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November 05, 2013


I believe that a whisky sour was the first cocktail I ever imbibed -- at a formal dinner to which my parents took me when I was 13 or 14. I had the time of my life and I think the cocktail, which was delicious, had something to do with that. When I make sours I usually just squeeze a lemon, add simple syrup, a lot of ice, rye (or that 60s standby Canadian Club) and shake vigorously. Sometimes a few drops from a fresh squeezed orange can brighten up the concoction.

Do you know Patrick Hamilton's trilogy Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky? The Midnight Bell (the first book in the trilogy) is the best writing I have ever read on drinking. Also, just great writing. (Hamilton died of alcoholism.)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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