James Salter, Light Years

James Salter, Light Years

Postby jasperjoffe » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:37 pm

Having read a NYorker profile of Salter I ordered a bunch from Hackney Library http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/04/out-loud-first-rate-but-not-famous.html. I loved this book, although at first all the short sentences seemed hokey and hemingwayesque in a bad way. After I read the intro by Richard Ford, I realised I probably misread the story, and in fact it is a condemnation of unexamined lives, but it DID make me want to go to dinner parties and drink odd 70s cocktails, which is a testament to its goodness. Stays with you like a good party.
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Re: James Salter, Light Years

Postby Jiminy » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:27 pm

This review makes ME want to drink 70s cocktails. Any reccommendations JJ?
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Re: James Salter, Light Years COCKTAILS

Postby jasperjoffe » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:39 pm

they drink st raphaels a lot http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/292839 the reference to "the 1949 Esquire Drink Book, " is evocative enough. I havent drunk that, I am a very dry gin martini person.

Cocktails (see speakeasies etc etc ad nauseam) have, like poker, been rather ruined by a phase of ubiquity, where the barman gives you an annoying lecture on your ignorance, rather than a drink.
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