Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Top 10 Drunk American Authors

Thanks for this excellent list, whoever posted this so it popped up in my Google reader. You've made my path clear to me in two simple steps:

1) get a sex change;
2) nurture my drinking habit (which alas has fallen into disrepair)

Happy Wednesday!

7 comments:

cyn said...

heh. weren't most of them depressed and self-medicating really? i may be way too stable and boring to become a really good writer. =)

Jaye Wells said...

Hey! Where are all the drunk chicks? I bet Dorothy Parker could drink Bukowski under the table.

Lisa said...

The Bukowski quote is great. I've never heard that one before. I'll bet a lot of alcoholics, or perhaps recovering alcoholics would agree. The question of what any of these men might have written, if anything had they not been drinkers on such a scale is intriguing.

jalexissmith said...

One of my favorite bars in Boston is called Bukowski's- good beer and dollar burgers before 8pm. I highly recommend it!

Froog said...

That's a great list - I'll be plundering that for my Barstool Blues blog for months.

One of my favourite lines on the benefits of drinking is from Shane MacGowan of The Pogues:
"The most important thing to remember about drunks is that drunks are far more intelligent than non-drunks. They spend a lot of time talking in pubs, unlike workaholics who concentrate on their careers and ambitions, who never develop their higher spiritual values, who never explore the insides of their head like a drunk does."

Charles Gramlich said...

That alcoholic list is worth aspiring to, or is that "expiring."

Froog said...

Several years ago the BBC did a (not very scientific) study of the link between depression and creativity. I think the guinea-pigs were all writers rather than visual artists. One of them was Bernard Sumner, the lyricist of New Order. Without exception, their writing all turned to shit when they went on SSRIs.