Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Starting the Wish List early

OK, it is fully 9 months till my birthday, and over 11 months until Christmas rolls around again, but...

... if any of my readers were thinking of buying me a little something for the imminent Chinese New Year, or just as a thank-you for all the spiffing blog content I've turned out for you over the past year...

... then you could do worse than this:
Yes, a set of shot glasses commemorating six of the world's greatest tippling literary figures:  Byron, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, W.B. Yeats, and Dorothy Parker.

They are produced by the quite splendidly named Unemployed Philosophers' Guild (is there any other kind?).

These chaps do lots of other great stuff too - such as a finger puppet of Munch's Scream figure, a template for creating images of the Virgin Mary on slices of toast, a 'Relativity' wristwatch (the hands stay still while the numbers move), and Freudian slippers. All of your gift needs taken care of on one site!

New 'Competition' Idea - Literary Drinkers

I can't help thinking that their shot glass set has overlooked some significant boozing writers. The American greats of the early 20th Century provide a particularly rich vein: F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Tennessee Williams, and of course Hemingway. Going just a little further back, we might add Jack London as well. And more recently, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, and Charles Bukowski.  From British shores, we could mention Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Lowry, and Jeffrey Bernard. Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess were known to imbibe a fair bit too, I think. P.G. Wodehouse, although he was not himself a heavy drinker, as far as I know, certainly appreciated a drink. And of course, from the Emerald Isle, we must have my favourite drinking writer, Brian O'Nolan.

So, quite a few to be going on with there.  Any personal favourites you would add, readers?

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