A rollicking illustrated historical past of alcohol and its literary imbibers, from Jane Austen’s beer brewing to James Joyce’s ardour for Guinness to E.B. White’s healing for writers’ block—a dry martini—by celebrated illustrator Greg Clarke and award-winning editor/art director Monte Beauchamp.
"Civilization starts with distillation."—William Faulkner
"Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust."—Walker Percy
"God has a brown voice, complete and smooth as beer."—Anne Sexton
Throughout background, there was no better catalyst for creativity between writers—so they claim—than a superb, stiff drink. From Aristophanes’ charm to wine, to Dostoevsky’s breakfast of grain vodka and brown bread, to Joan Didion’s fondness for gin, tales abound of ways booze has fueled and encouraged our literary icons.
In this photo quantity, cartoonist Greg Clarke and comics anthologist Monte Beauchamp take us on an unforgettable literary bar move slowly. A Sidecar Named Desire is filled with ancient factoids, anecdotes, booze minutiae, and engaging detours into the lives of our so much storied literary personalities—along with literary-themed cocktail recipes similar to Ernest Hemingway’s demise within the Afternoon and Philip Larkin’s Gin and Tonic set to verse.
For the literary-minded drinker—whether wine, gin, vodka, beer, whiskey, or tequila is your elixir of choice—A Sidecar Named Desire will whet your urge for food. Bottoms up!
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