What could be more appropriate for the season of convivial gatherings
than this illuminating, amusing, and recipe-filled history of "the
flowing bowl"? David Wondrich, whose celebration of legendary barkeep
Jerry Thomas (Imbibe!) earned him a James Beard award, here serves up an intoxicating brew for readers and for their guests.
May 24: Joseph Brodsky was born on this day in 1940 in Leningrad. Brodsky's constitutional skepticism was not compatible with the official Soviet alternatives, and by age twenty-five he was in prison, wrapped in cold, wet sheets as…