Smoke Weed Every Day: Lee Child Writes Stoned
Writer’s often eccentric habits have been chronicled in intensive detail over the years, particularly with the culture of celebrity we've developed in the 21st Century. That said, it never ceases to amaze when a successful author admits to doing something like taking drugs while writing his best-selling novels.
Well Lee Child, creator of the very successful Jack Reacher series did just that this weekend in an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, even going so far as to boast about how accessible his dealer is.
"I’ve been smoking weed for 44 years, five nights a week," the author confessed. "I’m the poster boy to prove it doesn’t do you much harm. I have a guy on speed dial in New York who comes over with a huge range of marijuana. I smoke it in a pipe because I’ve never been any good at rolling my own joints.”
In light of recent claims that Ernest Hemingway didn’t actually write while inebriated, I guess I have to applaud his persistence. Child also claims “he keeps his writing razor-sharp by working while high on cannabis” — he isn’t the first person I’ve discovered functions better stoned than sober. And hell, who am I to argue with a guy whose novels are so successful, one is purchased “every two seconds”? Not to mention, Tom Cruise liked the character so much he had to play Jack Reacher? Wait…
Okay, I’ll admit that reading Child's books is a guilty secret of mine, but I don’t think this is going to convince me to try writing drunk or stoned again. I work better sober at the moment, and if it ain’t broke… What about you? Do you imbibe any sort of mind-altering substances before or during writing?
Never Go Back, Child's 18th Jack Reacher book, is out on August 28
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