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Jodi Angel, author of You Only Get Letters from Jail and Matthew Spektor, author of Amerian Dream Machine reading at Powell's Books Monday, July 22, 7:00pm
Cocktails in Springtime Paris kkkkk Long before destination drinking had a moniker, Paris was already a hot toddy hot spot in the 1920s and 1930s. Drinks like the Whiz Bang, Green Hat, Sidecar, Blue Bird and Fog Horn were in circulation among the haute cocktail crowd and local lushes at places like the Ritz Paris, [...]
A little lexicon to keep your dance card full.
A post-Capodanno apocalyptic linguistic debrief of common Camorristi terms from Napoli.
In Possum Living, Dolly Freed writes beautifully about a childhood spent living frugally with her father on a half-acre lot just outside of Philadelphia. During this time, she mastered the complicated task of distillation, providing her readers with a recipe for basic moonshine must, as well as variations like dandelion wine and sugar beet liquor. Our [...]
A classic drink for your holiday season.
My friend Krista and I had just left Shakespeare and Company for drinks on the Île Saint-Louis, a hop, slip and a pratfall from the bookshop. It was the night for Vespers, not prayers at nearby Notre-Dame, but libations, the potent James Bond-martini-kind of Vesper. Three parts gin, one part vodka, a dash of Lillet [...]
Calamity and coffee go together and late-eighteenth century France was pretty much swimming in both.
Much more genius is needed to make love than to command an army.
Looking for an essay woman, bed soon.
Borges wrote, “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library,” and he may have imagined it to be something like La Bibliothèque Mazarine.
Legends, like books and liquor, can be dizzying, sometimes dangerous and often addictive.
Political Correctness was intended to civilize language and attitude, however its neutrality can lead to a serious pathology for every art.
Where was Hemingway in all of this, you may ask? After frequently contributing to most of these magazines, he could be found frequenting the bars near their offices.
The principle is simple: bring a book you love and swap it.
In a fascinating and accurate cross-section of the book world as envisioned by France and hosted by Paris, appearance counts for books and their accoutrements as well as for people