Drunk Literature

Book reviews and reflections, wine-soaked musings on life and literature.

Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares; if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.

Hemingway

Ninth Street Women: Relishing Art, Reframing History

Mary Gabriel flips the popular narrative, allowing us to reassess the people, the art, and the moment — the rise of Abstract Expressionism — through the lens of the women who lived it and forced the art world to make space.

On Sally Rooney as Our Millennial Hemingway

Where The Sun Also Rises is post-war, Normal People is post-recession, late capitalism. And, like Hemingway, Rooney’s writing is sparing, never dwelling longer than necessary. It’s a more modern writerly confidence.

Short Story: La Madone, Code Name Artemis

Undercover in Occupied France, Virginia Hall would organize the ambush of Nazi supply trains, call down Allied bombs, and orchestrate complex supply drops to fuel the Resistance.

Apeirogon: A Beautiful Immersion Into Conflict

Colum McCann is probing memory and stretching the limits of the novel. And not just the memory of his protagonists, but the memory of the land itself. The result is transportive, sweeping but rooted in humanity.


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