The Gilded Razor: A Memoir
|Rating||:||4.48 (966 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
It's just a goddamn brilliant book." (Kristen Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster)“The Gilded Razor is Lansky’s searing, savagely honest memoir of his wild days… harrowing throughout — and undeniably hopeful in the end." (The New York Daily News)"At just 27 years old, Sam Lansky has lived three lifetimesAn eye-opening new memoir." (NY1 (Book of the Week)) “There is something in Lansky's story that—wait for it—can be called addictive.Lansky's command of language never wavers.Even those who find another addic
He has written for New York magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, Out, and Grantland. Sam Lansky is an editor at TIME.
"Must read." according to placida camarillo. Sam Lansky has such a powerful voice. I've always struggled a bit with memoirs, but I could not put this book down. The way he intertwines past memories with present reflections is refreshing and relatable. I can't say that I've ever had a pill-induced rendezvous with a random old guy in a hotel sauna or experienced the same emotional trauma Sam Lansky has, but the way he portrays those experiences somehow feels relatable. Not in action but in the sense that we've all had experiences that we've looked back on and thought, "Why did I do that? Probably be. "Anyone who has not will find beautiful writing and sometimes hilarious/sometimes shattering insight" according to Tyler. So you know when you're starting a new book and you have to debate whether you want to read the prologue because it's not even teeeeechnically part of the book so why even bother?I decided to take a chance when I read The Gilded Razor and dedicated 5 extra minutes to read the two-page preface. I was almost immediately rewarded with tears. Anyone who has struggled with addiction or is close to someone who has will relate painfully often to Sam's writing. Anyone who has not will find beautiful writing and sometimes hilarious/sometimes shattering insight.B. "Brutally honest. Perhaps the most honest book, I've ever read." according to Tony Joshua. Wow. Brutally honest. Difficult to get through, but at the same time, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Every time I put it down, my mind swirled with concern, shock, dismay, fascination about this victimized, but obviously brilliant, kid, In the book, he works his way through a disturbingly dysfunctional chapter in his life that nearly killed him. Perhaps the most "honest" book I have ever read. Graphic, disturbing, engrossing, captivatinga great, all consuming read.
After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan, to a wilderness boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos—until finally, he began to face himself. Told with remarkable sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age story of searing honesty and lyricism and “one of the best portraits about the implacable power of addiction” (Susan Cheever, bestselling author of Drinking in America).. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. In the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his own life as a young addict and exposes profoundly universal anxieties. Sharply funny and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a “powerful addition to the literature of active addiction and recovery” (New York Times bestselling author Bill Clegg) from debut author Sam Lansky.The Gilded Razor is the true story of a double life that New York Times bestselling author George Hodgman called “virtuosic.” By the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at