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Brad Pitt is opening up about his history with substance abuse."I can't remember a day since I got out of college where I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something," the actor says in a candid new interview with , revealing that he's been sober for the last six months. WATCH: Brad Pitt 'Speaking Directly' With Angelina Jolie and 'Spending Time' With the Children "I am those mistakes. It’s those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically, that make us better."The interview marks the first time that Pitt has spoken publicly about his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
Mc Ewan went out on a limb calling it the finest death scene in literature. The “floodgates” – that favourite image of Mrs Whitehouse – had been thrown open.
The public eye was fixated on works such as Last Exit to Brooklyn, whose obscenities, the Bishop of Liverpool (the former cricketer David Sheppard) testified on oath, had for ever “scathed” him, soiling his very soul.
During William Stoner’s career the struggle was between “philology” (English literature studied alongside Latin) and “New Criticism” (close reading, paying attention exclusively to the “words on the page”).
Stoner is a philologist – increasingly isolated but dedicated, body and soul, to the books he loves.
The Swinging Sixties were unpropitious for a novel such as Stoner.
I mean, I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. And I'm really happy it's been half a year now, which is bittersweet."The 53-year-old actor says that "truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was good." But he's since replaced alcohol with "cranberry juice and fizzy water.""I've got the cleanest urinary tract in all of L. WATCH: Brad Pitt Has First Overnight Visit With His 6 Children Since Split From Angelina Jolie "The terrible thing is, I tend to run things into the ground. You know, when you're a stoner, you get these really stupid ideas," he says. "That is his sole focus right now."For more on Brangelina's post-split life, watch below.It’s not just lottery winners that the great finger in the sky randomly points down at. On July 5, addressing the nation on the Today programme, the novelist Ian Mc Ewan instructed listeners to pack, along with their swimwear, the novel Stoner – the beach book for 2013. ”, the two million listeners may idly have thought, before Mc Ewan began his meticulous eulogy: “extraordinary”, “hits at human truths”, “prose as limpid as glass”.Even though the core of the story is set in Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age, there’s no booze, no flappers, no gangsters.Let’s call it Lazarus literature – in recollection of the dead man Jesus raised from the grave. There are two million novels at least in the vaults of the British Library, growing by 10,000 a year. The background to Stoner will probably not interest most of those who rushed to order their copies from Amazon on July 5.
The orthodoxy in the teaching of literature at university level shifts every 40 years or so, as the dinosaurs give way to the Young Turks.Fitzgerald was, he said, when he received that last royalty statement, “a forgotten man”.