Alcohol Studies Research Guide: Nonfiction: Pop Culture
This guide will help you navigate Alcohol Studies Research. Find articles, books, e-resources and popular books, as well as tips for writing and citing and information regarding the special collections at Rutgers University.
Upon finishing the first draft of this biography of Stuart Shorter, an ex-junkie ex-homeless friend, author Alexander Masters was told by Stuart himself that it should be more interesting, "like what Tom Clancy writes." In the end, he assembled a heartbreaking and deeply personal account of an extraordinary life without giving in to sentimentality. Unfortunately, the award-winning finished product was never seen by Stuart, who stepped in front of a train before it was completed. Masters takes an unconventional look at an unconventional life, starting from Stuart’s death and leading to the traumatic events that drove him to drug use and homelessness.
New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler compiled 122 hilarious cartoons about drinking. Jokes range from the silly to sidesplitting literary jokes ("Meanwhile at the Cafe de la Mort: Ernest Hemingway is ridiculing Oscar Wilde's wine spritzer while Truman Capote takes notes").
Standage avoids a dry look at history by viewing it through a new lens: drinks. The technology editor of the Economist pairs various eras with a signature beverage and notes the effect of each. This highly engaging look at beer, wine, hard spirits, tea, coffee, and cola takes a sweeping yet succinct look at the past. Standage is able to cover a lot of ground by focusing more on the relationship between drink and society than history in general, keeping the book entertaining.
Award-winning scientist Stephen Braun inspects the relationship between coffee and booze and the people that love them. As funny as it is informative, this collection of stories, trivia, and history chronicles the effect that caffeine and alcohol have on the human body without getting bogged down in scientific detail.
Drawing parallels between the current drug war and the “Gin Craze” in 18th Century Britain, Warner outlines the history of the popular spirit. This engrossing account of “the original urban drug” follows the drink from its introduction to the eight failed reforms that Parliament attempted to institute. The light, conversational tone that Warner employs keeps the story moving, and would be a great read for anyone with an interest in the relationship between politics, drugs, and society.
The former editor of High Times and a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly document the ins and outs of pot culture. The book contains lists of the best stoner movies of all time, celebrity contributions, and a detailed glossary of drug slang. Replete with hilarious trivia and clever illustrations, this book will be sure to entertain anyone it is put in front of.