From the October 2018 magazine.

Mad Man

A newcomer gets a job with a boozy ad agency, selling liquor. What could possibly go wrong?

I arrived at my first AA meeting unemployed and unemployable. I had last worked in a San Francisco advertising agency. After getting fired, I found every door in town closed to me.

About a week into sobriety, I got a call out of the blue from an ad agency desperate to hire. I had worked with one of their executives early in my career, when my benders were confined to weekends and holidays. She set up some interviews for me. I got hired. They were, after all, desperate.

-- Anonymous

New York City, New York, United States

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