Thu 15 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Liquor: A Novel CoverWe are buried! Who timetabled this life? Where is Aunt Gwenda and her Super Scheduling Ability? Where? Whine whine, etc., etc. Yawn.
Anyway, two recommendations from beside—rather than in—the heap. First: Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite. Kelly has been passing this to people for a while but it took me a while to read it. What fun! Two guys grow up in New Orleans together, work in kitchens together (some kitchens being better than others), and one of them gets the idea to start a restaurant where all the food will have liquor in the ingredients somewhere. The guys, Rickey and G-man, are, like all the rest of the characters, rounded people with ambitions, faults, all that stuff. The descriptions of the food are mouth-watering and will make you want to either go to your fave restaurant, dust down a cookbook, or get on a plane to New Orleans.

New Orleans is as much a character here as the various chefs and dishwashers and I can’t wait to read the books Brite has written since Hurrican Katrina hit and the government completely failed the city. Brite’s early books were horror novels which I doubt I’ll ever read, but this series (which is not horror at all) has me hooked. There’s a sort-of-mystery in the novel but the real body of it are the kitchens (which range from crappy to mind-blowing kitchen porn) and the work. It’s great to read about people doing interesting work, and working hard. Most of the time I don’t miss working in a kitchen but Liquor reminds the reader how satisfying working hard at something you love can be.
So far I’ve only read Liquor and a prequel, The Value of X (published by Subterranean) but I’m looking forward to catching up with the rest of the books—and catching the inevitable TV series when it comes.

Second: the Winterpills have a new CD out, The Light Divides (stream it here) filled with gloriously springlike music even if the weather (up here in the mid-north) isn’t cooperating—and it was recorded in autumn, how did they manage that? If you liked The Maggies, Philip Price used to sing with them and in the Winterpills he’s joined by Flora Reed’s gorgeous voice.

If you’re in Austin at the SWSX madness you can catch them there or on tour:

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Live on WMVY
5 pm
UTNE Reader showcase.
11 PM
Austin, TX
Friday, March 16, 2007

Mother Egan’s Irish Pub
Signature Sounds showcase

Sunday, March, 18, 2007
The Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St., Houston, TX

March 20, 2007
Chicago, IL, 9 pm

March 22, 2007
Strictly Discs
In-store performance
5:30 pm
Madison, WI

March 22, 2007

High Noon Saloon – w/ The Long Winters
Madison, WI – 8 pm

March 23, 2007
WFPK – Live At Lunch Perfomance
12 pm.

March 23, 2007
Uncle Pleasants
w/ Dennis Crommett opening
Louiseville, KY 8 pm

March 24 2007
Live on WRNR, Annapolis, MD.
Interview/Performance. 12 noon.

March 24 2007
IOTA Club and Cafe
Washington, DC 8 pm

April 2, 2007
The Middle East
w/ Robert Gomez
Cambridge, MA

April 3, 2007
College of the Atlantic
8 pm
Bangor, ME

April 21, 2007
Pearl St. Nightclub
w/Fountains of Wayne
Northampton, MA


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  1. Niall on March 19th, 2007 3:34 am

    “gloriously springlike music”

    I’m right there with you on glorious — wow, thank you for the pointer — but I’ve gotta say it sounds more like winter than spring to me.

  2. lcrw on March 20th, 2007 10:24 am

    Niall: could be. It was all the jangly choruses that got me. If you like this, check out some of the other stuff on and also our other sometimes-cheery/jangly local band

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