The Speakeasies of 1932

Applause Books When Manhattan joints were hung out to dry, the Booze oizie sniveled, then pirouetted on their stools to find reasonably palatable Speakeasy facsimiles These Prohibition hangouts each had their own flavor, decorum, decor and formula for ducking the law Each found its own alcoholic substratum its own inimitable characters behind, at and under the bar F Applause Books When Manhattan joints were hung out to dry, the Booze oizie sniveled, then pirouetted on their stools to find reasonably palatable Speakeasy facsimiles These Prohibition hangouts each had their own flavor, decorum, decor and formula for ducking the law Each found its own alcoholic substratum its own inimitable characters behind, at and under the bar Fear not all has not been lost to the repeal of the 18th Amendment, Starbucks corporate latte, and the wrecking ball One intoxicating artifact remains, a book of lustrous vintage Al Hirschfeld s The Speakeasies of 1932, wherein Hirschfeld nails these dipsomaniacal outposts with his pen and brush in the manner of a dour Irish bartender sizing up a troublesome souse Provided as well is the recipe for each of the speakeasy s cocktail claim to fame The resulting concoction is the perfect antidote to the Cappuccino Grande Malaise, a book that will make everyone yearn for a Manhattan, old fashioned, and straight up His comments are as swooping and witty as his lines The New Yorker
The Speakeasies of Applause Books When Manhattan joints were hung out to dry the Booze oizie sniveled then pirouetted on their stools to find reasonably palatable Speakeasy facsimiles These Prohibition hangouts each h

  • Title: The Speakeasies of 1932
  • Author: Al Hirschfeld
  • ISBN: 9781557836762
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Speakeasies of 1932”

    1. The ethos centers almost entirely on new works is, after all, a promotional tool. But I find myself wanting again and again to review and promote older works; to call attention to them so that they're not lost under the effluent of the pipeline of new. Some antiquarians keep prices up on the best of the old. If this work sounds interesting you may have to search around for it. I was lucky enough to find it in my country public library where it has so far survived the pograms. They are clearing [...]

    2. Lots of fun if you're into Prohibition culture. Speakeasies (and their barkeeps) are described through in-the-know accounts in the self-conscious slang of the period. Hirschfeld's illustrations lend atmosphere, and—perhaps one of the most fun elements of the book—each description includes the receipe for a favorite drink of the venue. It's the kind of book you can let rattle around the house and just dip into, whenever you happen upon it, for some quick vintage joy.

    3. Fascinating descriptions and great drawings. Funny how practically all the bars sold booze for the same amount, but the ambience was very different. If I ever see this book in a used bookstore I will buy it. A very quick read, but fun to contemplate. Prohibition was really a waste of time, the law was barely ever respected as is obvious in this book.

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