Oct 262010

So…as mentioned in a previous post, our esteemed colleague and resident clown, Bauer has relocated as of just recently.  I think I had (and have) a tougher time with this than the rest, as Bauer is a brother to me.  In all ways but blood.  He is ‘Uncle Boo’ to my girls; we’ve lived together; played on stage together; been in clubs and pools and Liquorature together; we’ve road-tripped and drank; seen concerts and hockey games; and generally just clicked from early on.

Not only will Bauer always be a part of my life (and my family’s), he will always be a part of Liquorature.  I hope he continues to post here frequently, read our books and comment on the respect pages here on the site.  He also has an open invite to any gathering he is in town for.  Kinda like our honorary member.

Cheers to ya, Boo.

Having said all of that…

Liquorature became smaller.  Something we didn’t want.  We tossed names around, spoke to potential candidates and narrowed the field down to just a couple of truly engaging individuals whom we thought would, on the one hand fit the Liquorature mold…and on the other hand, smash that mold to bits.  We weren’t looking to find a replacement (Bauer is not replaceable, as all here will attest).  We were looking to bring in someone new to add to our conversations and be one more voice of dissent (cause that’s what this is really about , isn’t it?).

Two candidates ended up being the last standing.  Both wanted to be involved.  Both could being something new.  Both had more than one person in their corner nominating them as potentially a great member.  In the end, after much deliberation, and bending our own rules about the number of members…

We welcome Chris Graham and Jay Roberts into the fold.

Chris, you’ll remember, has sat in with our group for the ‘Wizard’s First Rule’ eve at Scott’s place.  He fit like a Trojan…uh…I mean glove.  Jay is the ‘Jay’ mentioned in a couple of whisky posts here as a friend who shares his drams.  Can’t go wrong there, huh?

Both fellas have been tasked with drafting up profiles/bios as the rest of us have done.  When they have finished, you’ll see ’em here first.  New group shot, similar to last (as it will be done at the same location) , will be in November at Scott’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ meet.  Those out there who have yet to meet us all can now see that the other two are just as fugly as the rest of us!

Welcome, gents!

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Oct 252010

Hmmm.  I’ve been so into the rums and the movies over the last weeks, that it has slipped me to see what others are reading these days.  This of course came about at work when The Hippie and I were discussing possibly upcoming choices with which to plague the illiterati.

Books for me have always been a lifeline.  My childhood was marked by frequent (and interesting) changes.  Before I was twelve I was already on my third continent.  Friends changed, languages were different, cultures varied wildly: but the great constants through it all were my brother, my father…and books – for which my mother can truly be said to be the facilitator (she was a librarian). Some of my earliest memories from Africa remain those of my curled up in a corner next to her office, reading a pile of Willard Price or Enid Blyton stories.  Want to know why I speak and write with such polysyllabry?  Blame all that earlier reading.

This love has never left me.  I may not have embraced e-books or the Kindle, but I read with as much interest and variety as always.

So what am I reading now?  Here’s what’s on the shelf at home, and I’d like to know what you have on your bedside table as well:

1. Blame The Hippie for this one – A People’s History of the United States

2. Ways of Sunlight – Short Stories of Samuel Selvon

3. A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church (an Inspector O novel, set in – get this! North Korea)

4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (I’m prepping for the Baskervilles session in November, but am rereading eveything to prepare)

5. A Drink Before The War – Denis Lehane.  My take is that Lehane is one of the best noir writers currently publishing, with unexpected threads of humour coiling around all his very dark work. I don’t care what you start with, but any one of his novels is worth a read.

And there you are.  What have you got to share or recommend?

 Posted by at 5:15 pm
Oct 142010

Maltmonster posed an interesting List: not content to discuss the five best trilogies, he posited a selection of the best three movies made by a single director.

With that in mind: please list five directors who each have three movies that are superlative beyond the norm.  Just to make life interesting, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Sidney Lumet or Billy Wilder are not to be a part of your final list.  You are also to exclude any self-contained trilogy (or any of its individual constituent films) like LOTR, Bourne, Jurassic Park, Mad Max and so on.

Gentlemen, have at it.

 Posted by at 3:39 pm
Oct 062010

So…our crew is now down to six.

I am truly saddened that Bauer is moving on.  An opportunity has taken him one province away (which makes for one hell of a commute for a night of boozin’ and pseudo-intellectualizin’).  He and I have been like brothers for many years now…having shared homes, friends, jobs, a band, books, music, drinks, thoughts and much more.  Though I know in my heart of hearts that this is best for him, I will be deeply blue that he is gone.

That being said…Bauer will always be a member here, and any time through town will be not only welcome but expected at gatherings.  Here’s hoping that schedule is open enough to allow frequent trips out west.

Glasses high, amigo.  You’ll be missed.

All the best.


– The Liquorature gang

 Posted by at 6:30 pm