August 19, 2009

Those Russians

"They gave the guests a strong drink of vodka and mead with raisins and plums and on a large dish a round white loaf of fine bread made with butter and eggs."
--"The Terrible Vengeance," by Nicolai Gogol
I wonder, does food taste better with vodka on the side? Or maybe just Russian food?

I'm reading Gogol pretty much just because of his role in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. ("We all come out of Gogol's overcoat," says one of Lahiri's characters. So mysterious. MUST FIND OUT WHY.)

But do favorite authors' book suggestions always pan out? My sister and I were discussing this and we didn't reach a conclusion. In theory you'd think so, but then again, just because you like to read what an author writes, doesn't mean you'll like to read what that author reads. Does it? Hrm. I'm only on page 2 of my Gogol so I'll have to get back to you.

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