Good Reading : March 2015
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MARCH 2015 74 QUIZ 1. Hor ror wr iter Stephen King’s addiction to alcohol and other drugs was so serious in the 1980s that he acknowledged in his book On Writing that he can barely remember wr iting which novel? 2. Which Amer ican playwr ight said in an interview with Paris Review two years before his death: ‘Amer ican wr iters nearly all have problems with alcohol because there’s a great deal of tension involved in wr iting.’ 3. Until the age of 45, what was the career of alcoholic wr iter Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), one of the founders of the hard-boiled genre of detective fiction? 4. Alcoholic short-story wr iter John Cheever (1912–82) was known as ‘the Chekhov of the ...’? 5. What is the name of the main character in F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, who – as also happened to the book’s author in real life – developed a drinking problem? 6. What pseudonym did acerbic quipster and alcoholic wr iter Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) use for her reviews in The New Yorker? 7. Chronic alcoholic Amer ican wr iter Charles Bukowski (1920–94), whose wr itings depicted the desperate lives of alcoholics and prostitutes and other people on the margins of respectable society, was called by Time magazine in 1986 the ‘laureate of ...’? 8. Which alcoholic Welsh wr iter wrote the poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’? 9. Noted author and alcohol abuser Hunter S Thompson (1937–2005) taught himself how to wr ite by copying which two famous novels on a typewr iter? For more infor mation about wr iters and their relationship with alcohol, see Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: On writers and drinking. ANSWERS: 1. Cujo 2. Tennessee Williams (1911–83). 3. Oil company executive 4. suburbs 5. Dick Diver. 6. Constant Reader 7. Amer ican lowlife 8. Dylan Thomas (1914–53) 9. F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. For some authors, writing can be a sheer delight. For others, sitting at a desk in front of a blank piece of paper or a white screen is enough to drive them to drink. In this month’s quiz, with St Patrick’s Day celebrations on our minds, we take a look at writers who succumbed to the lure of liquor.