"It took me five or six years to write How Should a Person Be?, and there were many times when I felt discouraged. One of those times my friend Margaux Williamson told me that she had had a dream about my book, and she was going to make a painting. She made two, in the end, and gave them to me [pictured below]. When you are working on a book it is not an object yet, so it was nice to have something that represented it until it was finished. It made it a real thing.”
Introducing the first installment in our Picador True Tales series: Eimear Lynch's The Bridesmaids!
What do a former fashion model, an ex-nun, and a frat boy have in common? Virtually nothing, except that each has been a bridesmaid.
Being published this May!
(Cover designed by Jessica Hische and LeeAnn Falciani.)
"Drink is an escape. That is why so many people do it now. There is Weltschmerz - the uncertainty of the world today. All sensitive minds feel it. There is a passing away of the old order and we wonder what there will be for us in the new - if anything."
Next in Madeline Gobbo’s The Trip to Echo Spring portrait series: Raymond Carver indulges in a midnight Bloody Mary, with a side of espionage.
"I suppose I began to drink heavily after I’d realized that the things I wanted most in life for myself and my writing, and my wife and children, were simply not going to happen. It’s strange. You never start out in life with the intention of becoming a bankrupt or an alcoholic or a cheat and a thief. Or a liar."
Up next in Madeline Gobbo’s The Trip to Echo Spring portrait series: the Honourable Mr. John Cheever.
"I must convince myself that writing is not, for a man of my disposition, a self-destructive vocation. I hope and think it is not, but I am not genuinely sure. It has given me money and renown, but I suspect that it may have something to do with my drinking habits. The excitement of alcohol and the excitement of fantasy are very similar."
Madeline Gobbo’s Picador Illustrated series doodles onward into 2014! Here’s the first in a series of portraits of the writers featured in Olivia Laing’s TRIP TO ECHO SPRING: On Writers and Drinking, just out this month (learn more here).
"Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief." —Ernest Hemingway
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