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On the whole, literature tends to concentrate on the before, rather than the after

What has "struck me most in the past week," writes Michael Gove, Conservative MP for Surrey Heath, "is the relatively lowly place that the sacred hangover enjoys in our literature. Having had to re-acquaint myself with Burns’s verse I was struck by how lyrically he could write about drink, getting drunk, the infectious joy of drinking with friends, and even the trouble into which drink can lead one, without ever allowing himself to pay tribute to the special state of wretchedness inseparable from enthusiastic enjoyment of Scotland’s finest export."

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Posted by Cynthia on January 31, 2007 at 09:24 AM in Alcohol (miscellaneous), Literature | Permalink