Trysh Travis


On her book The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey

Cover Interview of January 27, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How recovery ideas migrated into the popular imagination.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Recovery is a diverse and evolving phenomenon whose complex history reflects the shifting ideas about gender and power that characterize contemporary America.”

On the second:

“That AAs continue to re-imagine the man on the bed in new media suggests that even as the organization has grown into a global phenomenon of millions of members, its radical potential— the possibility that individual men might transform their lives by embracing relationships of compassion, rather than competition—remains alive.”