Sunday, January 1, 2012

Lazy Day = Lazy Writer

The title of this post is not meant to be a reflection on Ernest Hemingway.  It's Sunday afternoon, the wind is ushering in a new winter, and it's time for tea.  Don't feel like doing anything that might be remotely considered amibitious, so I'm just providing some content from another blog, Flavorwire, which was re-posted on 12/31/2011, originally posted on 6/12/2011.  Not usually my style, but thought the content was interesting and my readers might enjoy a bit of the information.  (my apologies to the people at Flavorwire.  Though you've posted about ten authors, I am only posting about my three favorite early 20th century authors.)

Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published June 12, 2011.] It’s a well-known stereotype that many literary authors are also raging drunkards. Which, forgive us, doesn’t make us want to emulate them any less. In fact, now that it’s summer, we can’t think of anything better than to sip a cool drink while typing away at our — er, laptops — out on the porch in the sweet summer night air. So in the interest of pure academic speculation, we’ve comprised a roundup of some of our favorite writers and the drinks they favored during all their late work nights and boozy afternoons. We’re not saying that downing a mojito will make you write like Hemingway, but hey — it couldn’t hurt. Click though for our list, and let us know what beverages you favor during your own deep contemplations and compositions.

Ernest Hemingway

Drink: The Mojito. Though Hemingway is associated with a number of drinks, and drinking in general, the mojito was a particular favorite of his, as it was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, where he drank them in large quantity. Make sure to keep your glass full and sling misogynistic prose at passerby.
Motto: “Drinking is a way of ending the day.”

Drink: Gin Rickey. As legend has it, both F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda were notorious lightweights, not to mention mischievous drunks. Fitzgerald claimed that he liked gin because no one could smell it on his breath – though we bet that when he and his wife were dancing naked at parties, no one really had to.
Motto: “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

Drink: Mint Julep. Like any Southern Gothic writer worth his salt, Faulkner was up to his ears in mint juleps. He’s also one of those authors who thought he wrote better with a little whiskey in him, and kept a bottle by his desk at all times.
Motto: “There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. But a man shouldn’t fool with booze until he’s fifty; then he’s a damn fool if he doesn’t.”

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