The alcoholic trance is not just a haze, as though the eyes were also unshaven. It is not a mere buzzing in the ears, a dizziness or disturbance of balance. One arrives in the garden again, at nursery time, when the gentle animals are fed and in all the world there are only toys.
William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. review of Malcolm Lowry: A Biography, by Douglas Day, in The New York Review of Books as "Malcolm Lowry's Inferno: I" (Nov. 29, 1971). "Malcolm Lowry," p. 18, The World Within the Word.