [...]


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