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Why Writers Drink — and This One Doesn’t

Alcohol offers a devil’s bargain: inspiration through disinhibition, at the cost of a few I.Q. points, maybe even an early grave. Why are writers, more than other artists, so willing to take that risk?

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, an alcoholic novelist falling off the wagon in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980).




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Mark Dery

Mark Dery

Mark Dery ( is a cultural critic and the author of several books. He coined the term “Afrofuturism” and popularized culture jamming.

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