The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prizewinning biographer Blake Bailey talks about his new biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend, the story of five disastrous days in the life of alcoholic Don Birnam, which was published in 1944 and was very successful. Jackson was a doting family man with two daughters, and was often industrious and sober, but he found it nearly impossible to write without pills or alcohol. Bailey’s book Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson looks at a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America, and what one had to do with the other.


Blake Bailey

Comments [3]

Noach (Independent, anti-Corporate,anti-War) from Brooklyn

Gore Vidal is another celebrated author who was famous for his bisexuality.

Yet, I wonder how many people know that Vidal may have completely shunned the specific, gruesome, unhygienic, anatomically and physiologically unsound act (buggery) that has been so conflated with male homosexuality (both by the "gay" as well as the general community and media).

Consider the following essay, which quotes passages from Vidal's work describing his clear aversion to buggery and preference to frot (phallus-to-phallus sex):


(DISCLAIMER: I am neither condoning /any/ form of homosexual contact nor endorsing all of the views and opinions expressed on the aforementioned site. But said views desperately need and deserve exposure.)

Mar. 20 2013 01:06 PM
Gary from Port Washington

I left a link to this wonderful discussion on Charlies R. Jackson Wikipeida page.

Mar. 20 2013 12:59 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Is the use of "Wilder" in the title a pun on Billy Wilder, who directed the loose yet sometimes brilliant film adaptation of "Lost Weekend"?

Mar. 20 2013 12:15 PM

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