Archive for 2016

  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    December 19th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

      The Sudsbuster He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all. Dishwashing jobs he could always find. Our paths crossed and re-crossed at the Café Claire, where […]

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  • The Art of Being Interesting

    December 14th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) Product description: “Sometimes I just want to slap him across the face and say ‘Why can’t you be more interesting?’” Thus spoke the lovely young lady at my bar one quiet Sunday night. She was three Manhattans in and talking to me as […]

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  • Wickedly Cool

    December 12th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Personality is personal style. It is nothing more and it is nothing less. The art of charisma is really the art of personality. Which is why there are as many different ways to be charismatic as there are different styles of personality. Personality is the sum total of one’s many individual characteristics as they come […]

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  • 7 Stupendously Simple Ways to Make Yourself Into a Better Writer

    November 30th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    Suppose someone were to tell you that you could become a better writer in a single week — would you believe it? Me neither. And yet that’s precisely what I’m about to do. And more: I’m about to make a believer out of you. I tried this on a bet — and lost. Here is how you […]

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  • Are You Fascinating?

    Are You Fascinating?

    November 17th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Well, are you, punk? Or are you boring as hell? How, furthermore, can you tell? How can you tell if you’re an inveterate bore, or if you’re just in a kind of long-term funk? Much of what we hear about commanding attention and the power to fascinate is theoretical and abstract, a sort of psychological […]

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  • The Most Interesting Dog in the World

    November 9th, 2016 | Book of Dog, College of Subversive Knowledge | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    His bite is louder than his bark, which is saying a lot …

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  • Whiskey Wisdom: 5 Bullshit Notions That Will Suffocate Your Wild Potential And Kill the Living Beast Within You

    October 16th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Answer this honestly: How often do you undermine yourself? Answer quickly: How guilty are you of self-sabotage? If you’re anything like most, the answer is approximately “a lot.” The following are five bullshit notions bartenders often hear that would kill the living beast in anyone: 1. You’re not smart enough Then educate yourself. As you […]

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  • Gap-Toothed Girl

    October 5th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

      Chapter 1   Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers. The sodium lights of the arena lay upcast on the low-hanging sky above. There was an electrical charge in the air: a crackling undercurrent that came neither from the lights […]

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  • How To Be The Smartest Person In The Bar

    September 27th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 13 Comments

    (The following is excerpted from Whiskey Wisdom: The Art of Being Interesting You can spot her from a mile away, the smartest person in the bar — or, if not quite from a mile, nonetheless from very far. She doesn’t necessarily think of herself as smart. Still, her brain is carefully crafted — self-crafted and […]

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  • How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The Bar

    September 15th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 12 Comments

    Most people are boring. Not you. Why? Because you broke away from the pack a long time ago. You’re a different breed — a dog of a different color. You cultivated the black art of individuality, learned the art of personality. You became brilliant. People argue about your modesty. She does things differently, they say, […]

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