Thursday, April 21, 2011

#Pubwrite's Raison d'etre: Get Drunk!

Recently I have discovered the wonders of Twitter and in doing so I have discovered hashtag "chat-rooms" using TweetDeck.  One such hashtag is #pubwrite.  Basically, it is where indie authors and budding authors go to drink, write, and socialize during their creative process.  If ever there was a statement fully enveloped the beauty of this pubwrite it is as follows:

        One should always be drunk.  That's the great thing; the only question.  Not to feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and bowing you to the earth, you should be drunk without respite.
         Drunk with what?  With wine, with poetry, or with virtue as you please.  But get drunk.

         And if sometimes you should happen to awake, on the stairs of a palace, on the green grass of a ditch, in the dreary solitude of your own room, and find that your drunkenness is ebbing or has vanished, as the wind and the wave, ask star, bird, or clock, ask everything that flies, everything that moans, everything that sings, everything that speaks, aske them the time; and the wind, the wave, the star, the bird and the clock will all reply: "It is Time to get drunk!  If you are not to be the martyred slaves of Time, be perpetually drunk!  With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please." 
Picture Likely Public Domain, Found Here
I found this poem online unattributed to any author but it turns out it was written by Charles Pierre Baudelaire.  This blog can tell you a lot more about the author.

The poem has all the elements of high-brow libertinism for aspiring authors who want to get drunk not only from flowing wine but from words flowing from their fingertips.  So GET DRUNK!  Start right now!

Recently I have been reading a bit of Heinlein, mainly "The Man From Mars," and this fits in with the part of the book I have just read.  Mike, the man from mars, finally "grocked" mankind.  To "grock" something is to "intimately and completely share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity" according to Wikipedia.  The man from mars "grocked" laughter and therefore "grocked" humanity in the process.  He discovered that we laugh because it is the only way we can bear bad things.  We don't laugh at the good but the bad.  The laughing becomes the good but it is not a result of good.

So too we have this Baudelaire poem.  Some things are quite unbearable without drinking.  The drink does not have to be alcoholic though alcohol is a good source of relief.  It must be a drink from something intoxicating.  Love, life, ideas, competition, and yes.. alcohol.  ANYTHING intoxicating.

Not everything in life will always be intoxicating.  Some parts of life will be a brutal struggle.  Despite this, though, I have the feeling that even the struggle can be a form of intoxication if dealt with correctly.  You decide!


  1. Not a "poem" as I think of a poem, but still thought provoking. "#pubwrite" on Twitter IS a gathering place, a watering hole, if you will. Truth be told, I bet most pubwriters do not imbibe. It's a frame of mind, a point of reference, a release. And I bet they all really are wearing pants.

    Excellent post, George.

  2. It is more like an inspirational speech I guess. Seems very poetic though.

  3. While I don't often drink while writing, I'm definitely considering it today... if only to calm my sore throat. The coughing fits keep interrupting my train of thought.

    Anyway, I loved the 'poem'. Writing and creativity is like a drug itself, and the high of finishing that trip is unlike anything alcohol could produce.

  4. I have really enjoyed meeting all the authors that have talked on Pubwrite. It is a really good resource to meet new authors. Everyone gets their drinks and talks with everyone. You can ask anything. Love it.

  5. "Not everything in life will always be intoxicating. Some parts of life will be a brutal struggle. Despite this, though, I have the feeling that even the struggle can be a form of intoxication if dealt with correctly."

    As A #pubwrite r this captures the writing process and why we congregate. It is the intoxication of the words and the struggle to find them. It is drinking in the support of our fellows. A virtual pub. Baudelaire is magnificent.