Artists Under the Influence

artists under the influenceIt’s no secret. Many writ­ers have writ­ten their mas­ter­pieces under the influ­ence of var­i­ous liq­uids and chem­i­cals, rang­ing from fair­ly innocu­ous to not. This month, Lapham’s Quar­ter­ly has pulled togeth­er a list that cor­re­lates great works with con­tribut­ing sub­stances. Here’s a quick sam­ple:

  • Hon­oré de Balzac, La comédie humaine, Cof­fee
  • W.H. Auden, Sep­tem­ber 1, 1939, Ben­zedrine
  • Tru­man Capote, In Cold Blood, Dou­ble Mar­ti­nis
  • Ken Kesey, One Who Flew Over the Cuck­oo’s Nest, Pey­ote & LSD

via @kirstinbutler

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  • i think chem­i­cals can stim­u­late the cre­ative part of the human brain or some­thing. just a thought. as for my expe­ri­ence as a tech­ni­cal writer, soda keeps my mind sharp and more curi­ous than usu­al. I can’t seem to notice at times that my mind work on its own.

  • IMH says:

    I find smok­ing pot some­times hun­ders my right­ing abil­i­ty. Often I can’t even be both­ered to fin­ish my sen­ten

  • Josh says:

    It is impor­tant to note that it is not log­i­cal to think that drugs lead to great works of art. More like­ly that great works of art lead to drugs.

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