Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Opening Sentence of the Day: Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

"This book grew out of a simple observation: writers like to drink." Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers by Edward Hemingway (illustrator) and Mark Bailey (author). OK, I admit that this was an impulse purchase made as I was poking around Powell's the other day. It does not show up on any of my Must Read lists. But the caricature illustrations caught my eye, and books and cocktails are my favorite things, so home with me it came. I plan to sit in my new library some evening very soon, with a bourbon soda, and enjoy this little book straight through.


  1. Or drinkers like to write? Hmm. This could explain a few of my blog posts.

    (Lucky you, browsing at Powell's!)

  2. Don't you know that innocently dropping the phrase 'I was poking around Powell's' is actually a mode of torture used against Powells-lovers that live thousands of miles away from said bookstore;) I can see why you picked it up...the cover alone looks great. Hope you get to enjoy it soon.

  3. This is a book I would have picked up based on the cover alone as well! I think writing and drinking go hand in hand. I know whenever I sit down to write something (more than blog posts, at least) I get way too serious for my own good. That can definitely lead to frustration and you know where that can lead...

    I will be looking forward to reading your take on this one.


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