How to Stop Time
is an important contemporary contribution to the classic accounts of the seductive attractions and dangerous distractions of drug use.
In this hypnotic and piercingly intelligent chronicle, Ann Marlowe dissects her former heroin habit, and recounts in harrowing detail the rigors and realities of life under the influence while building a successful Wall Street career and establishing a reputation as a critic in the alternative press. A one-time Harvard grad student in philosophy, Marlowe ruthlessly examines the paradoxical nature of addiction, and connects her own experience to a wider discussion of heroin in the context of our post-consumer, digital society.
"A very impressive book, all the more so because of its remarkable calm and
restraint after such a terrifying experience." -Penelope Fitzgearld
"Ann Marlowe is a. . .relentless moral essayist and a secret poet. Her book burns as it goes down one's craw, and it keeps burning in memory." --Luc Sante
"A self-portrait of a coolly cantankerous woman, reformed but unrepentant."--The New York Times
"The little black dress of dope books. Smart, sleek and savagely subtle, Ms. Marlowe is the most gifted druggie to pop out of Harvard since the late Timothy Leary."--Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"A self-portrait of a coolly cantankerous woman, reformed but unrepentant." --The New York Times