Friday, May 28, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: Everyday Drinking

"Anthropologists assure us that wherever we find man he speaks."

-- On Drink

"There's a certain satisfaction to be got from bringing out a book of collected journalism."

-- Every Day Drinking

"Although drink is a contentious subject -- I have seen grown men close to blows over whether you should or should not bruise the mint in a Mint Julep -- there are a lot of facts connected with it, some well known, some less so, and some on the fringes which may have their own appeal."

-- How's Your Glass?

All by Kinglsley Amis, published as a compilation, Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis.

I didn't realize when I bought this book that it is a re-publication of three separate Amis books on alcohol and drinking -- what he might call his "dipsography," a word he uses in one of the essays. This was a pleasant surprise, because Amis is a favorite author of mine and I would like to read all his books, but the individual volumes are hard to come by. 

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a Friday "opening sentence" event hosted by Becky at Page Turners.


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds fascinating!

Here's mine:

Rose City Reader said...

Laurel -- Lot's of fun, that's for sure. Thanks for leaving your link.

Juju at Tales of said...

These rocked! Nice array :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on myBBF

Becky (Page Turners) said...

That's great that you found them in one volume. You are always reading some of the most interesting books around I think. As a drinkier myself, I think I will keep an eye out for these

Aleksandra said...

They're all great opening sentences!
Happy reading! :D

Rose City Reader said...

Juju -- Thanks! And thanks for signing up for the giveaway!

Becky -- That is a particularly nice compliment coming from a reader like you! Thank you.

Aleksandra -- Thanks for stopping by. I ripped through this compilation already, so a review is on its way.

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