The Human Condition
Addicted to Addiction

A new book about early modern England reveals an eternal truth: We are all addicted to something, and maybe that’s not a bad thing, so long as we choose well.

Published on: April 13, 2018
Eve Tushnet blogs at Patheos and has written for Commonweal, USA Today, and the Weekly Standard, among other publications. She is the author of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith and Amends: A Novel, and the editor of the anthology Christ's Body, Christ's Wounds: Staying Catholic When You've Been Hurt in the Church.
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  • Joey Junger

    Thank you for this piece. The book sounds fascinating, though a bit muddled and ideologically suspect. I think in this climate/zeitgeist it might not get much traction. Too many people are dying from bad addictions (like a Vietnam War’s worth per year, just from opioids) to countenance the idea of a good kind. I’ve often suspected certain forms of (minor) mental illness, when channeled correctly, are actually not just useful but necessary to produce the best work. Stanley Kubrick’s monomania (whatever the current task) was legendary. Google “Kubrick” “King” “Altoids.”

    • Adelle

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      • Joey Junger

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  • catorenasci

    This is fascinating as a topic. In view of the changing mores of Western cultures over the past hundred and fifty years, it provides a possibly interesting perspective on the increasing public discussion (and acceptance?) of BDSM in personal relationships, especially the interest in submission. There is much to unpack here.

  • This is dumb. Our ignorance makes obvious caveats sound profound.

  • Just NaCl

    Or as Bob Dylan sang during his evangelical phase:

    You’re gonna have to serve somebody
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

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