The Trip to Echo Spring

What does alcohol afford writers, and what does it cost them?  Olivia Laing profiles six late greats (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Carver, Berryman, Cheever, and Tennessee Williams) and the role booze played in their lives and books.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…