Nov
21
2011

The Cocktail Party

—Christian

With less than a year before the next presidential election, a political organization from down in Atlanta has a revolutionary idea for how to fix our country. Self-described as an “anti-movement,” this group of artists/poets/philosophers/etc. dubs themselves “The Cocktail Party” (cheers!). At their core, the group believes true political discourse has fallen by the wayside with our country suffering as a result. The solution? Cocktails, of course. And they provide some sound reasoning for this recommendation.
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May
13
2011

The Dude’s White Russian journey

—Ian

The “hero’s journey” (a term coined by American writer, Joseph Campbell) is a common theme in global mythology. Here, in a line from Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces, is the hero’s journey summarized:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

This all-encompassing event in a person’s life happens in a series of defined stages: Departure, Initiation and Return. Each stage is then marked with various steps, the full list of which (with descriptions) can be read here.  In The Big Lebowski, the Dude’s journey follows this pattern. And interestingly, certain key steps of the adventure are heralded each time the Dude imbibes his favorite drink, the White Russian (or as he refers to it—the Caucasian).

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Dec
06
2010

Enthusiast of the Day: Albert Trummer

—Christian

Sometimes a bartender takes it to the next level. The bartender in question here is named Albert Trummer, and he was the mastermind behind Apothéke, a Manhattan bar recently mired in scandal and intrigue. Transplanted from Austria in the ‘90s, Trummer has been working in New York for over ten years and quickly gained a reputation as a mixological savant. What sets Albert apart from the rest?

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Sep
20
2010

Enthusiastic collections: Beer

—Christian

There is some innate drive in people that motivates them to amass wide arrays of a particular items. A quick pass at collectors.org will reveal that if something exists, there are people who collect it. And alcohol ephemera is no exception.

We’ve already highlighted the temple of Spain’s most ardent Jack Daniel’s enthusiast. That is a perfect example of someone who’s love of a particular brand of booze goes beyond mere happy hour hobby and crosses over into fanaticism. Because it’s one thing to simply enjoy the gods’ nectar, and it’s entirely another to devote a fair amount of one’s time, resources and living space to the accumulation of product, containers, accouterment, apparatus, etc.
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