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Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking | Olivia Laing
A "New York Times "Notable Book of 2014A "Time" "Magazine "Notable Book of 2014 Olivia Laing's widely acclaimed account of how writers in the grip of alcoholism created some of the greatest works of American literature In "The Trip to Echo Spring," Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and alcohol in the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. Captivating and highly original, "The Trip to Echo Spring" strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.
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Abailliekaras
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A fascinating account of six writers & their battles with alcoholism, and part travel memoir as Olivia Laing visits their home towns in America. I learnt much about these writers - all fascinating characters - & the destructive side of their addictions. Interesting & sad to ponder why men of such talent kept ruining it - & what more they could have achieved. Laing is compassionate & her writing is exquisite. A great read.

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Abailliekaras
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My daughter is competing in Tournament of Minds today so I have a whole day of waiting around at Flinders Uni. Not a bad spot to read though!

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Simona
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Book is the mixture of literary criticism, biography, memoir, travelogue, and this dynamic structure is quite impressive pulled together in coherent story about inner demons and struggles of six, more or less connected and successful writers. Heavy and complex topic treated with respect, well researched, written in readable, almost chatty, prose and with very personal touch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen This sounds really good‼️‼️would also work for #genrebusting 4mo
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ephemeralwaltz Stacked! And this is a really beautiful cover. 4mo
Leftcoastzen I really loved it. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I might have to stack this one. 4mo
Simona @Cinfhen It is a good for#genrebusting but only for #nonfiction lovers. 4mo
Simona @ephemeralwaltz I like retro vibes on this cover too❣️ 4mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I can‘t say that I loved it, but I liked it enough that I can recommend it. 4mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Not the perfect book, but very interesting approach to the subject. 4mo
Crazeedi Great photo, sound interesting! 4mo
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Simona
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Warm weather, good company and new book. Perfect Sunday❣️

@bookriot #bookstagram #riotgrams #BooksAndSocks

Poet422 I find myself asking, how do you differentiate between coincidence and serendipity? Not only did I just join Litsy but I find in my first feed this lovely photograph featuring a book about writers and drinking while, I am, in fact, writing and drinking. Whatever meta-physics‘ roll in bringing me to this moment in time of one thing I am certain, another glass of wine is called for... 6mo
Leftcoastzen Love this book! 6mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I‘m only three chapters in, but the subject is very interesting. 6mo
Simona @Poet422 I‘m for serendipity ... sounds more dramatic. 😘 6mo
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charl08
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings on this one: beautifully written but such a depressing topic.

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charl08
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Laing inspects Hemingway's shelves in Miami.

arubabookwoman Watched the movie The Leisureseeker last night where an elderly couple go on a road trip to visit Hemingway‘s house in Key West and were horrified to find how commercialized it has become. I still think it would be worth a visit. I don‘t think I‘ve ever visited an author‘s home. 1y
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charl08
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On drinking and writing

arubabookwoman I don‘t think Trump drinks, but if liars make the best writers he would be a Literature Nobelist. 1y
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charl08
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I had a flash of that tiresomely English reluctance to join in...

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kidamy
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On Wednesday, I arrived at the SO's work too early to pick him up just so I could enjoy a pint and a chapter.

Does anyone else find it a little funny how people don't understand that the book isn't always because of the wait, but sometimes we create the wait because of the book?

#bookandapint

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LitLogophile
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Nothing like coming home to #bookmail! Thank you so much @hermyknee 😘

hermyknee Enjoy! ☺️ 2y
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hermyknee
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Comment below by 8pm EST / 7pm CST tonight 1/21 to be entered into a random name generator to win one of these nonfiction books!

Just comment which book you‘d like to receive and you‘ll be entered into the giveaway!

1. The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
2. Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America‘s Greatest Tragedy
3. A Happier Hour

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#Giveaway #Nonfiction

ElishaLovesBooks Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds interesting 2y
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AmberWB Sounds interesting.... 2y
JenReadsAlot Thanks for this - I would love Clean: overcoming addiction. 2y
Smashlee A Happier Hour 2y
TheBookStacker #1 thanks for the awesome giveaway! 2y
StephanieGeiser A Happier Hour 2y
Avanders What a wonderful giveaway !! 2y
heikemarie Sorry I missed sharing, but so cool! 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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Are they drinkers with a writing problem?Ms. Laing digs deep into the culture of writing and drinking while touring notable sites that were the stomping grounds of the writers discussed in the book.Fitzgerald ,Hemingway,Tennessee Williams, Cheever, Berryman and Carver.She honors their great skills yet points out the devastation alcohol had on their lives and the lives of their families.Excellent Book.

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sundriedkaraoke
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We all carry something inside us that can be rejected; that can look silver in the light. You can deny it, or try and throw it in the garbage, by all means. You can despise it so much you drink yourself halfway to death. At the end of the day, though, the only thing to do is to take hold of yourself, to gather up the broken parts.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! This one comes recommended by my supervisor. Laing focuses on one specific question: Why have some of literature's best works been composed by alcoholics? Is there a connection between the two? She looks at Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Berryman, Cheever, and Carter. She traveled extensively to compile this book for us. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

myers85 A troubled mind can still be a brilliant one. 2y
BookBabe Oooh. Interesting! 😮 #stacked 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#augustgrrrl #raiseyourglass @Cinfhen

Olivia Laing explores the relationship between alcohol and creativity in this nonfiction book. She discusses the extent to which alcohol has played a role in the writing of iconic authors including Hemingway and Fitzgerald. I'm looking forward to finally reading this one; it currently sits on my Kindle TBR list.

Cinfhen Interesting topic! 2y
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youneverarrived
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Olivia Laing #needsmorelove I haven't read To the River yet but the other two are really interesting. The tagged book is about writers and their connection with alcohol & The Lonely City is about loneliness in artists/writers and in their work. She brings her own life into both books but it's done in a way that doesn't distract from the people she writes about. Recommend for anyone that likes reading non-fiction books about writers #anditsaugust

kathedron I liked To the River very much: it's on my re-read list. I didn't know about the other two so have now stacked them. 2y
youneverarrived @River_Voice good to hear you liked it I'm looking forward to reading it. I think The Lonely City will be a re-read for me. 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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This is part travelogue, part memoir (alcoholism affected Laing's family when she was a child), and mostly biographical coverage on the above authors and how alcohol gripped them. It also covers neurobiology and psychology-- questions why/how alcoholism happens. No easy answers. I enjoyed this thought provoking read. One caveat-- the author does dissect some of the above's works -- so if you hate any kind of spoilers, keep that in mind.

Leftcoastzen I have it on my TBR,can't wait ,may move it up ,sounds good 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Just started this non-fic about writers and drinking. The author holds up "The Swimmer " by John Cheever as an excellent example of short story that also embodies alcoholism. So of course I had to pick up my bedside copy of John Cheever's short story collection to read it (it's near the back, so I hadn't gotten to it yet). What a story it is ?! (ETA to add tag ?)

Reggie A little off topic, but have you read On Writing by Stephen King? I only read the first half but apparently he had a substance abuse problem. There's an early book he doesn't even remember writing. I thought that was crazy. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I've read it, and I thought it was very good! Amazing that he has no recall of writing a book 😱 2y
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Zelma @Reggie @ValerieAndBooks it was Cujo. Makes some sense after reading it. 2y
batsy I've got this and The Lonely City on my TBR, Laing seems like such an interesting writer! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Zelma @Reggie I was wondering which book it was! I read Cujo way back in HS and it scared me so bad!! Do I have enough nerve to re-read and see if I can tell 🤔? 2y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy 👍That book is definitely on my radar and TBR list, especially since I like reading about artists. 2y
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kidamy
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Despite some success with giving away books (well, one) over a week ago, and my determination to #readmyowndamnbooks, I bought more books this weekend while out with friends, including @janeycanuck (who exercised much restraint despite us going into 3 separate shops). #iamweak

janeycanuck The trick is to convince other people to buy books so that your shopping urge is curbed without adding to your own stack! 2y
kidamy @janeycanuck *gasp* you're a monster! 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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#bookhaul Thought it would NEVER get here!Like I needed any more.

rubyslippersreads That 🦉book! 😍 2y
Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads Angell family has nesting box near their home. Observe and draw nesting western screech owls for 25 years. 2y
batsy You always need more! I've been meaning to read Olivia Laing, including this one. Have you read The Lonely City? 2y
Leftcoastzen @batsy Lonely City is on TBR 2y
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robotnic
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Bought these at Alexander Book Co. in San Francisco. Currently reading The Trip to Echo Spring, which has been on my list for years. Bumped it up since reading her lovely biography-art history-memoir The Lonely City. I love her writing style and ability to weave between subjects.

I also bought Riverine by Angela Palm because it won the Graywolf Prize for Nonfiction. After Eula Biss & Leslie Jamison's wins I'll buy anything that wins that prize.

MrBook Oh my, that book just calls to me: writers, drinking (not excessively, of course), I'm in 😎👌🏻! 3y
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Monirogs
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Currently window display from public library Jaume Perich i Escala #literature & #alcohol

MrBook Cool! Welcome to @Litsy ! 3y
Monirogs Thanks! 3y
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Jessica_Eff
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A quote from Hemingway, found in his personal papers after his death. Guess I'm going to have to work on that lying thing.