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'The Wet and the Dry' is a nuanced cocktail of a book
"He who makes a beast of himself," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "gets rid of the pain of being a man." His subject is, of course, inebriation and the way that, in the derangement of the senses, we might escape, however briefly, what Lawrence Osborne calls "a loneliness that otherwise cannot be so easily dislodged."
By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
July 26, 2013