A few words from writers about drinking…

“When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there’s no holding me.” — William Faulkner


“Faulkner was a big drinker, went on wild binges, but he never wrote much while drunk. He and others drank to broaden their vision, their exaltation or despair, or to flee from the agony of the pure pain of creation.” — William Styron


“I’ve gone on the wagon, but my body doesn’t believe it. It’s waiting for the whiskey to get in there … to get me going. I never drink while I’m working, but after a few glasses, I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.” — Irwin Shaw


“Before I start to write, I always treat myself to a nice dry martini. Just one, to give me the courage to get started. After that, I am on my own.” — E.B. White


“After a few ounces, the old tunes wake up, the grandeur of jingling anguish, the lick and shimmer of language, the heartbreak at the core of things. … At a certain glow-level, my brilliancies assured me I was an angel writing in Paradise.” — Donald Newlove


“I can’t write without wine.” — Tennessee Williams

5 thoughts on “A few words from writers about drinking…

  1. The late Kingsley Amis wrote a book dedicated to the drink – it is one of the best pieces of thinking about imbibing I’ve ever read.

  2. I’ll have to read that. I posted those quotes because I was wondering if there was some natural link between writing and drinking, or if it only seems that way.

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