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MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIVES

Drinking played a huge part in “Papa” Hemingway’s life — and death.  But while Hemingway biographies have become a cottage industry over the years, no Hemingway scholar has seen fit to write a book on the subject (although Tom Dardis devoted a chapter to Papa’s binges in his classic 1991 treatise on alcoholic writers, The […]

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GHOST WORLDS

“The past is a foreign country,” L.P.Hartley famously wrote, “they do things differently there.” Thanks to two Tiki DVDs, now we can see for ourselves. A mostly silent, at times hypnotically Herzogian, compilation of amateur vacation footage from the 1950s through the 1970s, Hawaii Home Movies is an eerie experience — a video seance. Vanished […]

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TIKI DRINK TV, PART II

You are forgiven for not recalling Part One, since that post appeared here some four years ago.  The Bum would have followed it up sooner, if he wasn’t a bum.  At any rate, here are more sightings of Tiki drinks on TV: THE APARTMENT (1960):  Fred MacMurray downs Daiquiris with Shirley Maclaine in a perfect […]

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COCKTAIL NATION VS. CARRIE NATION

Starting this Sunday, PBS airs a new three-part documentary by Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz).  Apparently not all the Beachbum’s friends are in low places, because he was recently sent a preview copy. This time Burns co-directed with Lynn Novick, but all the usual Burns trademarks are there:  compelling archival footage, equally compelling […]

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PAGING DOCTOR FUNK

Over at the Small Screen Network, Robert “Drinkboy” Hess (that’s him above) has been furiously posting video cocktail demos recently.  We just hope that he finds the time to drink them after he makes them. His latest post walks you through how to assemble a Suffering Bastard, a wonderful tropical drink invented at Shepheard’s Hotel […]

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