Crash and Burn
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Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.
At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his standing ovation, all he could think of were the two bags of heroin in his pocket. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him— from his fellow cast members on The Howard Stern Show, to celebrity guests, his longtime friends, and even his own family.
By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Artie’s dangerous slide, and offers a new, crystal-clear window into the mind of the addict. For the first time, Artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Artie claws his way back, turning his life and career around. And despite his slipups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie forges on.
With Crash and Burn, Artie Lange goes all-in, confessing a story that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.
It's gonna be awesome. Been waiting a long time. Artie is the man. Now this from Toyota.
Such an amazing story teller. I read the book cover to cover.
This reads more like the self-serving bs of an addict deep into it than someone who's truly regained control of their life. Sloppy, tired-sounding, defensive, unfunny, and for an actual published book, an unforgivable amount of errors. Was the copy editor high too? Artie has given me countless laughs but like any charming addict, eventually the act gets tired. I hope for a third book where he's truly back among the living and ready to let his talent shine like it deserves. This is a lazy piece of sh:t and his publisher is as enabling as his dealer in letting it see daylight.