Asked once why he drank so much, critic and editor Dwight Macdonald replied:
"I'm an alcoholic, Goddammit it!"
From a really terrific NYTimes Book Review piece on a new collection of Macdonald's acerbic criticism, Dwight Macdonald's War on Mediocrity, last Sunday. Few reviews are so entertaining, but then, few critics (or writers, for that matter) threw off as many mental sparks as Macdonald.
From Jack Shafer, formerly of Slate.