making alcoholic friends is as easy as making sea monkeysAugusten Burroughs’ famously dysfunctional and miserable childhood was grist for the book and movie, Running with Scissors. His highly recommended memoir Dry is a mad dash through addiction and recovery.

Many of us remember climbing up on a bar stool, looking for liquid relief, comradery, maybe a new romance. What we tend to find is other alcoholics, and usually less fascinating alcoholics than Burroughs, whose memoirs made the New York Times best sellers list.