Thats the philosophy behind the First Annual Drinking & Writing Festival, a one-day event being held in Chicago on June 11 to honor the contributions of alcohol to the arts.
Cocktail-loving writers will gather at a bar to listen to drinking songs, have discussions about hard-drinking writers like Ernest Hemingway and drink endless amounts of beer.
There is also a Two-Drink-Minimum Writing Contest where soused authors scribble a story in 15 minutes and the best one wins his or her weight in beer from a local brewery.
The event is an offshoot of the Drinking & Writing Brewery, a production company that stages plays pondering the connection between drinking and writing.
Co-founder Steve Mosqueda says he doesnt know why so many writers are drunks, but finds his own drinking spawns some really creative ideas.
He says the other co-founder, Sean Benjamin, insists hes more productive when hes drunk or hung-over.
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