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Meet the Author: Thad Ziolkowski

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Thad Ziolkowski is the author of the memoir On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003, and Wichita, a novel. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure and Interview Magazine. He has a PhD in English Literature from Yale University and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the Associate Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Books by Thad Ziolkowski

The Drop

How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery

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A reexamination and reframing of addiction through the lens of surfing and an exploration of what it teaches us about the pull of addictive behaviors, for better and for worse. Thad Ziolkowski explores his own and other surfers' relationships to drugs, alcohol, and their sport—and paves the way for a new understanding of the nature of addiction, showing that it isn’t always a force of destruction.  More »