Terence Patrick Winch's new book is The Known Universe
and it is now Michael Lally's new favorite book.
The Known Universe should become better known
because it is universally appealing.
Among my favorites is "Small Potatoes,"
which is what Hyman Rioth says to Michael Corleone
about someone the latter wants bumped off.
"Small Potatoes" is not small beer. It is not small time.
It is living large and dining with the gusto of a fat man having dinner.
I was lucky enough to interview the author who confided
about his writing "process," which is a word I hate,
"You have to break a lot of eggs to make an omelette,
and the proof of the pudding is in the brandy you light, the fig-infused vodka you use to make a vesper
with gin and a little Lillet, shaken not stirred, like the hero of at James Bond movie in the glory years,
or when the champagne flowed in the locker room after the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series.".
-- David Lehman