whitegirlsWhite Girls by Hilton Als | Colorado Review
“Als—a staff writer at The New Yorker—is a brave writer, one unafraid of taboos. But Als isn’t out to be deliberately provocative––it’s just that his interests are mired in complex and uncomfortable subjects, and his language refuses to adhere to political correctness, but instead probes each topic with the passion of an artist.”

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echoThe Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing | Buffalo Almanack
“Laing’s book does not try to reduce these writers to messy, drunken archetypes. Instead, Laing’s investigation into the drinking lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Berryman, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver takes a more sympathetic approach. Alcoholism remains a major social problem. The issue of why so many of our great artists suffer from such an affliction seems an important question, not to be dealt with lightly…”