Posts tagged ‘drinking’

March 18, 2012

Boozing it Up on the Page

St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday and I nearly forgot unti I saw a guy wearing a green balloon hat and green suspenders. Had it been 12 years ago, my sister and I (who are something like 1/16 Irish) would be throwing a rager, complete with Bushmills, Guinness, green cookies, and dry ice pluming out of the toilet (we actually cracked the tank once. Yeah, not a smart move). These days, I boil some red cabbage if I even remember St. Patrick’s Day and look at my green dresses in the closet, then slip into a pair of jeans instead. Whatever.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day benders, The Huffington Post published a piece on getting smashed in literature. Very entertaining. Highlights include Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton, and Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis.

My personal favorites would have to include The Great Gatsby, and possibly The Dharma Bums by Kerouac, but mostly John Cheever comes to mind,  particularly O Youth and Beauty!which remains one of the most tangible and touching stories on getting ripped I’ve ever read. Cheever wrote about booze like no one else.

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