TVNewser Show TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Memoirist Richard Farrell Discusses Addiction And Writing On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gif

Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat was joined by co-host Kevin Allocca, editor of TVNewser, and memoirist Richard Farrell.

Farrell spoke about his memoir “What’s Left of Us,” the story of his heroin addiction and the life experiences that came along with it. After he detoxed and overcame his addiction, Farrell went on to become an author, filmmaker and screenwriter. He produced the documentary, High on Crack Street, which aired on HBO, and he wrote the script for the upcoming film The Fighter based on the documentary, which stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg — proving that there can be life after addiction.

“My book is about hope, it’s not about being a tough guy,” Farrell said. “I wrote it so that people could see. It’s a pretty dark book. It’s pretty graphic. It’s exactly how I lived it then.”

Farrell also gave advice about writing memoirs and screenplays. “Along my career I never gave up on that I was going to write this some day, I was going to tell my story, I was going to be a writer, that I wanted to be a writer,” he added. “And of course for a lot of writers that means you have to teach, so I became a teacher in college.” Farrell currently teaches English at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Also discussed: An Ad Age report that newspaper revenues will eventually rebound and News Corp.‘s Chase Carey‘s comments that the free television model has to change.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Sponsored Post

Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.