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.


  1. Sounds fascinating!

    Here's mine:

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

  3. These rocked! Nice array :)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on myBBF

  4. 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

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

  6. 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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