The Themitical: the norms and mores by which our daily struggles with life are painted, framed and lit.

A Snit: a fit of irritation, a sulky stomping off.

You’ll find collected here writings about crises of the ordinary – when life’s taken-for-granted models and directives fall short, fall apart, or fall crashing into each other.

Examples are drawn from the author’s own research into substance dependence, as well as anthropological and philosophical literature and the lives of others. The enduring question: What is the Good, and how is it lost, found, and lived?

Other concerns: medical anthropology, psychiatry and its critics, workers’ movements and labour, mutual-help groups, addiction and alcoholism, disciplinary epistemologies and cultures, and other social topographies to grope from without.