Mar 092010
 

“My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

“If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

“But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

“This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.”

– Noah “Soggy” Sweat

 Posted by at 9:48 am
Mar 052010
 

Gentlemen,

I am meeting with David Michiels at Willow Park this evening.  We’ll be chatting about how best to proceed with the Calgary Whisky Club, and in just what sort of incarnation it will happen.  The potential is unlimited and the sky is the limit.  Regardless of how the details play out, this will be a relatively exclusive little club (Maybe 40 people?).  It will fill fast, and I imagine, as I have seen other clubs in other cities, that membership will stay relatively static.  There will most likely be a wait list.  If you have interest in this, please let me know as soon as possible.  We’ll have to see whether or not David and I agree on this, but I would like he and I each to cherry pick a few people to join, then open it up to random membership.  The caveat…you gotta be passionate about whisky!  This isn’t going to be a debate club.  It is going to be a whisky appreciation and connoisseur club (or at least a ‘connoisseur-in-training’ club).

If you were a member of a whisky club in Calgary, what would you hope for in return for your dollar?  Be honest?

Stay tuned for further details following tonight’s meeting…

Mar 022010
 

Okay, gents…Here’s your lineup:

April

Scott’s Choice:  “Wizard’s First Rule” (Terry Goodkind)

$9.49

Our first foray into fantasy.  I’m quite excited about this.

May

Bauer’s Choice:  “Looking Backward 2000 – 1887” (Edward Bellamy)

$6.18

Dystopian novel written in 1888!!

June

Curt’s Choice:  “On The Road” (Jack Kerouac)

$12.54 Original Classic

$12.64 Scroll Version

Classic novel of the beat generation.  I have read this about 10 times.

Regarding “On The Road”:  This is considered a fiction novel, though based on real people.  Kerouac was forced to edit the early manuscript to change all names from those of real people to fictional identities.  He was also forced to clean it up and remove some of the more…objectionable content (keep in mind, this was the 40s).  A couple of years back the “Scroll Edition” was released.  It is uncut and has all names restored.

Two points of view here:

1)  Read the classic.  It is considered a classic for a reason.  Many feel that the “Scroll Edition” is mostly a novelty item for Kerouac fans.  By ordering this one, you are getting the novel as it has been reviewed and revered for 50+ years.

2)  Read the scroll version to see how Kerouac originally wrote it.  Will be a bit more racy, I imagine.  A little longer and a bit more raw.

It will be neat if we have a mix of people having read different versions.  Kinda cool to compare experiences.  I have the original and will order the “Scroll Edition”…and will have read both by June.

If you want me to order your books…let me know version one you want.

Looking forward to these!!