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mint juleps on the porch

Anne Dalke's picture

bell hook opens her essay on Beyonce by saying, “Lemonade is my favorite drink…" and quickly (rather breathlessly!) moves from that experience, via lemonade stands, to a critique of capitalism.

Try out this exercise, okay? What is your favorite drink? What might it tell us about you/your view of the world?

Mine is bourbon. I can drink it neat, on the rocks, in ginger ale (my simplest, and most common, cocktail, especially fine with a Moreno cherry and a little juice), or in a Manhattan. Or, each summer, in mint juleps. I muddle the mint, mix up a gallon of this, let it seep for a week, and then serve it, all summer long, to guests, in silver julep cups, on my front porch. This suggests (truly) that I am from the south (which has a lot to do with why-and-how I think about the poetics and politics of race), that I like to drink cold, sweet things on hot evenings, after a hard day of work (this is often writing; it could be apple picking; my husband is a pomster). I like to let loose. And to do so in company, but I can also manage this on my own.