Monday 20 November 2017

We do not need to look beyond the obvious

Despite the desire for the 'exotic', the answer is more often seen to be in the bottom of a glass, writes Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The image of the great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman with a needle stuck in his arm, dying of a heroin overdose, is now fixed in the public consciousness. The image of him drinking heavily in a bar in Atlanta a few days before that, could never compete.

Indeed when reports of the drinking eventually emerged, they were mainly concerned with the fact that he made frequent visits from the bar to the toilet, presumably to take drugs.

That was what had them worried.

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