The writer as glamorous drunk? That myth is long gone.

HSFC_2019_12_31_Page28My December 31 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

The other day, while listening to a podcast from “Selected Shorts,” the public radio program where actors read short fiction before a live audience, I caught Leonard Nimoy reading Raymond Carver’s dazzling, heartbreaking story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” The four characters sit around a kitchen table drinking endless glasses of gin and talking about love. And a lot more.

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