Liquorature is a gathering of the elite and literate (the eliterate, if you will). We meet once a month to discuss a predetermined book, and drink fine whiskies (and rums). There is a host rotation, and each month’s host is responsible for selecting a book…choosing the scotch…and opening their home and pantry for the eve. Our caveat for books…they must be fiction. This is, after all, an escape…not an assignment. The conversations are focused and intelligent (at least until the levels in the bottles drop)…the humor is always present…the atmosphere is always somewhat pretentious. If you have made it this far…and are still reading…you’ll know that is not a bad thing. Membership is closed, excepting ‘occasional travelers’ (at our discretion), yet outside opinion and discussion is always welcomed.
Liquorature was formed in January of 2009. Our first gathering was in February. The year has proven to us that, though divergent in many aspects of our lives, it is remarkable how similar much of our taste in literature is. The odd exception has polarized us, but for the most part there is a near unanimity. As we march through the months ahead I’m sure this will change. The approaches to book selection will vary more, I imagine, as we get to know one another. I think we all look forward to seeing the next selection.
Here you’ll find our thoughts and opinions on books, our ratings and notes on whiskies and rums (and who knows what else in the years to come) and our notes on each meeting.
There were a few reasons for starting this League of Extraliterary Gentlemen.
First…I have been fortunate enough to read some brilliant books in my life, and it is nice to be able to share them, and discuss them with others who understand.
Second…I believe we are trapped by what we are exposed to. A diverse group of guys selecting books leads to a wider circle of exposure.
Third…I have some really great friends in my life. This was an opportunity to see more of them.
Fourth…I missed the intellectual discourse so prevalent in my university days.
Fifth…I love fine whisky.
The question has been raised, is this a book club supplemented with whisky…or a whisky club supplemented with books? The answer is simple. Both. The two compliment each other. In vino veritas. I believe we all open up a little once the water of life begins to flow.
…Oh yeah…and not one of us has conquered War and Peace or Finnegan’s Wake.
Feel free to peek around, or login and comment. Suggestions are welcome for both beverages and books.
Welcome to Liquorature.