John Larroquette on Samuel Beckett

Larroquette on alcoholism and Krapp's Last Tape

In an interview with Joanne Kaufman for The Wall Street Journal, American actor John Larroquette describes his first encounter with Samuel Beckett's work, and how it helped him to cope with alcoholism:
He's been sober for 30 years now. But really, he's just traded one addiction—booze—for another: books. Soon after his last bender, Mr. Larroquette, an avid reader, wandered into a Venice, Calif., store that held bric-a-brac and a shelf with titles by Samuel Beckett, his guiding light.

"I didn't have enough money to buy the signed first edition of 'Krapp's Last Tape.' So I bought the unsigned first edition. And the feeling it gave me was just euphoric—and much like getting high, frankly," recalled Mr. Larroquette as he sat one morning last week at Argosy Bookstore, where he recently bought a first edition of Joan Didion essays for his wife and mulled over an opening-night gift for Mr. Jones. [Read More]
In a 2011 interview with Richard Ouzounian for The Star, Larroquette included Beckett at the top of his list of favourite writers: 'It's his novels that get to me: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable. I must have read them 15-20 times.' [Read more]

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