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Episode 90: Sarah Hepola, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget

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This week’s episode is a bit different from our normal routine. After reading Sarah Hepola’s memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, we were prompted to discuss our own drinking habits, and whether we should be concerned about them. We recount our own histories with alcohol, including times we’ve felt we had our drinking under control and times we’ve been concerned about it. All in the service of answering a pretty tough question: how do you know when your drinking has become a problem?


Of course we also talk about the book itself, in which Hepola recounts her own arc of addiction, relapse, and eventual recovery. Hepola is a naturally funny writer, and infuses her story with a good bit of self-deprecating humor, which makes the book stand out in a crowded field of (often melodramatic) addiction narratives. She also examines her drinking through a gendered lens, considering how being a problem drinker as a woman is different from being a problem drinker as a man. You can read an interview with Hepola here, at The Rumpus, in which she talks about the process of acknowledging her own drinking problems and the process of writing the book.

And here’s a link to the Caroline Knapp memoir, Drinking: A Love Story, which Hepola discusses in her book and which Mike also read and discussed a bit during the episode.

As always, we’re happy to hear what you think about the stuff we talked about this week. You can email us directly, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site. Also: we’re now on Facebook! So come visit us over there, where we are slowly getting better about posting candid studio photos and links to stuff we’ve talked about on the show.

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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

One thought on “Episode 90: Sarah Hepola, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget

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