Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano

By Joe Putignano

Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the USA Olympic education middle to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the activity to being declared lifeless. This tale is going past habit. it truly is in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each considered one of us through assisting to push us in the course of the darkness, even if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the sickness of addiction.

Acrobaddict is a narrative in regards to the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how an analogous power, obsession, and commitment that could create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.

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

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I thought I was dying, and I was embarrassed that I no longer had the strength or ability to fight. Deep inside my skeleton, I imagined my air sacs relaxing and breathing rhythmically. But that meditation wasn’t working, and I was losing the battle. The air that I could get into my lungs felt painful and sharp, like shards of glass cutting me open on the way down through my breathing tubes. The seconds between each breath were getting longer and longer, and I was fighting every step of the way.

I always missed the given lesson and would become confused and angry with myself, which only served to force me further back into my land of enchantment. It wasn’t that I had problems with the educational system—I loved to learn. But I felt lost in a labyrinth, not knowing which path to take or which answer was correct. The only weapon I had against ignorance was the pencil, which I usually forgot and shamefully had to borrow from another student. The pencil became my key to escape into my newfound physical love.

I truly believe the reason that Joe’s story will resonate so strongly with people everywhere is that it not only speaks to our addictive natures, but has the courage to raise important existential questions about the lack of meaning and spiritual void that have become so emblematic of our Western societies. Robert Lepage Creative Director Cirque du Soleil’s Ka and Totem ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thank you to everyone who has supported, listened, and delivered patience to this creative process. For without you, I would not have been able to do this.

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