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Proof: The Times Can’t Hold Its Alcohol

4955~Razzle-Dazzle-Martini-Posters.jpgAll things in moderation is an adage that is often applied to, say, drinking (particularly around the holidays!) but could also perhaps be recommended to the NYT.com and their tendency to launch blogs on just about every subject possible. The most recent addition to their vast array of offerings is Proof, a blog about “alcohol and the American Life.” Here’s part of the official description:”For the past 10,000 years or so, wherever humans have gathered, there has been alcohol. Some never touch the stuff. But most do…In “Proof,” contributors consider the charms, powers and dangers of drink, and the role it plays in their lives.”

Okay, whatever, we’re all for the creation of writing spaces, but today’s post, which is currently making the blogging and Twitter rounds, appears to be the latest “proof” that when the Times attempts “this is how we think you live now” pieces they are often slightly off the mark. Behold.


Today’s post comes from 65-year-old, former drinker Susan Cheever (daughter of John).

…That dinner party was almost 10 years ago; it was the last time I saw anyone visibly drunk at a New York party. The New York apartments and lofts which were once the scenes of old-fashioned drunken carnage — slurred speech, broken crockery, broken legs and arms, broken marriages and broken dreams — are now the scene of parties where both friendships and glassware survive intact. Everyone comes on time, behaves well, drinks a little wine, eats a few tiny canapes, and leaves on time. They all still drink, but no one gets drunk anymore. Neither do they smoke. What on earth has happened?

Which sort of screams the question WHAT PARTIES IS THIS WOMAN ATTENDING? Does there maybe exist a whole other New York City we’ve never been to? No doubt in the near future we will be attending parties with sober people but only because we will no longer be able to afford alcohol. Otherwise isn’t the name for this sort of party usually rehab? That said, perhaps Cheever should consider renting herself out.

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