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OKC literary figures had choice words about drinks

Ben Fenwick January 1st, 2009

While some may drink to forget, some drink to remember. It was his upbringing in Oklahoma that clouded Ralph Ellison's glass with ghosts. By accounts, Ellison, whose 1952 novel "Invisible Man" rocked...

tern writer Louis L'Amour as a part of President Roosevelt's Works Project Administration. In addition to calendars and other pamphlets, the project under Thompson endeavored to write about Oklahoma's labor history " he was at one point a member of the Communist Party " and also attempted to develop a history of black Oklahomans with Oklahoma's Black Dispatch editor Roscoe Dunjee, although Thompson was removed from the program before the history was completed.

His affinity for drink, however, earned him a hallowed place in "Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers" by Edward Hemingway " yes, the grandson of Ernest Hemingway " and Mark Bailey.

"Jim Thompson was really one of the very, very hard drinkers," Bailey said. "The sidecar, from 'The Grifters,' was such a great description

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