Drinking Out Loud

Addiction and advertising can be funny. Who knew?

At the age of 8 Augusten Burroughs was driven to drink by Bewitched. "I worshipped Darren Stevens the First," he writes in his new memoir, Dry (St. Martin's; 293 pages). "When he'd come home from work, Samantha would say, 'Darren, would you like me to fix you a drink?' He'd always rest his briefcase on the table below the mirror in the foyer...and say, 'Better make it a double.'" Burroughs would uncap one of his father's liquor bottles, upend it with his hand pressed over the top, then recap it and lick his palm.

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