Thanks again to everyone who came to the Barnes & Noble book-signing event last Saturday in Brick, New Jersey (including Mayor John Ducey). The turnout was great—special props to friends and family who came from as far as Boston and Staten Island!
On December 4 I will be speaking about Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America at the Phillips Collection. Details to follow.
Last month I was honored to be hosted by Americans for Tax Reform, where vodka was served generously in the form of cocktails like the Phil Mickelson (really the John Daly—vodka plus iced tea and lemonade—but since Daly has struggled with alcohol, no laughing matter, ATR went with Phil, who appropriately enough has complained about taxes). Host Grover Norquist pointed out the chunk of taxes that are incorporated into a bottle of booze. I pointed out a tax credit that promotes flavored vodka—and the need to repeal it.
Also in August, D.C. publicist extraordinaire Janet Donovan interviewed me (in her posh studio above Café Milano in Georgetown) for an online episode of Hollywood on the Potomac. It was refreshingly quirky and unconventional—I loved it.
Earlier this week I spoke to the Kirkpatrick Society at a luncheon at the American Enterprise Institute—special thanks to Mary Eberstadt for hosting me.
And on Saturday, September 6, I will be doing a book-signing at the Barnes and Noble in Brick, New Jersey. It’ll be very exciting to see family and old friends. I just hope they all buy the book!
Last week I had the pleasure of going on The Derek Hunter Show on WBAL and Washington’s Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor on WMAL. Both hosts were gracious in promoting the book and on WMAL (beginning at the 30-minute mark) we took questions: One man said a shot of vodka is perfect before he goes on stage to sing. Another claimed rubbing vodka on skin areas affected by poison ivy is quite helpful. So the next time you go on a hike, don’t forget your Off! spray and a flask of Smirnoff!
If you’ve read my book, Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press), you’ll know this country has Americanized the Russian spirit much as we Americanized certain Mexican and Italian foods. Smirnoff, after all, is manufactured in the United States. American Harvest comes from Idaho. The ever-popular Tito’s is from Texas. So if Russia ever threatens to withhold its vodka products in a trade war, we’ll be fine—unless you absolutely cannot do without, say, Russian Standard. I explained all this to Angela Johnson of the Wall Street Journal.
You never know what they’ll ask over at the Daily Caller, but it’s always interesting (if not lurid!). So here you will find my Q&A with Daily Caller senior editor Jamie Weinstein. The last question (about a “best story” involving vodka) was fraught with peril. But I think it’s mostly harmless—and true!