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Long Past Stopping
Barnes & Noble

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

7:00pm - 11:00pm @ Bruar Falls
Bruar Falls
245 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY

Monday, October 5, 2009
1644 Haight ST San Francisco, CA 94117

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Stories Books
1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles
(213) 413-3733

Monday, October 12, 2009

Porchlight/Reading Series
2424 Mariposa Street @ The Verdi Club San Francisco

Tuesday, October 13
7:30 PM
2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704-2392

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Mixer Series
152 Ludlow St @ Cake Shop New York, NY 10002

It looked like any other medical chart, with different boxes filled in with my blood pressure and heart rate, but at the bottom, next to Diagnosis, the doctor simply wrote, Terminal Assholism.

Juggled between an endless succession of friends, relatives, anarchist boarding schools, libertarian commune dwellers, socialist rebels, and born-again circus clowns, Oran Canfield grew up viewing the inconsistencies of the world with a wary eye. The son of Jack Canfield—the motivational speaker and creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul—Oran is intensely self-conscious and reserved, but his life won't seem to leave him alone. Whether he's teaching two hundred eager self-help disciples to juggle (among them a woman with stumps for hands), dodging a series of wacky near-death experiences, delivering newspapers in satin pants on a unicycle, or experimenting with drugs in the back of a Mexican cop car at age thirteen, one thing's for sure: Oran's life is much stranger than fiction.

Eventually he finds some fleeting comfort in heroin, but the world proves dizzying whether he's stoned or sober. Playing drums in fringe bands and bouncing between rehab centers, he encounters a host of weird characters along the way: a devotee of obscure noise music who makes his own sunglasses out of cardboard, hooligan hockey players left in charge of group therapy, and the unassuming chess nerd who might be in the mob. Feeding a dope addiction that becomes more harrowing by the day, Oran sells off every possession and burns every bridge on the road to recovery.

With humor and wit, Long Past Stopping grapples with the paradoxes of a mad world and shows that feel-good nostrums go only so far. Sometimes the only way out is the hard one.