Something To Try For Writer’s Block?
The Telegraph has an article on absinthe.
Its literary devotees believed absinthe freed the imagination. According to Wilde, the first stage in its consumption was “like ordinary drinking”, in the second “you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful and curious things”. At one time or another, both the brilliance and the mental problems of many artists and writers, from van Gogh to Strindberg, have been attributed to absinthe.
Somewhere in there is a book review, too.