Tweaked: A Crystal Memoir

Tweaked: A Crystal Memoir

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by Patrick Moore
     
 

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"There are moments when I suddenly realize that I'm a nice boy from Iowa who is entirely comfortable sitting in a room of freaks."

So begins Patrick Moore's unforgettable account of life as a crystal meth addict—a "tweaker." Like a wild ride down Alice's rabbit hole with a guide who is darkly funny and heartbreakingly honest, Tweaked

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"There are moments when I suddenly realize that I'm a nice boy from Iowa who is entirely comfortable sitting in a room of freaks."

So begins Patrick Moore's unforgettable account of life as a crystal meth addict—a "tweaker." Like a wild ride down Alice's rabbit hole with a guide who is darkly funny and heartbreakingly honest, Tweaked chronicles a twenty-year trip that stretches from Moore's lonely childhood in Iowa with his grandmother, Zelma—an alcoholic artist who, when loaded, turns frozen food into crafts projects —to the day he sits, naked, in a Los Angeles rental, hallucinating about psycho-robbers while talking to a possum he's sure is God. Along the way, there are acid trips at the V.F.W., Dexetrim study halls with his Bad Girl Posse in the seventies, teeth-grinding nights of dancing and anonymous sex in New York City's hottest eighties clubs, taking pictures of Andy Warhol, losing friends and lovers, and navigating a Byzantine underworld of cookers, users, club kids, dealers, and colorful characters as intense as the drug itself. There is Lee, the glamorous, outré bad boy with a devastating wit and a taste for danger; Tony, the tweaker who likes to remove his eyebrows; Ding-Dong, the Depends-wearing, nearly blind housemate; Hisako, the artist and squatter with an impenetrable Japanese accent and a fondness for hot plate cooking; "Mother" Judy, the tough, butch rehab counselor who takes no prisoners, and countless others on the road from crystal meth hell to eventual sobriety.

Candid, gripping, and ultimately triumphant, Tweaked is that rarest of memoirs—a tale so vivid and personal in the telling it feels like fiction, but every word is true.

Editorial Reviews

"Observant, funny, and harrowing, Tweaked is an eye-opening, fasten-your-seatbelts ride in and out of the depths of meth madness." --Michael Musto, The Village Voice
Kirkus Reviews
A mildly engaging but flawed memoir of addiction and recovery from freelance journalist Moore. Growing up in Iowa, the author knew he was gay-and that Iowa was boring. There wasn't much to do but get smashed or high. After graduating from high school, he escaped to college in Pittsburgh, where he met Dino and began an intense love affair. Though they were passionate about one another, both periodically slept with other men; Dino eventually was diagnosed with AIDS. As he cared for his dying lover, Moore, who hadn't been infected, found relief in activism, getting arrested during early ACT UP protests. He also found more sinister distraction in drugs, especially crystal meth and coke. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles and got sober. He was helped by AA's storied "higher power," praying sometimes to Dino, sometimes to the ocean. He took up yoga and spent time in sweat lodges. In the book's better moments, Moore interjects social critique with a light touch-wondering, for example, why the mainstream media began worrying about meth only once straight teens were hooked. The most gripping scenes find him sober, working at a recovery house and helping other addicts. He compellingly describes the "assortment of castoffs" who came together to beat their addictions; Judy, the tough-skinned lesbian counselor who led the recovery group, steals the show. Other characters, unfortunately, are not as vividly rendered. Moore's long reminiscences about Dino, for example, would have been enlivened by more dialogue. The author's non-chronological technique, flashing backward and forward among various memories, proves confusing and irksome. In addition, it feels forced to begin and end the memoir withreflections on the author's quirky grandmother, who struggled with her own addictions. Bland prose and few original insights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758281821
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
720,079
File size:
605 KB

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"Tweaked is a page-turning, harrowing and ultimately uplifting memoir. Few have been able to speak with such lucidly about the crystal-meth addiction that has gripped so many gay men. Patrick Moore writes in a remarkably open and at times highly entertaining manner-laughing out loud at the sheer preposterousness of the world that had engulfed him, even as he vividly takes us on a trip through his personal house of horrors and, eventually, to his escape. He does an enormous service by offering the story of his successful battle against Tina as roadmap for others to follow." --Michelangelo Signorile, author of Hitting Hard

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This book had me hooked from page one. Excelent read the whole way thru! He is very discriptive, funny and honest. It was the best memoir I have read yet. Easily my favoirite book! Hope to see more from him!