[ilds] Alcoholism

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 18:06:59 PST 2015


I wonder if it's worth considering the ethical element here as well. 
Surely alcoholism is not an ethical issue in itself -- very often people 
will act out in ethically dubious ways due to their addictions, but the 
addiction itself is ethically neutral.

Durrell drank, and while that certainly shaped some of his bad behavior, 
it's not really a thing unto itself.  Someone like Lowry made alcoholism 
an integral part of the work.  Hemingway made drink figure in the text 
as a marker for self-censorship.  Durrell, Joyce, Barnes, et al. don't 
strike me in the same way.

Cheers,
James

On 2015-11-25 5:11 PM, Marc Piel wrote:
> Surely you cannot compare wine (11°) and whisky(>45°)
> Marc



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