Writer, journalist, and critic Olivia Laing discusses her newest book, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, and the challenges of looking into the mind of an alcoholic versus the mind of a writer....more
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We both pretended to ignore the brown bag inserted into the plastic grocery bags. We ignored my role as witness to this process....more
The headaches, my difficulty focusing, my specimen-daze, that floating island, my spastic, nervous heart—which are side effects from drinking, and which were inevitable?...more
Alcohol and authors. It’s a subject so old and rich and fraught you could write a book on it—which is exactly what Olivia Laing did.
That book is called The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, and Blake Morrison’s review of it in the Guardian is itself a great essay on the subject, covering writers’ love and loathing of liquor in real life and on the page....more
I’m starting this Science Saturday in the world of alcoholic consumption, which is a world very dear to me. I am joyful in every study that suggests moderate drinking is good for you, though I weep a bit inside when I read what they consider moderate....more