Posted by League Commissioner on November 22, 2011 10 Comments
Yesterday we posted about sharing a page of New York magazine with Woody Harrelson and Marilyn Monroe, and picturing Vonnegut pulled up to the bar with Woody and Marilyn.
So what better topic to write about today than the wonderful kinship of beer and books?
We'll start with a poem called "Lines on Ale" by the third baseman for the American Canons, Edgar Allan Poe.
"Lines on Ale"
Fill with mingled cream and amber
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain -
Quaintest thoughts - queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.
But for a delve a little deeper into this keg of kinship, Dogfish Head's generous and ingenious brewmaster Sam Calagione has done us the solid of throwing together a wonderful list of great pairs of novels and bottles.
So pull up a stool and crack open a classic with these recommendations of Sam's:
Moby Dick– Leviathan Series Stout from Harpoon Brewery – deep, dark, and bold…call me Ishm-Ale.
The Encyclopedia of Herbs – Saison du Buff – a collaboration between Dogfish Head, Victory, and Stone breweries that is made with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
The Book of Genesis as illustrated by R. Crumb – A little more off-centered than the King James version – R. Crumb’s illustrations bring the good book to life – I recommend pairing this with a vintage Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barley – I like to think Jesus actually turned water into BARLEY wine.
Lolita – a Belgian White Beer or German hefe - something enjoyed really young and fresh by the half-gallon jug from your most local brewpub. “Oh Wheat beer, light of my life, fire of my loins.”
Brave New World– Sam Adams' Utopias
The Heart of Darkness - Heart of Darkness Stout, Bell’s Brewery.
The Call of the Wild – Cantillion Kriek – a Belgian ale made with cherries and spontaneously fermented with wild yeast.
And let's add one pairing of our own: Sam's own book Brewing Up a Businesswith his own 60 minute IPA. Quoth the poet, "What care I how time advances?/I am drinking ale today."
Posted by League Commissioner on November 17, 2011 0 Comments
Novel-T is in Miami, Florida for the weekend for the Miami Book Fair, one of our favorite events of the year. For a couple kids from New York, it's hard to beat the chance to shoot down to the sunny climes of South Florida to talk books for a few days.
It's also a good chance for us to talk about one of the newest additions to the Novel-T league, Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was a great student of the culture and history of Florida, both of which she brought to bear in her most widely-read novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. In fact, she once wrote that, “I’ve got the map of Florida on my tongue.”
Novel-T's Zora Neale Hurston t-shirt features the iconic blooming pear tree on the front.
Posted by League Commissioner on November 14, 2011 0 Comments
Novel-T's Bartleby t-shirt, paying homage to Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, features the "not" or "do not enter" sign on the front and the number 9 on the back. Like all the numbers on Novel-T jerseys, the 9 is significant–but it requires a kind of creative leap of logic to make the connection.
Want us to tell you why Bartleby is 9? Sorry but no, we'd prefer not to.
But speaking of Bartleby and creative leaps, here's video we dig that's based on the story:
Posted by League Commissioner on November 12, 2011 0 Comments
Novel-T is crazy about Walt Whitman. We're so crazy for Whitman, in fact, that we offer two Walt Whitman t-shirts: our standard Walt Whitman jersey and our Walt's With Me special edition tee shirt.
Whitman is taught less and less in high schools, so fewer readers are encountering him these days. If you don't know where to start, consider "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and "Song of Myself." No matter how many times we've done it, reading those poems always puts us in a good mood.
We're also put in a good mood when we discover other folks that are ecstatic about Walt Whitman. Memorably, about a year ago we were tuned in to the first episode of the Discovery Channel's "Brewmasters" show and were delighted to see Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione sporting a Whitman jersey. Cheers, Sam. And cheers to you, too, Walt!