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November 17, 2017


...and from the looks of the glass, mcluhan is drinking either a gin and tonic or a glass of water (if the party's really at frank's place, it would be at least a leaded glass glass) ....and frank's always attached cigarette is smoking away. just never see much of such style anymore. there's a way in which a gesture is no gesture, no style, without a cigarette in there music playing on the hi-fi...??

Great post. I always loved Jack Benny. And Jimmy Durante. And John Ashbery. And drinking. And Mickey Rooney (Scottish; real name: Joe Yule; cf. Joe Christmas). And so forth.

Wow, I did not know that shaking as opposed to stirring risks "bruising" the gin, and also that you slightly dilute the end product. Now I know how to order or take my cocktails

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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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