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He drank because he was ashamed, and...


Coffee, this time.

A friend reminds me that there's a new Cheever bio out. Reviewed nicely here by Ian Crouch.

Sexual anxiety fueled both massive depression (what Cheever called le cafard, or “the cockroach”) and astonishing alcoholism. Bailey offers a succinct and elegant appraisal: “Rather like the tippler in the Little Prince, he drank because he was ashamed, and was ashamed because he drank.”
Consider this feat: Cheever published one-hundred twenty-one short stories in the New Yorker!