A Drinking Life is the memoir of the writer, Pete Hamill. Devoured it.
You see this, he said, where you say this is a tragedy?
I’m taking it out. And don’t you ever use the fucking word “tragedy” again. You tell what happened, and let the reader say it’s a tragedy. If you’re crying, the reader won’t.
I see what you mean.
You better, he said, taking a drag on the cigarette, then sipping the black coffee. He glanced at the story again.
Maybe in another eight or nine years, you could be pretty good at this miserable trade.
Thanks, I said, and started to leave.
Oh, by the way, Paul Sann said. You’re hired.