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Arthur Schlesinger and his beloved martini (excerpt)

Arthur Schlesinger recording his response to a meal in 1987: "I could not help noting the generational differences in diet. I had a martini and grilled double lamb chops. They had Perrier and chef's salad. I suppose that their diet is better for them. But mine is more fun. I understand the disappearance of cigarettes these days; they are poison. But why has hard liquor, the staff of life, yielded to white wine and, heaven help us, Perrier?" from Arthur Schlesinger, Journals, 1952-2007 (Penguin, 2007), as quoted in Jon Meacham's Washington Post review, October 7, 2007. (This was before the era of the flavored martini, a development probably not beloved by Professor Schlesinger.)

Posted by David Fahey on October 8, 2007 at 04:25 PM in Gin | Permalink