“I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs, or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me”

February 5, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Courtesy of Life: a picture gallery of famous literary drunks and drug addicts. How come it doesn’t surprise me that Ayn Rand was a speed freak?

P.S. Three guesses who was responsible for the quote in this post’s title. (And, no: it wasn’t me.)

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3 Responses to ““I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs, or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me””
  1. Andrew S says:

    Well, obviously, it’s the good Doctor.

    I’ve always found the rate of alcoholism among writers alarming, though I think that was also part of the culture of that pre-war generation as a whole…. anyway, Friday afternoon and work is done … think I’ll go get sloshed and work on those edits.

  2. I tried hard to be a drunken writer, but I’m lousy at multi-tasking. Strangely enough, around the same time I stopped getting blotto 10-15 times a month, I started writing better.

  3. I have experinced the connection in my own life betwen alcohol intake and writing, and the only insight I’ve been able to derive is that – not meaning to romanticize – you have to break some stones to get at the diamonds.