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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Art, 8 Mar 2006
This review is from: Digging the Vein (Paperback)
if you have any interest in the beautiful darkness of the human spirit this is a book for you. Transcendent and illuminating, O'Neil leads you through the twisted world of the career junkie.
A scuzzy work of extraordinary art. An autofiction, par excellence.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs and Rock and Roll, 3 Oct 2006
This review is from: Digging the Vein (Paperback)
This is a must for any fans of novels like The Basketball Diaries, Trainspotting or Junkie. The author details his years as a musician in various mid 90's bands like Kenickie, before the real meat of the book - a relentless nosedive into heroin addiction and crack use in some incredibly scuzzy sounding LA neighborhoods. The writing is simple, very brutal but poetic: the book reminded me more of the classic stuff like Burroughs or Bukowski than more recent memoirs like Jerry Stahl or James Frey. And a barely disguised account of his stint as a member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is worth the price of admission by itself.

Be warned though - if a blow by blow account of someone injecting crack cooked up in lemon juice, with a used needle sounds too much for you - then avoid Digging the Vein. Otherwise, pick up a copy and change yer life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Oct 2014
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trainspotting is for the school, this is so real!!!! great
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