Addicted in Academe

| May 13, 2002

Addicted in Academe, Anonymous, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The cliché of the drunken author (usually male, and often a charming, funny, bittersweet stereotype,) makes us think that the writer's life is one of necessary inebriation: that either the source of creativity or the ability to cope with the seeming lack of it issues directly from the bottle. But Anonymous, writing in The Chronicle Review, has been through it and back, and her experience with rehab, AA, and sobriety proved to be perhaps more insightful than any drunken episode. For her, drinking seemed at first a natural companion to her literary life. Hemingway was to be read with a glass of wine, and she remembers 'I couldn't envision dinner without pinot noir, a conference without the hotel bar, a lonely evening without a brandy, a department meeting without the promise of a glass of sherry upon coming home.' But at some point the connection between alcohol and writing didn't turn out to be the romanticized notion that it had been, and Anonymous relates the misconceptions that many of us tend to believe.
--Julie Madsen
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