Private: Recalling writers who boozed it up

Robert McCrum salutes “the strange but potent marriage of books and booze, of libations and literature”:

HL Mencken, a columnist to treasure and revere, once wrote that the cocktail was the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. Ogden Nash actually wrote a poem about a Martini (‘There is something about a Martini… I think that perhaps it’s the gin’)….