“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Why Novelists Drink Too Much
Monday, August 10, 2009

This from an article in The Economist, which quotes Donald Goodwin's book, "Alcohol and the Writer": "Writing involves fantasy; alcohol promotes fantasy. Writing requires self-confidence; alcohol bolsters confidence. Writing is lonely work; alcohol assuages loneliness. Writing demands intense concentration; alcohol relaxes.

Thank God! I knew there was good reason explaining my favorite afternoon activity.
Then again, couldn't you replace the word "writer" with "plumber" or "forest ranger" and get the same truth?


4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could also replace "alcohol" with "pornography" or "adultery." I hope you're not planning on justifying those as well...

--Gentile reader

August 10, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Yeegads! Tell me: How does pornography bolster one's confidence?

August 10, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could easily substitute two words to replace "alcohol" in that paragraph and it would be as relevant: "jerking off"

--another Gentile reader

August 11, 2009 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

oops, sorry. I guess I forgot to close my blinds.

August 11, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

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