Books: Drunkspeare

THOSE DRINKING DAYS: MYSELF AND OTHER WRITERS by Donald Newlove; Horizon 176 pages; $9.95

For more than 25 years, Novelist Donald Newlove would not separate his need to write from his need to drink. He put himself in excellent company. Literary history is strewn with ego-alchemists who believed that they could turn alcohol and ink into art. But the marathon effort of a novel requires a clear head for architecture, and wine, as Dr. Johnson put it, "makes a man mistake words for thoughts."

Newlove, 52, filled a trunk with gorgeously marinated words, though he...

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