November 30, 2010
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DeVoto and DeVoto

I was watching Julie and Julia again last night and it struck me: the Bernard DeVoto who wrote that wonderful passage about the martini and the unicorn

This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections glow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn. But it would not be a martini if we should see him.

turns out in fact to be the husband of Avis DeVoto , who was Julia Child’s friend, confidante, and de facto agent.

Small world.