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Originally Posted by Haim Ronen:
Originally Posted by Noogle:

Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914

 

Max Hastings

Noogle,

 

Hastings books are always an intellectual treat. I had the pleasure to hear him speak in Chicago last year. How is the Catastrophe?

 

Haim

+1. Big fan of the man.

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

 

Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

Originally Posted by Voltaire:

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

 

Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

I agree, some of my most lucid and talented moments were after a 10 pint session and a kebab.

Originally Posted by Dan43:
Originally Posted by Voltaire:

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

 

Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

I agree, some of my most lucid and talented moments were after a 10 pint session and a kebab.

You should behave more responsibly, kebabs are bad for you! You'll never right a classic on those things

Originally Posted by Dan43:
Originally Posted by Voltaire:

 

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

 

Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

I agree, some of my most lucid and talented moments were after a 10 pint session and a kebab.

 

May I humbly enquire if these moments seemed as lucid and talented when reconsidered the next morning? 

Originally Posted by Voltaire:
Originally Posted by Dan43:
Originally Posted by Voltaire:

 

Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

 

Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

I agree, some of my most lucid and talented moments were after a 10 pint session and a kebab.

 

May I humbly enquire if these moments seemed as lucid and talented when reconsidered the next morning? 

Not judging by where I woke up :-) 

If you liked Joan Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking (which I did)...

 

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

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