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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fernet for foment


Caro diario: I needed a shot of Fernet after the foment of the finish of Gabriel Hart's novel The Intrusion.  Just an old shotglass with an ice cube and the drink that is at once illness and cure.  Meeting the author later to-day a little ways down Sunset to discuss.  My crib notes are cribbed from the best: Greil Marcus, Tom Wolfe, Richard Hell, Stephen Duncombe, Henry Miller.  Oh, and I will lay Auden's poem "The Novelist" on the author/singer/songwriter.  It's his to accept or reject.  I see two paths emerging: one is narrative, the other is surrealist.  "The Novelist" tells us that the novelist needs to be ordinary.  I'm not sure Gabe wants that.  On the other hand, we only call Tropic of Cancer a novel because we have no other word for it.  The narrative itself is often an--intrusion.  This should be a fun conversation.

Friday, May 25, 2012

An Old Fashioned Federalist

Caro Diario: Let me say that I find nothing old-fashioned about an Old Fashioned.  Jim Beam, the noble plodding garden variety bourbon, does well, because it is sweet enough to honor all the fruit in such a drink but lately I have not objected to Buffalo Trace (and I prefer Buffalo Trace for the vermouth sibling rivalry,  a Manhattan).  Sometimes for an Old Fashioned, I muddle the sugar with Peychaud's rather than Angostura bitters because I like the edge of anise in an otherwise sweet drink.  But a well-made Old Fashioned is one of the juiciest contemporary drinks on our biosphere, in my Humble O.  I can't think of a better way to slipstream into the Memorial Day Weekend than to sip one of these while taking in Federalist No. 51--and I found a good image of Dolly Madison saving some vital American docs to cap the copy I made.  This Paper paints a compelling case for keeping the various departments of government separate--as long as you keep them out of my own backyard, I am down with that.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kamikaze & Balalaika


Caro diario: this is after 750 words at a blog, 750 words for a column, and 750 more words on a novel--a perfect balance to-day.  This is a Kamikaze, not one of those Kamikazes you've seen studs toss back in singles bars, but an honest-to-god one--with about three parts vodka, one part lime, and half a part triple sec.  And by the way, if you want to substitute lemon for lime, go ahead--that makes it a Balalaika.  The book--the book is a wonderful encyclopedic narrative entitled The Geometry of Pasta by London chef Jacob Kenedy, which tells the story of every pasta you know and many I promise that you don't and is accompanied by wonderful line-shot pasta diagrams such as the one you see on the right leaf, by Caz Hildebrand.  They are easy to interchange, Kamikaze and Balalaika--just remember--Kamikaze has the lime, think of a key lime, with all those K's...and Balalaika has the lemon, think of Lululemon and all those L's. And the whole reason it's called a Kamikaze is that these are almost too easy to drink as might a soft drink...so don't do that, or you will indeed go divebombing something or other.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Golden Gloves


Almost a tropical day to-day here in LA, so I read an almost tropical book, Balthazar from the Alexandria Quartet, and built an almost tropical cocktail called a Golden Gloves. If you are in SoCal and growing Meyer lemons, this might be your favorite summer drink of all, because a Meyer will lend sweetness to it (I don't use Meyers for twists, howevertoo thin-skinned for me). It's like a daiquiri only you use lemon juice rather than lime juice, muddle the sugar with it of course, and add some Cointreau or ordinary triple sec. Gold rum, please, if you don't know that about daiquiris.  This book to me is the hottest of the hothouse that is the Alexandria Quartet, the most lyrical, the most poetic, and the one in which we learn of the affair between Clea and Justine.  I am on the other side of the reading room: the southwest corner of the penumbra of the walnut today, prepping for the eclipse by reading something that often eclipses my life, though I keep trying for it not to.

If you'd like a more obliging recipe, I'm sure CocktailDB has one going.