Denny’s Daily Zinger: A Couple of Eye Openers …

I stopped drinking. I miss it terribly, especially vodka. But it was putting me to sleep, no longer giving that old buzz.

Now I get my highs in literature. Two splendid examples:

Vodka, when you get right down to it, is straight ethanol. It’s the miracle commodity that disinfects, runs automobiles and gets people drunk. Vodka is, in fact, a component ingredient in all other liquors. But these other spirits also have elements left over from a less intensive distillation process, and barrel aging. These elements can be called “flavor.” Vodka is to whiskey what sugar is to cake. Why would I spoon down a bowl of white granules if I could enjoy a fresh baked confection? —Wayne Curtis, from the review of “VODKA: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America” by Victorina Matus

From Nigel Hamilton’s [BRILLIANT!] “The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1943,” the description of Churchill’s stay in the White House in December, 1941:
Churchill had fitted almost seamlessly into this strange ménage … “Now Fields,” he had instructed the President’s head butler … “We want to leave here as friends, right? So I need you to listen. One, I don’t like talking outside my quarters; two, I hate whistling in the corridors; and three, I must have a tumbler of sherry in my room before breakfast, a couple of glasses of Scotch and soda before lunch and French Champagne and 90-year-old brandy before I go to sleep at night.”


Denny Hatch ‘s new book is Write Everything Right! “Concrete examples make the ideas clear. Short summaries of the main points are included after every chapter. The result is informative, thought-provoking, and an excellent addition to the category of writing-advice literature.” —Peter M. Fitzpatrick, US Review of Books. Click here to download (opens as a PDF) and read the first three chapters FREE. The title is also available on Kindle. Reach Denny at

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at

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