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The Ivy Bookshop is glad to present virtual versions of our scheduled book launches this summer. We hope you will tune in! On June 15, Dan Peres presents his memoir As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction in conversation with Dan Rodricks. This event will take place on Zoom.
About the Book:
Dan Peres wasn’t born to be a media insider. As an awkward, magic-obsessed adolescent, nothing was further from his reality than the catwalks of Paris or the hallways of glossy magazine publishers. A gifted writer and shrewd cultural observer, Peres eventually took the leap—even when it meant he had to fake a sense of belonging in a new world of famed fashion designers, celebrities, and some of media’s biggest names. But he had a secret: opiates. Peres’s career as an editor at W magazine and Details is well known, but little is known about his private life as a high-functioning drug addict. In As Needed for Pain, Peres lays bare for the first time the extent of his drug use—at one point a 60-pill-a-day habit.
By turns humorous and gripping, Peres’s story is a cautionary coming-of-age tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking brushes with disaster. But the heart of the book is his journey from outsider to insecure insider, what it took to get him there, and how he found his way back from a killing addiction. As Needed for Pain offers a rare glimpse into New York media’s past—a time when print magazines mattered—and a rarefied world of wealth, power, and influence. It is also a brilliant, shocking dissection of a life teetering on the edge of destruction, and what it took to pull back from the brink.
About the Author:
Dan Peres was editor in chief of Details for fifteen years, starting in 2000, when the title relaunched under his leadership. During his tenure, the magazine won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards. Before taking the editorship of Details, Dan spent nine years at W magazine, overseeing bureaus in Paris, London, and Milan. While in college, he worked as a copy boy at the New York Times and later as a research assistant at Esquire. He is the author of Details Men’s Style Manual. He lives in New York and has three sons.
Dan Rodricks is an award-winning columnist for The Baltimore Sun, and, over a journalism career spanning five decades, he has been the host of local and regional radio and television shows as well as The Sun's podcast, Roughly Speaking. His column, launched in The Baltimore Evening Sun in 1979, is one of the longest-running in the U.S. and has garnered regional and national journalism awards. Over the course of writing some 6,000 columns, and in his broadcasting work, Rodricks from time to time revealed his love of nature and interest in environmental issues. Excerpts of some of his outdoors columns appear in Fathers' Day Creek. Rodricks lives in Baltimore and has been fishing with a fly rod for nearly 30 years. He won a national broadcasting award for a radio documentary about his home waters, the Gunpowder River, north of Baltimore. He has fished extensively in western Maryland and Pennsylvania, and in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Monday, June 15, 2020 - 6:30pm