EppsNet Archive: Alcoholism

The NFL Doesn’t Condone Alcohol Abuse?

25 Jan 2015 /


EppsNet Book Reviews: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

29 Mar 2014 /

Richard Yates poses the question of how much reality people can stand, and the answer he comes up with is “not very much.” Alternatives to facing reality head-on are explored in Revolutionary Road: avoidance, denial, alcoholism, insanity and death.

Some excerpts:

“You want to play house you got to have a job. You want to play very nice house, very sweet house, you got to have a job you don’t like. Great. This is the way ninety-eight-point-nine per cent of the people work things out, so believe me buddy you’ve got nothing to apologize for. Anybody comes along and says ‘Whaddya do it for?’ you can be pretty sure he’s on a four-hour pass from the State funny-farm; all agreed.”

 

And all because, in a sentimentally lonely time long ago, she had found it easy and agreeable to believe whatever this one particular boy felt like saying, and to repay him for that pleasure by telling easy, agreeable lies of her own, until each was saying what the other most wanted to hear — until he was saying “I love you” and she was saying “Really, I mean it; you’re the most interesting person I’ve ever met.”

People’s inability to absorb large, unfiltered doses of reality probably explains why New Yorker fiction editor Roger Angell wrote to Yates’s agent in 1981, “It seems clearer and clearer that his kind of fiction is not what we’re looking for. I wonder if it wouldn’t save a lot of time and disappointment in the end if you and he could come to the same conclusion.”

And why at the time of his death in 1992, all of Yates’ books were out of print.

Rating: 5 stars


Are You an Alcoholic?

1 Jun 2011 /

Web comic


Do You Drink Too Much?

18 Nov 2010 /

Alcohol Abuse: Do You Drink Too Much?

Warning Sign #1: You avoid reading articles entitled “Do You Drink Too Much?”


Twitter: 2009-08-05

5 Aug 2009 /
  • What's better on a hot summer afternoon — iced tea or lemonade? Thanks to Arnold Palmer, I don't have to choose! #
  • "AA can only help weak people because their ego is strengthened by the group. I was never a joiner." — F. Scott Fitzgerald #

Microblog: 2009-04-20

20 Apr 2009 /
  • Carrie Fisher on her core audience: Alcoholics, addicts, gay (both sexes), mentally ill & people named Erica – http://twurl.nl/hvswww #
  • You know my motto: I never metacognitive I didn’t like. #
  • Temps are soaring in the OC. Treated myself to an ice-cold lemonade at lunch… #
  • @NoReinsGirl That’s why I stockpile rum, coke and ice. Emergency preparedness! in reply to NoReinsGirl #

Core Audience

19 Apr 2009 /

Carrie Fisher on her core audience:

Alcoholics, addicts, gay (both sexes), mentally ill & people named Erica……


My Hair is Too Short

9 May 2006 /

The girl at Fantastic Sam’s cut my hair too short. She was telling me about a car accident she had yesterday and I asked her, “Were you drunk at the time?”

“In the morning?!” she yelled. “Hel-lo!? I was drinking coffee!

O-kay, like, overreaction! Probably in major denial mode, and does in fact have a serious drinking problem. And like I said, she took it out on my hair.