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By Sam Lansky

Sharply humorous and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a “powerful addition to the literature of energetic habit and restoration” (New York Times bestselling writer invoice Clegg) from debut writer Sam Lansky.

The Gilded Razor is the real tale of a double lifestyles that New York Times bestselling writer George Hodgman known as “virtuosic.” by way of the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was once an all-star scholar with Ivy League aspirations in his ultimate 12 months at an elite long island urban prep university. yet a foul habit to prescription capsules spiraled swiftly uncontrolled, compounded by means of a string of reckless affairs with older males, leaving his vibrant destiny in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he attempted to straighten out. but as he journeyed from the glittering streets of ny, to a desert boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he purely came across extra possibilities to create chaos—until ultimately, he started to face himself.

within the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his personal lifestyles as a tender addict and exposes profoundly common anxieties. informed with extraordinary sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age tale of searing honesty and lyricism and “one of the simplest pix concerning the implacable energy of dependancy” (Susan Cheever, bestselling writer of Drinking in America).

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Every one evening, I labored the bow and the spindle, twisting it into the department of supple, flaky cedar because it blackened and smoldered. however the most sensible aspect of the spindle skipped alongside my most sensible rock, which used to be a bit of grey stone with a moderate indentation within the heart; the extra I placed strain at the best rock, leaning into it to maximise the friction generated through the spindle, the extra the spindle might slip off the rock, unfurling from my bow with a vengeful snap and crusing around the campsite. It wasn’t operating to spite me. Eric wasn’t having any of this difficulty; his best rock had a extra said indentation that made it greater suited to hearth beginning. speedy he was once spinning away at his bow, bent down on one knee like a wedding suggestion, growing fats orange embers that he blew lightly right into a nest of dry grass, then equipped right into a pleasurable blaze that roared as he whooped and hollered, dancing via camp. yet higher nonetheless was once JT, who used for his best rock an anklebone he acknowledged as soon as had belonged to an elk; he known as it a talus. “Is this, like, a local American factor? ” I requested. “You need to use the entire elements of the animal’s physique when you kill it? ” JT laughed. “Nope. I’m a white dude from Salt Lake urban. It simply makes for the simplest hearth beginning, that’s all. ” I held the bone in my hand. It seemed like a hinge: a bit of smaller than a fist, soft and curved, with 4 bulbous quadrants. It virtually resembled a miniature loaf of challah bread. within the middle of these 4 bulbs was once a common melancholy that healthy the purpose of a spindle completely, and whilst I held it in my hand, my heart finger and thumb wrapped properly among the grooves, making a company grip. whereas gathering wooden for the fire—another one I hadn’t built—I searched the woodland flooring for rocks that would paintings greater in my bow drill. I grew to become them over one after the other, working my hands throughout each one gentle floor in pursuit of definitely the right stone. yet I knew what to appear for, and the rock that they had given me used to be nonetheless larger than something i discovered. I hurled them to the floor, loading my hands with fallen tree branches to take again to the camp. I sat except the gang, consuming the nutrition that had long past chilly once they had entire. I felt sorry for myself. I imagined my father having dinner at a sublime downtown eatery with Jennifer, then having fun with a leisurely stroll domestic. I bit my lip so challenging it began to bleed. day after today, we walked alongside a direction that minimize via a wide open box. The yellowed grains, tall and sharp, slapped opposed to my palms. It used to be scorching, brutally scorching, so sizzling that my glasses steamed up as I walked, a cloudless sky break up in basic terms via the white-hot solar. The seat belt webbing that saved my pack tied tight to my physique used to be digging into my part, chafing painfully. As we grew to become a nook, I stuck a whiff of a few fetid scent, rank and skunk-like. Eric smelled it, too. “What is that? ” he requested. As we approached a whitish shape that lay immobile at the part of the path, the stink grew improved. Eric and that i groused and groaned whereas JT and Medeina laughed at our disgust.

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