The Trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing: Laing’s question is, what is the mysterious connection between writing and drinking? To answer it she weaves together the lives of great alcoholic writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cheever, and Tennessee Williams, looking at why they needed to drink, what drinking gave them, and what it took away.
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Life is unpredictable. It changes with the seasons. Even your coldest winter happens for the best of reasons. And though it feels eternal, like all you'll ever do is freeze. I promise spring is coming and with it, brand new leaves. (poem and picture by Erin Hanson)
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The recipient of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and one of NPR's Best Books of 2011, Open City is a flaneur's love letter to city life and the peregrinations of one's own mind. Cole's protagonist, Julius, a Nigerian immigrant and psychiatry resident, ambles around Manhattan,chatting with fellow immigrants,thinking about women, art, decay. With the perceptive intelligence of W.G. Sebald and a Joycean attention to interiority, Open City mines the past and announces a form for the future
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