Happy Hour History: The Manhattan

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF Editor’s note: This part of an ongoing series exploring the history of various cocktails the author likes to make for happy hour. Enjoy responsibly. Few drinks have the classic cocktail cachet of the Manhattan. By most accounts, it was the first — of the modern era — and, while others have gone…

Daily Clicks — May 27, 2014

• “Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?” The sad state of anti-intellectualism in The United States. (macleans.com) • The best cure for Shit Writing Syndrome? Dan Harmon. A great account by comedy writer Andy Bobrow about how his time on Community helped him become a better writer. (medium.com) • What’s up with that gunk…

Happy Hour History: The Martini

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF Editor’s note: This part of a series exploring the history of various cocktails the author likes to make for happy hour. Enjoy responsibly. For today’s lesson, we’ll be exploring the storied past of the Martini, a cocktail HL Mencken once called the “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” I couldn’t…

Caitlin Canty: Her golden hour

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF [This interview originally appeared in the January 24, 2013, edition of the Rutland Reader.] Caitlin Canty doesn’t get stage fright. Behind her guitar, the Proctor-born singer-songwriter is all confidence and grace — comfortable in her own skin and her own voice. Fearlessness is a quality that serves a professional musician…