"Worshipping at the altar of vodka and cocaine"

Photo: Chris Gold

Photo: Chris Gold


Season 18: Episode 18

"There's your real life, and then there's the story of your life, and they're not exactly the same thing."

Spoken like a man who has written a memoir. This week on Tapestry, Mary Hynes talks to Don Lattin about his new memoir, Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk.    

Later in the show, Mary meets a Montreal professor who's taking the subject of philosophy out of the classroom and into the streets.

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Don Lattin covered the 'God beat' in newspapers for 30 years.  But Lattin says that for the longest time, he was really worshipping at the altar of vodka and cocaine.  

In his latest book, he recounts his own story as he explores the lives of three men from his grandfather's generation: writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill Wilson.

In the second half of the show, Carlos Fraenkel asks us to pause and ask -  "What would it take to live a meaningful life?

The McGill University professor is working on ways to take philosophy smack into real life.  The quest has taken him from Brazil to Egypt, from Indonesia to Israel and, at one point, to a hipster bar in Manhattan.
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