American fiction's drunken masters

Aug 17, 2013

American fiction's drunken masters

by Peter Conrad

Rivers run through Olivia Laing’s writing — sometimes the real thing, either narrow and innocuous like a backwoods creek or mile-wide like the Mississippi; occasionally streams of memory that flow backwards, and sometimes gushers of tears; always a steady current of liquidly eloquent words. ...

U.S. baby boomers kill selves at high rate

Jun 7, 2013

U.S. baby boomers kill selves at high rate

Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself. A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. It was not ...

Processing the bitter to a durable, beautiful form

Apr 7, 2013

Processing the bitter to a durable, beautiful form

by Joseph S. O'leary

KICKING THE BLACK MAMBA: Life, Alcohol and Death, by Robert Anthony Welch. Darton, Longman and Todd, 2012, 240 pp., £12.99 (paperback) The late Bob Welch’s many friends will read this heart-rending elegy for his son, Egan, with total absorption. Some in Japan may recall ...