Thad Ziolkowski

Cindy Seip

Thad Ziolkowski is the author of the memoir On a Wave, 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. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University and is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. Ziolkowski is also the associate director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. In The Drop: How the Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery (Harper Wave), lifelong surfer Ziolkowski explores the connection between riding the waves, addiction, and recovery. Combining his own story with insights from scientists, progressive thinkers, top surfers, and addicts worldwide, he dismantles the myth of surfing as a sunny, wholesome lifestyle. But in the process, he also offers a new way to understand and overcome addiction – and how the lessons learned in surfing can be applied to other activities. William Finnegan, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days, called the book “… brilliant. You’ve never seen the gorgonian loops and layers of addiction illuminated so clearly and originally.”