Digging the Veinby Tony O'Neill
Digging the Vein's unnamed narrator has a problem: He has a burgeoning drug habit and a wife he's only known for two days, but no job, no money, and no way out. As the narrator's life crumbles, the pills, booze, and problems multiply until he hits on a brilliant solution: heroin. Soon the narrator is associating with a cabal of street freaks. Just/i>
Digging the Vein's unnamed narrator has a problem: He has a burgeoning drug habit and a wife he's only known for two days, but no job, no money, and no way out. As the narrator's life crumbles, the pills, booze, and problems multiply until he hits on a brilliant solution: heroin. Soon the narrator is associating with a cabal of street freaks. Just as the comedy is piling up, things go sour, making Digging the Vein a brutal look at a self-destructed, marginal life.
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Wow, I read about Digging the Vein on a bunch of lit websites and was completely blown away by this book! I know, youre thinking 'not another druggie memoir' but this one is more in the vein (ohhh, sorry) of Burroughs or Jim Carrol than that Oprah guy. Stories of shooting crack cocaine with lemon juice or the narator finding himself riding around Venice CA with hardcore gangbangers are related with a deadpan humor and matter of factness that puts this book head and shoulders above its contemporaries. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for urgent new literary voices.
I have been meaning to read this for some time now & It is excellent! Highly recommended if you are a fan of the gritty, drug-addled, dark auto-biography. It is also the "first part" of down & out in murder mile. Tony O'Neill delivers exactly what I want to read.
Fantastic that this book is finally available as an ebook. I have the print version, and was intrigued to see the text differs here. This seems to be a little more polished, as if the CP edition was an edit away from completion. Plus the bonus material is very cool, loved the cover gallery. The essay by James Frey was certainly odd, given the fact that Frey is huge and O'Neill remains a cult writer. Who knew they'd even be aware of each other? Still his affection for O'Neills writing is obvious. Loved the cheeky Penguin-homage cover, too. As for the novel, time hasn't diminished this ferocious junkie tale's power. Think Burroughs, Bukowski, Welsh, Stahl... those kind of guys. Tough writing for a rough crowd....