On drink and drugs and literary genius
Stuck in Maryland's winter wasteland, roads clogged by snow, you might be tempted to reach for the bottle of absinthe as you sit reading. But beware, drink and drugs doomed many artistic geniuses, including, many speculate, Edgar Allan Poe. Life -- yes, it lives on, in pixelated form -- has an interesting gallery of "Famous Literary Drunks and Addicts." It starts with Charles Baudelaire (booze, opium) and includes such luminaries as Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Which leads to the question: What's the role of drink and drugs (and even madness) in sparking literary creativity?