Tag Archives: Ray Harvey

The Power of Ideas

It was toward the middle of the twentieth century that the inhabitants of many European countries came, in general unpleasantly, to the realization that their fate could be influenced directly by intricate and absturse books of philosophy. Their bread, their work, their private lives began to depend on this or that decision in disuputes on…

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Christopher Columbus, Howard Zinn, and A People’s History of The United States

This is excerpted from Chapter 25 of my forthcoming. Chapter 25 Howard Zinn, who was not a historian, is the author of a cultic classic called A People’s History of the United States, which is a tour-de-force of historical misinformation, sloppy scholarship, and outright prevarications. This perhaps partially explains why on the subject of history…

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Basketball Jones

I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life, someone I can pass to, someone who can hit the open man on the give-and-go, and not end up in the popcorn machine.

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The Great Electrifier: Nuclear Energy & the Myth of Nuclear Waste

There is no such thing as nuclear waste — and that’s just one of the many beautiful things about nuclear energy. A nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste. Quoting Dr. Pierre Guelfe, chief engineer of France’s main nuclear facility, in an interview he gave with William Tucker, author of an excellent book called Terrestrial…

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Valedictorian Speech That Will Change Your Life: To the Graduating Class of 2017

Young women and men of the graduating class of 2017: You are the magic. You are the one. You are the magic and the fun. You are meant to be happy. You are meant to enjoy your life, before it’s done. So please, for goodness sake, have fun. You are a tightly packed pod of…

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Whiskey Wisdom: How to be the Smartest Person in the Bar

(The following is excerpted from Whiskey Wisdom: A Bartender’s Guide to Living Ravenously) You can spot her from a mile away, the smartest person in the bar — or, if not quite from a mile away, nonetheless from very far. She doesn’t necessarily think of herself as smart. Still, her brain is carefully crafted —…

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: I Wish You Love

In bartending, as in life, the fundamental things apply. And time goes by. Thank you for watching.

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The Book of Dog: One of Us?

If Dog had a name, what would it be? Brought to you by the College of Subversive Knowledge. Subscribe!

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Wodka!

This article first appeared, in slightly altered form, in the Coloradoan newspaper. The Polish call it wodka. The Russians call it vodka. The word itself comes from the slavic voda — meaning “little water” — and, like water, vodka is colorless, odorless, and often enjoyed ice-cold. Distilled from fermented potatoes, or fermented grains (like rye…

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It Never Entered My Mind

The latest in our Putting-the-Cock-Back-in-Cocktail series: Watch all the others here.

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Sazeracs & Manhattans

A reader writes: In your last video (which I enjoyed somewhat) you said the Old-Fashioned isn’t the oldest cocktail on written record, and you are correct. The Sazerac is. When will you do a vid featuring that one, bud? Here you go, bud — though, for the record, it’s not actually known if the Sazerac…

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Mixing the Proper Old-Fashioned

Is there any cocktail that gets people as lathered up about technique as the Old-Fashioned? If there is, I don’t know about it. Come and have a drink with the unwashed.

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How to Make the Perfect Gin Martini

The Perfect Gin Martini: This is Part 8 in our Putting-the-Cock-Back-in-Cocktail series: Don’t forget to watch the Carpet-Licker and the Cosmo. And Getting Numb with Rum

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail (Part 4): Whiskey

Whiskey — or whisky, if you prefer — is a distilled spirit that’s usually made from corn, rye, barley, wheat, or, very often, a cross combination of some or all those. Whiskey is almost always aged in wooden casks which almost always consist of charred white oak. The word “whiskey” is an anglicized version of…

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More And More Unto The Perfect Day: A Good Review At Chanticleer

L Wilson Hunt, of Chanticleer Book Reviews, recently wrote a flattering and insightful piece on my novel More and More unto the Perfect Day. That review reads, in part: Bizarre things are beginning to happen to Joel Gasteneau. A strange illness has left him feeling weak and haunted by vivid dreams, and he feels that…

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