On Books and Booze: Olivia Laing's 'The Trip to Echo Spring'

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right." Fitzgerald was a member of the vast club of famous writers who appreciated the bottle, including Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. In her new book, "The Trip to Echo Spring," author Olivia Laing explores the reasons why so many literary stars loved to drink, and the both amazing and devastating impact it had on their writings.


Olivia Laing, author of "The Trip to Echo Spring" and "To the River;" writer-in-residence at the British Library, and the deputy books editor of The Observer