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Guns and Tequila: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah

Until very recently, Hollywood was chock-full of drunkards. Some of our finest writers, directors and actors have turned in Academy-quality drinking performances. Whether you're talking...

Madman About Town: Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis did not care what people thought of his drinking. He was a grand old man of English letters, a comic master, recipient of...

For Whom the Booze Tolls

Ernest Hemingway had rolled into Key West a couple of weeks earlier. After touring the local dives, he settled in at a rough and...
Jack Daniels

You Don’t Know Jack Daniel

As most savvy drinkers are by now aware, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 is no longer with us. It has been knifed in the...

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

“Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” — Bernard Malamud I heard the news in a bar....

The Great Drunk: Lushing Large with Jackie Gleason, Part 1

Jackie Gleason drank up life in huge, full-throated swallows — straight-up, no mixer, and the tab was on him. And when I say life,...
Woody Woodbury

Woody Woodbury: High Holy Man of Hooch

In the early 60s Woody Woodbury reigned as the High Priest of Liquor Culture. His headquarters was a famous watering hole in Fort Liquordale (Fort...

Hooching with Hemingway, Part 1

Hemingway. The name’s very mention brings to mind not only bullfights, deep-sea fishing, and big-game hunting, but also barroom brawls, absinthe parties and wild booze...

Plum Brandy

P.G. Wodehouse— ”Plum” to his friends—is arguably the 20th Century’s finest writer of English prose. He was certainly the funniest. Most famous for his creation...

The House of Good Cheer

The perennial comic strip “Andy Capp” has recently been banished from the Washington Post as an evil influence, and small wonder. In Andy’s world there...