Drinking Life -- A Memoir
by Rich Sheppard
While he might capture the flavor of Brooklyn neighborhoods by
mentioning street corners and hangouts, he doesn't capture at
all the flavor of the times Brooklyn or elsewhere. One item
worth noting: to his credit, Mr. Hamill does not preach about
Lacking in this autobiographical
examination of a "life of drinking" is any sense of
whether the writer changed or not. It seems he hasn't.
He is the same columnist today that he was when he
drank. Perhaps the parts about Brooklyn might excite
natives, but for outsiders, Hamill's descriptions of his
youth into manhood are tedious and overwrought.
descriptions of his youth into manhood are tedious and overwrought."