The following is a response to Stephen Elliott’s The Adderall Diaries a Memoir.
Elliott’s memoir covers his relationship with his friends, girlfriends, and father. It also includes his work with the Hans and Nina Reiser murder trial. The author had a rough childhood because his mother died from complications with multiple sclerosis and his father beat him. He and his friends often stole from people and each other.
Looking at his friends now, Elliott writes, “Mike is dead. It doesn’t make any sense, compared with some of the people still alive. Velchry has a child he rarely sees. So does Eddie. Dave and Nadia split custody. Justin has a child with his ex-wife. Bob moved back into the city while his wife is in the suburbs with their two children. We’ve bred children into broken homes. The next generations of ourselves.” (p. 77)
The book is mostly about the writing process. Elliott says that, “I’m working on this book, which is supposed to be about a murder, but I’m not sure where I’m going with it. To write about oneself honestly one has to admit a certain inconsistency and randomness that would never be tolerated in even the best of novels.” (p. 100)