Writing Under The Influence: It Requires an Expert

August 24th, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

The husband convinced his high school English teacher to let him read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for credit. Yes, the rest of the class was trying to comprehend King Lear; the husband was learning the terrors inherent in casino carpets. We believe this is where he developed his journalistic skills. Or maybe his distrust of authority — it’s never been clear.

Thus we feel we can speak for the husband when we say that mixing journalism and ouzo is a bad idea. Once you are no longer objective (read: you’ve become the story), you must stop and admit you’re Alice, not the rabbit. Trained professionals (what Gonzo journalism was before it became mainstream) understand the balance of writing and substance abuse. Amateurs should only try this at home.

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