From the June 1988 magazine.

A Conspiracy of Love

A fellow named D. C. was one of those who conspired with my doctor and family, I was sure, to get me to my first AA meeting. When I called AA, at the insistence of wife and doctor, I explained to I. P.--another conspirator--that I had seen a brief sequence in an old movie which depicted an AA meeting, so I knew all about this outfit, and I was sorry but the religious aspect wouldn't suit. This lady then had the gall to recite from the Big Book about "contempt prior to investigation." Of course, my intellectual pride now required that I attend a meeting, if only to qualify for contempt after investigation.

But first, there was this fellow, D. C., who had been around the fringes of the binges over the previous couple of years. He was the one who quietly brought his own six-pack of pop to the parties, and left just when the conversation was becoming profound. Still, I considered him an intellectual in good standing; and he had mentioned once or twice that he had consumed his share of booze.

-- J. M.

Spokane, Washington

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