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Better Stories From Googling the Author
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
Google “Dan Peres” and “scandal” and you’ll get some awesome stories. The Details story not written by Kurt Andersen. The Ben Affleck misquote. The racist and very poorly thought out concepts for articles that led to protests.
That’s a much better use of your time than this memoir. I have no idea how this dude was at the top of the masthead for nearly two decades. Weak characters, no drama, no character, no energy. This crap wouldn’t have run in Details, and I don’t know how or why it got published.
Here’s the thing: I know addiction can be terrifying and banal all at the same time. And Peres shows the banal, the same-old high, same-old choose your own adventure scoring, same old bed and apartment and four walls. But he doesn’t show the brilliant highs or “shoot,I’m going to die and I let everyone down” lows that make addiction memoirs so human — even if you’ve never had an addiction. Instead, it’s like a very boring diary of x and y happening. He has no idea the immense privilege he carries and seems like he is still operating with an addicts mind — sober but not changed.
I can forgive a ton of sins — I don’t care if he slept through an interview or was unfaithful. But I cannot forgive bad writing from a professional.
Congratulations on your sobriety, Mr Peres, but shame on not bringing whatever editorial chops you must have had to your memoir.