Archive for the ‘You Said a Mouthful’ Category

It’s a Very Bright Light

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

When the world is too dark
And I need the light inside of me
I’ll walk into a bar
And drink fifteen pints of beer

— Shane MacGowan, “Streams of Whiskey”

Rifkin on Good Citizenship

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

“I had three cans of beer along. I drank them slowly in the increasing, savage heat of midday, dropping the empties into the slow river. I was not a good citizen. I didn’t flatten them first.”

— Shepard Rifkin, The Murderer Vine

Brillat-Savarin on Fermentation

Friday, November 28th, 2008

“Burgundy makes you think silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them; and Champagne makes you do them.”

— Brillat-Savarin

O’Neill on Portion Control

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

ANNA: Gimme a whiskey—ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.
LARRY: Shall I serve it in a pail?
ANNA: That suits me down to the ground.

— Eugene O’Neill, Anna Christie

Recalled to mind by the Web log of Ms. Iris Iris, who refers us to a third location, where you may watch the immortal Garbo deliver these immortal lines.

Crumley on Bulldog Alcoholism

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

I throw in my lot with Bill Ott, who writes, “teetotaling fiction tastes flat to me.” In memoriam, a scribe who never dried up:

“When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.”

— James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss

Block on Four O’Clock

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

“I saw her for the first time that afternoon. It was too hot to do much but sit in an air-conditioned apartment. I’d spent the morning waking up and writing checks to creditors, and in another hour it would be four o’clock and I could add brandy to my coffee without feeling guilty about it. For the time being I was feeling guilty.”

— Lawrence Block, The Naked and the Deadly

Block on Cognac

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The bartender came over. It looked like the wrong bar for cognac but that’s all I drink. I asked for Courvoisier.

“You want the Three-Star or the VSOP?”

Life is filled with surprises.

— Lawrence Block, The Naked and the Deadly

MacBride on the Rusty Nail

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

“Colin Miller pulled out a hip flask, took a swig, then offered it to Logan: rusty nail, the mixture of whisky and Drambuie going down like alcoholic central heating.”

— Stuart MacBride, Flesh House

Best on Booze, Birds, and Fast Cars

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

— George Best

Abrahams on Book Tours

Monday, April 21st, 2008

“The best advice on touring I ever got came from the publisher of my children’s mystery books . . . Very simple advice. She said, ‘Use the minibar.'”

— Peter Abrahams