From the July 2000 magazine.

Your Move

Everlasting ignorance


Readers tell us about their favorite passages in AA literature.

Among the multitude of useful passages in AA literature, one has saved my life and my sanity. I am fifty-two years old and I have been sober for fifteen years. Before that I came to AA and drank for thirteen years. I am a criminal defense attorney and my greatest pride (and the source of my income) is to find the unique angle and argue it effectively. When I came to AA, I brought myself. I was twenty-three and I found a clever and unique angle on everything. I believed that the Big Book was written at the eighth grade level, that all of you were spiritual dolts, and that the Twelve Steps were "McSpirituality" (as in "McDonalds"). I read William James to argue (and show off) more effectively. I read Emmet Fox and others, and I drank.

-- Janet M.

Lowell, Ohio

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