Unholy trinity: Booze, smokes, good journalism

Jack Shafer in Slate:

“Every profession needs what academics call an “occupational mythology” to sustain it, a set of personal and social dramas, arrangements, and devices, as sociologist Everett Hughes put it, “by which men make their work tolerable, or even make it glorious to themselves and others.” As hard drugs are to the hard-rocker and tattoos are to the NBA player, so booze is to the journalist—even if he doesn’t drink.”

Read the full article: Why booze, cigarettes are essential to good journalism

And the biggest drunk in journalism is…

All the booze fit to drink

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