“Beer drinkers lead a dreary and gaseous life … Whiskey enthusiasts are … confined to a three-lane highway - straight, soda, or just plain water. But the cocktail contriver … has the whole world of nature at command…” So declares Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion, published in 1941.
Crosby Gaige (1882-1949), a book publisher and book collector, had help from fellow travelers in the world of potent potables: Lucius Beebe provided a foreword; Alexander Lawton Mackall an afterword or “final insult.”
And, lucky for Emdashes, the center for all things Irvinian, Gaige employed the talents of Rea Irvin, who “richly embellished” the book “with drawings almost from life.” Check out Lady Brett’s post on her copy of the book.
Hello! I’m Emily Gordon, an editor, critic, copywriter, and pre-web internet nut. Emdashes, born in 2004, spent many years as a New Yorker fan blog. The project garnered some nice compliments and press.
The blog’s now treading the territories of punctuation, publications, movies, design, and other things that stir me.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a brilliant brigade of culture writers, editors, and artists. You can read all about the people who've helped build Emdashes here at “Who We?” (That’s a New Yorker joke. Old habits die hard.)
I welcome submissions, questions, corrections, and ardent, obsessive contributors. I also host occasional book-related contests and giveaways. Questioners and publishers, just email me.
Jennifer Hadley designed the original Emdashes pencil logo, based on a 1943 Dorothy Gray ad.