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EVAN RAIL is the author of the bestselling essays Why We FlyIn Praise of Hangovers and Why Beer Matters, and regularly writes about food, drinks and travel for The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalCondé Nast TravelerSaveur, and Imbibe. His reporting has been included in numerous anthologies, including The New York Times Book of Wine and the Best Food Writing andTravelers' Tales series, while his poems have appeared in The New RepublicPoetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Prague.

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  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BMBGKW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evan Rail is the author of three Kindle Singles: "Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age," "In Praise of Hangovers" and "Why Beer Matters," a Kindle Singles bestseller. His writing on food and travel appears regularly in the New York Times, and in such anthologies as "The New York Times Book of Wine," "Travelers' Tales" and "Best Food Writing." His poems and translations have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry Review, Agni and Zyzzyva, among other publications, and he regularly reviews books about food and drink for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). He lives in Prague.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 16, 2012
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I learned pretty early that I could not drink alcohol without having a violent reaction - I can't even use mouthwash or cough syrup that contains alcohol. So I've never had a hangover. As a result, I could sympathize with co-workers who came in late looking like a truck ran over them, but I couldn't really empathize with them, having never experienced the joys of a hangover.

After reading Evan Rail's essay "In Praise of Hangovers," I have a better notion of what a hangover is and how it affects the sufferer. I'm not sure that I would have been curious enough to spend an hour reading an essay about hangovers, but a few months ago, I read and enjoyed another of the author's essays, "Why Beer Matters," which sold me on his ability to write a fascinating article about a subject I had little interest in.

About the title: You wouldn't think there would be anything about a hangover that's praiseworthy, but the author believes that hangovers do have some redeeming qualities. For one thing, having a hangover greatly simplifies your life, reducing everything to one question - is it essential for your survival, or is it unnecessary. (Time-consuming activities like Facebook and Twitter suddenly don't seem so important.)

To balance the "benefits" of a hangover, the headache, nausea, and other symptoms, plus the guilt and remorse that usually follow a hangover, usually ensure that drinking to excess won't be repeated too often!

What made "In Praise of Hangovers" so readable were the little tidbits, such as the fact that the word "hangover" only dates back about a hundred years. Also, the severity of hangovers depends on what type of booze was consumed, due to some nasty substances called "congeners" that are created during fermentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Saul Mensch on February 7, 2013
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If Slate Magazine were into publishing long form essays, Evan Rail's "In Praise of Hangovers" would be the ultimate "Explainer" piece on the art of post-intoxication: what causes it, how to cure it, and why, as a culture, we care about it (whoever thought the hangover was so significant!) even though, surprisingly, the hangover is still an under researched area of medical science. Informative, deftly written and witty, Rail's essay covers the gamut of hangover-related topics. The hour it takes to read it (and the $3.00 or so it costs to buy it) is well worth the investment for anyone who cares to speak knowledgeably about drinking (or at least drinks, whether beer or wine) but knows little about the morning after. Even those who don't drink may be glad to understand just why the inebriants among their friends keep doing it despite the misery they feel each time they've done it, and maybe have a little more sympathy for them.
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and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment." John Steinbeck was generally an honest man and he might have been when he wrote those words, but, boy, I would have liked to share one or two of my beauties with him -- he might not have been quite so stoic. Some of mine turned me totally teetotaler for a period of time, they did.

In Praise of Hangovers (Kindle Single) Evan Rail stands somewhere between Steinbeck's acceptance and my sometimes avoidance. I greatly enjoyed Rail paean to beer, Why Beer Matters. (My review appears in a clickable link appears in first Comment.)

He brings the same even-handness, albeit passion, to this short study of the hangover:

"... I was overwhelmed by a sudden need to turn away and find another point of focus, a common manifestation of the chalk-throated, dyspeptic malaise that often arrives after a night on the lash. By contrast, many morning-after observations barely achieve the level of the banal .... But I have also had enough crystalline and meaningful perceptions during hangovers that I have come to appreciate them, even welcome them, if only for the unique clarity of the cloudy, blurry-eyed vision they often provide." Welcome them?

Well, I suspended my disbelief, and read on. But let the record be clear; I never ever welcomed a hangover, and never saw any "unique clarity" on a morning after. I'm very much with Joris Verster who makes a list of over 30 symptoms, starting with Agitation and Anxiety, passing through Guilt and Headache and ending with Vomiting and Weakness -- not to speak of anorexia, chills, fever, and more. They sound contradictory -- agitation and sleepiness?, chills and fever? -- not to me they don't.
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By J. Liggett on June 1, 2013
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Interesting but ? Praiseworthy -- I mean hangovers. But as I believe Jimmy Buffet said: It cleans me out and then I can go on.

Actually, the more I think about this article and the information gleaned from it, the more I like it. And it was most appreciatively free of charge.

Just for the record: J, not C, Liggett
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