Nicotine by Gregor Hens

By Gregor Hens

Written with the eagerness of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifetime of dependancy, from the epiphany of the 1st drag to the perennial final final cigarette. Reflecting on his studies as a smoker from a tender age, Gregor Hens investigates the irreversible results of nicotine on concept and styles of behaviours. He extends the dialog with different people who smoke to meditations on Mark Twain and Italo Svevo, the character of behavior, the validity of hypnosis, and the main insignificant urban within the usa, the place he lived for much too lengthy. With comedian perception and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs each aspect of the dependency and provides an excellent disquisition at the psychopathology of dependancy.

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Three women would watch me while doing their yoga exercises on a weathered jetty and would occasionally look over and smile. After swimming I would meet my friend Paul for breakfast, read and sleep a little. In the afternoon I would jog for an hour or two across the long-distance walking trail, sometimes alone, sometimes with Paul, whom I met on a forum for endurance sport. My strongest discipline is cycling. A few months after the triathlon I rode into the side of a delivery van at forty kilometres an hour.

It works every time. When I still smoked I would hold out fifty pfennigs or cents, which corresponded to more than a 100 per cent mark-up; nowadays a cigarette costs between twenty and twenty-five cents. It’s an offer that the receiver acknowledges but must ultimately reject in order not to come across like an extortioner. Smokers know from their own experience that in certain situations their fellow smokers would pay a lot more for a cigarette, they would give anything for one, but a code of honour prevents them from profiting from the addiction of others.

Survived what? I asked. I was pushed down a long corridor and dropped off in front of a radiation protection door. I raised my head as well as I could and looked around. The corridor ended with one of the countless double doors battered by wheelie beds and had the word REANIMATION in mirror image scratched into its frosted glass windows. My phone had been in a bag mounted under the saddle of my bike during the accident, and I angled for the plastic bag on the rack under my wheelie bed to get it out and take a photo.

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