A poignantly funny account of humorist and “Greatest Living American Author” Neal Pollack’s years as a marijuana addict. Beginning innocently enough in his 20s when pot made everything―food, music, sex―better. Getting married, having a kid, and enjoying professional success didn’t tamp down Pollack’s addiction. As cannabis grew stronger and more widely available, Pollack’s dependence was shadowed by the expansion and acceptance of the marijuana Big Business.
By 2014, Neal was a correspondent for a national marijuana newspaper, mostly because it meant free pot. Diving into the wild, wicked world of weed with both lungs, Pollack proceeds to smoke, vape, and eat his way to oblivion, leading to terrible public meltdowns and other embarrassing behavior. After his mother dies in 2017, he spirals out of control, finally hitting bottom during a reckless two-day gambling and drug-filled binge, culminating in a public crack-up at the World Series in Dodger Stadium. Three weeks later, he quit.
Sober after joining a 12-step program, Neal outed himself publicly as a marijuana addict in a 2018 New York Times op-ed piece, leading to his decision to document his addiction experience as a cautionary tale for the millions of recreational users in the hazy age of legalized marijuana.
Often hilarious and equally self-deprecating, Neal continues his insightful probing of his life with Alternadad (Pantheon, 2007) through Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Due (Harper Perennial, 2010).