Come Here Often? 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar Ed. Sean Manning
"A reminder that no matter where you are in the world there is always a place nearby that feels like home."—The Paris Review
“In this collection of essays, writers including Joe Meno, Rosie Schaap, and Craig Finn pay tribute to the bars that have shaped them. It’s an outstanding and talented group, and a subject that’s close to the hearts of many literary types.” —Vol.1 Brooklyn
"An intoxicating tour of bars around the world" —Time Out New York
"Like a good bar, the book’s clientele of writers and the bars, dives, lounges, and hooch parlors they write about are a diverse, talkative, friendly, serious and funny bunch." —Seattle Magazine
Funny, smart, and poignant, this anthology is a rare opportunity to do some serious armchair drinking.
Seriously, what the hell do you need to leave your house for anymore? The bar is one of the last bastions of genuine human interaction. “Public houses” they were once called; it’s a moniker that seems more and more deserving to be revived. . . . But with so many bars these days, how do you choose? What makes a bar so great that you want to go back night after night until ultimately you’re bestowed with that most honorific designation of the regular?—Sean Manning, from the Introduction
A neighborhood bar can become a second home or a memory best forgotten. But what makes a particular bar special, better than the one just down the street? The answers vary considerably as writers share personal stories of drinking establishments located from an island on the equator to the frigid windswept landscape of Antarctica.
Contributors Include: Madison Smartt Bell, Shani Boianjiu, Susan Choi, Kate Christensen, Janine di Giovanni, Craig Finn, Jack Hitt, Laura Lippman, Duff McKagan, Joe Meno, Azadeh Moaveni, Alissa Nutting, Jack Pendarvis, Scott Raab, Jim Shepard, Ishmael Reed, Davy Rothbart, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Darin Strauss, J. Maarten Troost, Andrew W.K. and more…
Sean Manning, Editor, is the author of The Things That Need Doing: A Memoir and editor of four critically-acclaimed anthologies. He has contributed to Esquire, The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, New York Press, BlackBook, The Awl, The Millions,andThe Brooklyn Rail. Manning lives in Brooklyn, New York. His favorite bar is the now-closed Shots in Akron, Ohio.
Malachy McCourt, Foreword, has had articles published in many periodicals including National Geographic and The New York Times. He is the co-author of the play A Couple of Blaguards with his brother Frank, and has written his own New York Timesbestselling memoir, A Monk Swimming.