Jolly Lad is an addiction memoir, but one which deconstructs the macho bullshit, the self-pity and the outright lying that surrounds the literature of addiction. There are no platitudes here, no lost years, and although there is a struggle to be clean, Doran makes it clear that he enjoyed much of what he did. From kitchen-jousting tournaments as a student to remembering his first E at a DJ Shadow gig, a surprising number of his adventures are, though often borderline terrifying, highly amusing.
C.D. Rose reviews Jolly Lad by John Doran.