Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101 – David Sheff’s “Beautiful Boy” and “Clean”
On this week’s show my guest is David Sheff.
David Sheff is an American author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. In 2009, Sheff was included in the Time Magazine Time 100, The World’s Most Influential People, and Beautiful Boy was named the best nonfiction book of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The book also won the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers Award”for nonfiction and was an Amazon Best Book of the Year (2008).
Beautiful Boy was based on Sheff’s article, “My Addicted Son,” that first appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addictions” from the American Psychological Association.
Sheff, a journalist, has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” His interview subjects have included John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Steve Jobs, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jack Nicholson, Ted Taylor, Carl Sagan, Betty Friedan, Barney Frank, Fareed Zakaria, and many others. In addition to Beautiful Boy, Sheff wrote the books Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He has also been an editor of New West, California, and other magazines.