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The Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction
8 Jan 2015 // 9:30 PM
The truth may be stranger than fiction, but as the numerous nonfiction books of 2014 also attest, it's often the truest stories that are the most gripping.
The Drowning Pool: When Great Writers Are Drunks
9 Mar 2014 // 9:30 PM
Berryman, Carver, Cheever, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams; none could tend the flame of their talent with anything but liquor and devastation.
'The Lonely City' Makes a Case for Empathy and Kindness
24 May 2016 // 10:00 PM
Olivia Laing mixes art criticism and memoir; effectively synthesizing these two modes of writing so that the personal elevates the analysis, with a sizable emotional heft.
Cracking Up: Why Writing and Drinking May Not Be Such a Great Combination, After All
6 Feb 2014 // 2:05 AM
The Trip to Echo Spring contemplates the vexed relationship between six great American writers and the alcoholism that undermined their lives.