Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano

By Joe Putignano

Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the U.S. Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the task to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it's in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each one in every of us by means of aiding to push us during the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the illness of addiction.

Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut dating among athletics and drug addiction—how an identical power, obsession, and commitment which can create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred assessment) After analyzing former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra habit, you finish up feeling like certainly one of his closest buddies. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...

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But I didn’t stop; I couldn’t stop! I had heaven to build, and that was how I would lay down the first brick. I continued to go to the basement to learn the trick, and one day it happened. I did it. I landed on my feet and not on my head. The accomplishment of the cartwheel became insignificant compared to the new power of the backflip. I was no longer human, but more like Superman or one of my He-Man action figures. My blood turned into concrete determination, suffused with happiness and amazement.

My brother and I shared a bedroom across the hall from my parents. It was small, crammed with toys, and covered in off-white wallpaper with soldiers on it. The wallpaper was peeling, and when we were bored we peeled off even more, exposing the bare wall beneath. We slept on large, wooden bunk beds—solid temples ascending from the Earth of a crumb-filled, matted-down brown rug. Black-and-white-striped cotton blankets covered us at night, making me feel like I was tucked inside a giant ice cream sandwich.

I imagined that education took place in a land where the gods came to learn about and question hypotheses. In my mind, school should be a giant garden of luminescent flowers snaking through corridors of perfectly cut hedges. Unfortunately, my middle school was nothing like my vision, and so I would slip in and out of my fantasy, trying to flee the drab classroom in which I always landed. Our classroom was surrounded by giant letters of the alphabet with pictures of animals representing the shape of each letter.

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