After a lengthy hiatus, Liquorature is back. Though not as you may have known it.
Earlier this year Liquorature fell from its lofty perch as the last outreach of civilized modern man. For five (mostly) glorious years it had stood as a bastian of hope and intellectual respite in a world sadly riddled with reality TV, socialite headlines and video games displacing books as the preferred medium of escapism. Something had happened. The spark had very nearly died. The lamp had dimmed.
Rather than see this beloved outpost fall into ruin, we pulled closed the doors and shuttered the windows.
It leaves a hole in your life though. Once you’ve become accustomed to the ritual of the monthly gathering, the anticipation of a good read, the salivation for new drams and the hope of an inspired conversation, well…it’s hard to simply let it rot on the vine. Some things inevitably needed to change, though, in order to make it work again.
Now…many moons later, that guttering spark has been brought back to life. In a way, this is a Frankenstein moment of sorts for Liquorature. The make-up of the club has changed. The overall direction has slightly shifted. Perhaps a few formalities will morph into something more or less than they were previously. Either way…we’re back.
A mate of mine – a filthy, devious, Irish mate of mine – got hold of me a few months back regarding Stephen King’s magnum opus ‘The Dark Tower’. We had discussed the merits of this series when we gathered for the ‘Cell’ event a couple years ago. Apparently the recommendation did not go unheeded. As my hobo pal drew towards the end of this monstrous yarn, he called me and said that this was one that needed to be discussed. A timeframe was soon agreed upon, and a few of us more masochistic souls began laboriously plodding through the seven canonical volumes, plus the apocryphal add-ons. Finally, a month or so ago (August 8th, actually), we gathered and talked the shit outta this one over many a dram. It turned out to be a great night that effectively became the launching point for this new iteration of Liquorature.
Prior to our untimely (though temporary) demise, there had been a couple of books lined up that we never got ’round to. I guess only time will tell whether or not we ever come back to those tales. Instead, we have moved forward with a new collective, a new rotation, new selections and a new outlook. The coming months will bring the following:
“Star Maker” (Olaf Stapledon)
“The Stars My Destination” (Alfred Bester)
“The Old Man And The Sea” (Ernest Hemingway)
“A Christmas Carol” (Charles Dickens)
…and after that, leading off 2015, who know?
Feel free to pour yourself a drink and read along from your distant vantages and partake vicariously here via comments.
Keep watch for many updates to the site. She’s a little rusty, but we’ll pretty ‘er up.
In the meantime…I look forward to sharing the journey.
‘Keep your lamp trimmed and burning, for this old world is almost gone’