John Butler ponders fierce addiction and peaceful death on Flesh & Blood


When John Butler answers his phone in New York City he’s got four words to describe the weather in the Big Frozen Apple: “Snowy, snowy, snowy, sno-weee.” It’s a far cry from the toasty beaches and rolling surf of his native Australia, and the vibe has only gotten frostier of late. It’s less than 24 hours since the shocking news of New York actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug overdose put a pall over the city—and much of the world.

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