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  • Five Things Strong-Minded People Never Do (Even When They’re Drunk On Whiskey)

    October 6th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) Strong-minded people don’t necessarily avoid whiskey. They just know how to handle it. Like intelligence, this is an acquired skill. Here are some of the characteristics of the strong-minded and the sane: 1. They never lose sight of their living potential Do 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 nor […]

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  • How To Be The Smartest Person In The Bar

    September 27th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    (The following is excerpted from Whiskey Wisdom: A Bartender’s Guide to Living Ravenously) 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 […]

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  • Everything I Know I Learned From Your F*cking Mother!

    September 22nd, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) She was really something, your mother, a real beast. Among other things, she believed that the development of the entire human race depends on the development of the individual. The reason she believed this is that she believed each human is an organism […]

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  • How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The Bar

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

    (Get the entire book for free!) 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. […]

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  • Because Whisky

    September 1st, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Do you like whisky just because — just because it’s awesome? Then buy the motherfucking shirt: Many different styles and sizes — totally original, all totally mine.

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  • Cleopatra: World-Class Drinker

    August 30th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety; other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies; for vilest things Become themselves in her, that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish. — Antony and Cleopatra Act II. Scene II. On this day, in 30 […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: I Wish You Love

    August 24th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    In bartending, as in life, the fundamental things apply. And time goes by. Thank you for watching.

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  • Moonraker, Mountain Dew, Moonshine, or White Lightning?

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

    This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper. If it shed any light on the subject at all — and it doesn’t remotely — I might be tempted to elaborate on the actual term “moonshine,” and where it originated: i.e. rural England (circa 1780), when country smugglers hid illicit barrels of French brandy in shallow […]

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  • A Green Fairy Named Absinthe

    July 22nd, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper, which took a tomahawk to it and ruined it. You won’t like absinthe if you don’t like black licorice. Absinthe — mint-green star in a constellation of multicolored bottles, over-proofed, over-hyped, overrated, mythologized, mystified and then demystified — won’t, all reports to the contrary notwithstanding, make you […]

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