02/04/2013 07:29 am ET Updated Apr 06, 2013

How To Be a Literary Rogue (PHOTOS)

Way before musicians and actors cornered the market on misbehavior, writers were flooding hotel rooms and testing their livers' upper limits. My new book, Literary Rogues, turns back the clock to consider these historical (and, in some cases, living) legends, including Oscar Wilde, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bret Easton Ellis. Being a literary rogue isn't that difficult, however: all you need are the right accessories.

AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: You obviously also need talent, practice, and determination to be a writer, or at the very least some level of celebrity and/or notoriety if you want to take a shortcut. Check local laws and regulations before attempting to follow in the footsteps of literary rogues such as Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Wilde. Also, you may want to check with your doctor, who will probably advise you against excessive drug and alcohol use, and may just flat-out tell you that writing as a career is inadvisable for a number of reasons.

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