Saturday, May 14, 2016

Moby Looks Back

The techno music pioneer has reached middle age, with a new memoir out about his struggles with alcohol, poverty and success.

 ...  Moby, born Richard Melville Hall and now 50 years old, has sold more than 20 million albums world-wide; his dozen official releases include “Play” (1999), “18” (2002) and “Innocents” (2013). It wasn’t an easy path. He grew up poor in an affluent Connecticut suburb and battled alcoholism for almost two decades.

 ... Moby was drinking heavily by the late 1980s, before becoming sober for a few years and then starting to drink again in 1995.

Read it all at The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

False Accusations

Shameless self-plug:
"Simply stated, false accusations are aggressive lies, but we also know them in milder form as spin, slanting the facts, one-sidedness, tailoring the message, and so on.

"Note: I got the idea of the importance of false accusations from a book I am reading on alcoholism: Vessels of Rage, Engines of Power: The Secret History of Alcoholism.

"The author of this book, James Graham, makes the claim repeatedly that alcoholics very often engage in false accusations. In discussing this book with my partner, we came to conclude that Graham is right about this—false accusations do seem to be common among the alcoholics we both know."

My thanks to the author whose website is here.