Putting The Cock Back In Cocktail (Part 1)
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    Bartending, which, for better or worse, consumes a great deal of my time, is a subject that evidently interests people to no end — judging, at least, from the sheer number of questions I get on the matter — and often I’m asked: Ray, why bartending?

    The answer is, my love of literature, which I felt bartending would best facilitate. I wasn’t wrong.

    Years ago, when I dropped out of college and decided to be a writer, I very consciously chose bartending as my occupation. There have been other jobs, of course, many, many other jobs, but bartending is the one I’ve always come back to — in part because the money is good, in part also because bartending does, I think, lend itself to the literary lifestyle.

    Still, many people out there who only know me through my books don’t, it seems, believe that I actually am a bartender. This question, in fact, refuses to die, I’m not quite sure why.

    The video is some real-life footage of me at the jazz lounge where I work (music actual, amateur video-editing my own — thank you for watching)




    January 10th, 2012 | journalpulp | 17 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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