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.