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By Sam Lansky

Sharply humorous and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a “powerful addition to the literature of lively habit and restoration” (New York Times bestselling writer invoice Clegg) from debut writer Sam Lansky.

The Gilded Razor is the real tale of a double lifestyles that New York Times bestselling writer George Hodgman referred to as “virtuosic.” via the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was once an all-star scholar with Ivy League aspirations in his ultimate 12 months at an elite ny urban prep tuition. yet a bad dependancy to prescription tablets spiraled swiftly uncontrolled, compounded by means of a string of reckless affairs with older males, leaving his shiny destiny in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he attempted to straighten out. but as he journeyed from the glittering streets of long island, to a barren region boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he merely discovered extra possibilities to create chaos—until eventually, he started to face himself.

within the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his personal lifestyles as a tender addict and exposes profoundly common anxieties. informed with amazing sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age tale of searing honesty and lyricism and “one of the easiest photos concerning the implacable strength of dependancy” (Susan Cheever, bestselling writer of Drinking in America).

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There has been a bluebird hopping alongside the ground of the terminal, dodging the wheels of rolling suitcases slapped around the tile through fats travelers. You don’t belong right here any further than I do, i assumed. I slept at the airplane to Salt Lake urban, awakening to 1 of the lads nudging me to existence. I couldn’t keep in mind the place I was—and then it got here speeding again to me. A swirl of terminals and travel buses. within the toilet on the airport, I sneaked the emergency Adderall that was once tucked into my pockets. They rented one other motor vehicle and we drove at the highway. I felt peppier. every thing goes to be ok. At a comfort shop, i purchased a tabloid and a bottle of water. I smoked a cigarette whereas considered one of them stood beside me. His identify was once Tim, he had stated. “That’s going to be your final one,” he acknowledged. “I’ll take pleasure in it, then,” I acknowledged. I took within the points of interest and sounds of this unexpected terrain—the low scrub of the suburban panorama. the place used to be I? without doubt they wouldn’t truly remove my cigarettes—that will be inhumane. Dean used to assert that I didn’t appear like i'll be me with no smoking. “You’d be less profound in case you didn’t smoke,” he’d say, attaining for a drag. “You’re consistently enwrapped in a cloud of smoke. actually, or metaphorically. ” “You hungry? ” one in all them requested. “No,” I lied. After approximately an hour at the highway, we became onto a cul-de-sac noticed with small, ranch-style tract houses. A white van used to be parked in entrance of 1; Tim pulled up in the back of it. “Out,” he stated. They led me inside of. A cluster of youth boys, all of whom regarded as haggard as I did, sat on a pale sectional, observing a film. considered one of them raised a hand in greeting, whereas the others seemed ahead on the tv. I became to Tim. “This isn’t what i used to be picturing,” I acknowledged. “This is the secure house,” Tim acknowledged. “Your application isn’t able to admit you but, so you’ll be right here a number of days. ” He took my duffel bag. “Tell us if you want a metamorphosis of clothes,” he acknowledged. “I don’t,” I acknowledged. “But i want my capsules. Do you've my tablets? I haven’t taken my Lexapro this present day. ” Privately, i used to be extra involved in the Xanax—that would definitely take the sting off this event. “You’re unlikely to get any drugs till you get to Aspen and notice a doctor,” he stated. “We can’t dispense them. ” I sputtered. they could to boot have advised me that I’d be going the subsequent days with no air. “That’s unacceptable,” I stated firmly. “Kid,” he acknowledged. “We’re now not supplying you with any medications. ” “I’m now not asking you for black tar heroin,” I stated. “I’m asking you for my psychiatrically necessitated drugs. You don’t need to move cop for me. I introduced my drugs. supply them to me. Now. ” “I’m sorry,” he acknowledged. “I can’t assist you. ” He grew to become to depart, yet I grabbed his arm. “Let me clarify whatever to you,” I acknowledged. “I take benzos for nervousness. I’ve been taking them for months. Now, you most likely don’t understand this simply because you’re, like, an inbred fuck, yet there are just sorts of withdrawal that may kill you: alcohol withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. when you don’t get me my fucking Xanax, i'll have a fucking seizure and die the following and my dad will fucking sue you for every little thing you're worthy.

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