Posts Tagged ‘Cocktail Talk’

Cocktail Talk: Murder With Pictures

August 26, 2008

Not the best pocket book ever, but still worth a read (and the cover is sweet, with the tag line “the girl stepped over the edge of the tub”), George Harmon Coxe’s Murder with Pictures is a “Kent Murdock Mystery.” Kent’s a photographer, who solves a bit of crime on the side. You could do that in the 1930s. Here are two quotes from the book, both of which are worth repeating.

“A hot bath, a cocktail, and a change of clothes–these made a difference.”

“She contemplated the dress a moment, then stepped over to the bedside table and picked up the cocktail shaker, a severe cylinder on chromium and black enamel. She shook it five or six times, poured dark red liquid into the single silver cocktail cup. Manhattan’s were her favorite. But she had to be careful.”

— George Harmon Coxe, Murder with Pictures

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Cocktail Talk: Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

August 8, 2008

Here’s a weekend quote from a book that was turned into a sorta revolutionary, fun, and touching movie (the book’s not bad either–though, and this is rare, I like the movie better. It’s sweeter somehow, and the Hoskins is Cockney choice, as usual. Can you imagine running into him randomly in a pub in small town Britain? I’d probably faint, then wake up and buy him as many rounds as possible). Seems like a great quote to have up early in this blog’s history.

 

“Dominick lowered his voice and became as coy as a debutante sidling up to a bowl of spiked punch.”

 

–Gary Wolf, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

Cocktail Talk: Anthony Trollope

August 6, 2008

Beyond the stacks of cocktail, drink, entertaining, and cooking books, I tend to read a wide range of printed works, from pulpy paperbacks in pocket size to long-boxes of comics to more modern novelists to poetry. But maybe my favorite area to hang out in, literature-ily, is the classic English novelists, especially Dickens and Anthony Trollope. Trollope’s drawing room books aren’t only an example of stellar prose (this really should go without saying, like it goes without saying that an Old Fashioned should never have soda water), but also feature characters whose motivations, observations, and situations are incredibly relevant today (even if they aren’t burdened down by cellular phones, televisions, and autos). Also, as they play out very episodically, Trollope books are ideal to take on daily bus rides, and, as they transport you in a way, they’re also ideal to take on planes, or on trips. I could go on and on, but instead, let me type in my favorite Trollope quote having to do with drinking (though there are lots of others, as many of his characters–not as many as Dickens, but still a lot–enjoy their drinks and parties), a quote that I never get tired of:

 

“The gentleman in his cups is a gentleman always, and the man who tells his friend in his cups that he is in love does so because the fact has been very present to himself in his cooler and calmer moments.”

 

–Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right

 

That’s good, late 1800’s stuff y’all.