April 25, 2002

Jafsie and John Henry: Essays

These occasional essays range from Life On Broadway to the shortcomings of stainless steel. The twenty-nine pages of "Scotch Malt Whisky Society" are worth the price of admission: a truly remarkable essay, just as good in its way as Lagavulin: "And there I was art the bar in Cambridge, Mass., that charming Athena of Backwaters, and I tasted the good scotch and thought, 'How long has this been going on?' It was dark and rich and not at all sweet, and quite sharp without being bitter, and it tasted curiously of smoke..."