Liquor & Leaves #2

LL02 (shantytown)

Friday night’s liquor:
 Bombay Gin martini
Friday night’s book:
Shantytown by César Aira

NOTES: I’m reviewing Shantytown, so I won’t write much here except to say that it’s the first Aira novella I’ve read that I’ve fully loved. There are always aspects of his short books that I admire, marvel at, and laugh over. For whatever reason, this is the first one where his poker-faced combo of surrealism, slapstick, and realism works for me all the way through. He’s endlessly intriguing and inventive; this time, he’s coherent, too. Oh, the martini: This is my standard cocktail, the only one I can make with any confidence, other than a Negroni. My recipe: 3 parts gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, a thimble’s worth of Campari, shake hard over ice until my fingertips are blue and hurting, strain into chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with two olives.

 

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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