“…The Fitzgeralds madly swapped letters that carefully articulated all the particular strains of their charmed lives. And in these letters, they contemplated their tonics: for Zelda, it was beauty and perfume; for Scott, writing and gin (but never at the same time: “My work is done on coffee, coffee, and more coffee, never on alcohol,” he wrote in a letter in 1930).

With Scott in California, Zelda nudged him toward the border for bottles of Babani or Rosine: “either is cheap in Mexico.” When he sent her a bottle of contraband Salut, she proclaimed it “such amazingly adequate, and so sensorily gratifying a perfume that I wanted more of it.”

Zelda once told a newspaper that “having things, objects make a woman happy. The right kind of perfume, the smart pair of shoes. They are great comforts to the feminine soul.”

But in her fiction, perfume is less comfort and soul than it is a signal of social climbing. In her novel, Save Me the Waltz, her characters sit in a porch swing and attempt to delineate the fragrances of the garden … honeysuckle, star jasmine, cut hay… “‘It’s my perfume,’ said Alabama impatiently, ‘and it cost six dollars an ounce.’” In her short story, “Poor Working Girl,” the title character considers “all the refinement to be bought with seventy-five dollars: twenty-five dollar dresses and the ten-dollar perfume.” In another, “The Original Follies Girl,” a character “reeked of a lemony perfume and Bacardi cocktails.”…

excerpt from : A Brief Survey of Famous Authors and Their Favorite Cocktails (and Colognes!)
Timothy Schaffert Considers the Fitzgeralds, Truman Capote, Josephine Baker, and More
By Timothy Schaffert

August 3, 2021

an inside look…

jealous of a writer’s life? dont let the ‘glamour’ fool you.

Hold on to your seats.

Prepare yourselves as you find out the TRUTH.

Check out this Day in the Life of a Writer:

ok….hold on…
and then…
it’s all part of the ‘process’….

Yep….can’t say I didn’t warn you…it isn’t all fun and games…it’s a tough life…sometimes. (when we touch down to reality…you know what I mean…)

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Susanna Clarke’s Labyrinthine ‘Piranesi’ Will Lock You In : NPR

by Ari Shapiro

Her latest is called Piranesi ­­– that’s also her narrator’s name — and his whole world is a strange, labyrinthine house. His name comes from a real-life person, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an 18th-century architect and artist. “He did some engravings of fantastic prisons which have haunted my imagination for a long time,” Clarke says. “They could possibly be real places, but quite dark and looming. I must admit, I kind of want to go to those fantastic prisons … and I want to walk around. … They’re meant to be gloomy, but I find them quite attractive.” The fictional Piranesi explores the massive halls lined with towering statues. He catches fish in the oceans that roar through rooms down below. He’s at home in this mysterious house. “He’s in a very strange and in some ways inhospitable place, but he doesn’t feel it’s inhospitable,” Clarke explains. “It is a meaningful place. The statues and the house all feel generally overwhelmingly benevolent to him and he feels like he is in communion with them, like he is sort of almost having a conversation with the world in which he finds himself.”…

Susanna Clarke’s Labyrinthine ‘Piranesi’ Will Lock You In : NPR
image from Bloomsbury Press on Home Sweet Labyrinth: Susanna Clarke’s Mysterious ‘Piranesi’ Will Lock You In

10 of the Best Books About the Multiverse | Book Riot

If you’ve ever wondered if we’re currently living in the darkest timeline, then you’ve wondered about the multiverse. If you’ve ever thought about what your life might be like if you had made different choices, then you’ve wondered about the multiverse. Now it’s time to take your wondering to the next level and explore all of the wonders of the multiverse in these ten books. With adult fiction, young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction books all exploring the topic, there’s a multiverse book out there for everyone who wonders.

10 of the Best Books About the Multiverse | Book Riot

Dessert Recipes of Iconic Thinkers: Emily Dickinson’s Coconut Cake, George Orwell’s Christmas Pudding, Alice B. Toklas’ Hashish Fudge & More | Open Culture

Of all the desserts to attain cultural relevance over the past century, can any hope to touch Alice B. Toklas’ famous hashish fudge? Calling for such ingredients as black peppercorns, shelled almonds, dried figs, and most vital of all Cannabis sativa, the recipe first appeared in 1954’s The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. (Toklas would read the recipe aloud on the radio in the early 1960s, a time when the fudge’s key ingredient had become an object of much more intense public interest.) More than a how-to on Toklas’ favorite dishes, the book is also a kind of memoir, including recollections of her life with Gertrude Stein — herself the author of the ostensible Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas….

…Born a generation after Orwell, Roald Dahl made no secret of his own sugar-addicted British palate. In his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dahl had “dazzled young readers with visions of Cavity-Filling Caramels, Everlasting Gobstoppers, and snozzberry-flavored wallpaper,” writes Open Culture’s own Ayun Halliday. But his own candy of choice was “the more pedestrian Kit-Kat bar. In addition to savoring one daily (a luxury little Charlie Bucket could but dream of, prior to winning that most golden of tickets) he invented a frozen confection called ‘Kit-Kat Pudding,'” whose simple recipe is as follows: “Stack as many Kit-Kats as you like into a tower, using whipped cream for mortar, then shove the entire thing into the freezer, and leave it there until solid.”

Dessert Recipes of Iconic Thinkers: Emily Dickinson’s Coconut Cake, George Orwell’s Christmas Pudding, Alice B. Toklas’ Hashish Fudge & More | Open Culture

Is This the End of Writing in Cafés?

On the Appeal of Lingering During (and After) a Pandemic

By Emily Temple Literary Hub


Full disclosure: I may not be the right person to answer the question posed in this headline. After all, I wrote my first novel almost entirely from bed. In fact, I am writing this essay from bed now. Like Edith Wharton, Colette, and Proust, I am more creative when reclined, and when comfortable, and when alone. This is only to say, I don’t write in public spaces. Public spaces are the opposite of my bed. But plenty of writers swear by them. The café, in particular, has long been a popular place to write; so popular that it has acquired a thick air of nostalgia and romance that threatens to obscure its actual value. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir famously used Paris’s Café de Flore as their home office; as Sartre explained, “We settled there: from nine o’clock in the morning to noon, we worked there, we went to lunch, at two o’clock we came back and we talked with friends that we met until eight o’clock. We received the people we had arranged to meet, it may seem strange, but we were at Flore at home.”…

Is This the End of Writing in Cafés? | Literary Hub