Disputes have focused on questions arising from his plight – parental, ethical, legal. But it may be useful to widen the angle of the lens.
Russell Brand is not someone you’d expect to find writing for the Spectator, but here he is on the subject of drug abuse: “I cannot accurately convey the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight white fist into a gentle brown wave, and from my first inhalation 15 years ago it fumigated […]
On Friday, the Deep End featured Damian Thompson’s brilliant piece for the Spectator on addiction. Focusing on pornography, he shows how technology is widening the exposure of our society to addictive activities. The conventional wisdom is that addiction is a demand-led process, i.e. that addiction drives supply. But Thompson argues that history shows the opposite, i.e. […]
It’s been a good year for Damian Thompson. For a start, he’s established the Telegraph Blogs as the best of the newspaper blogging operations; and now he’s published The Fix – an eye-opening, iconoclastic analysis of addiction in the 21st century. Here's an edited version of his article for the Spectator, in which he explains how […]