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Can an AA Critic and a 12-Step Advocate Get Along?
AA critic Juliet Abram chats with author and spoken-word artist Bucky Sinister about why he’s so pro-12-steps.
By Juliet Abram
Can a non-stepper and 12-stepper hold a constructive interview? I was determined to find out, so I contacted Bucky Sinister, author, poet, spoken word artist, comedian and avid 12-stepper.
Three years ago, I took a copy of Bucky Sinister’sGet Up: A 12-Step Recovery Guide for Freaks, Misfits and Weirdos with me to residential treatment. The title jumped out at me from the bottom shelf of the self-help for addiction section at Border’s back in 2010. It was basically a 12-step guide for atheists, so I felt less alone in a faith-based rehab by carrying that book around.
Sinister addresses The God Problem in 2008′s Get Up, a deconstruction of the 12 steps. Advising against arguing about atheism with more religious members, he suggests substituting God with the baby Odin, if you must. I tried this and it worked, only I conjured up unicorns instead, and, like magic, others stopped questioning my faith.
If you grew up listening to Black Flag, Motorhead, Nirvana or Jay-Z, then Bucky Sinister’s voice comes across as one of your friends; not one of your great grandfather’s friends from 1939. For example, in 2011′s Still Standing: Addicts Talk About Living Sober, he mentions the Fuck-Its: “Recovery is hard. Fuck it. Not drinking is hard. Fuck it. The fourth step is unreal. Fuck it.” Little things sometimes mess with our self-control, but it’s not impossible to change.
So why would I, an outspoken anti-12-step writer, want to chat with a vocal 12-step advocate like Sinister? …read more
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