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The literature: emilystjohnmandel's STATION ELEVEN

The libation: After the collapse of civilization, what drink would you miss most? Surely you can scavenge plenty of wine and whiskey that’s kept perfect well (and even aged nicely) in basements and pantries - you could even make yourself a hot toddy with it, warmed over the fire.

But just think - you’ll never drink an ice-cold beer again. Want some citrus to mix with the last of your vodka? Unless you’re in Florida or California, you’re SOL. After the ants get to the granulated sugar, you can’t even make simple syrup. Bloody Mary? Sure, if you’ve got the tomatoes, but where are you gonna find Worcestershire sauce?

Of course, it’s not all bad - there’s fresh fruit when you can get it, and preserves, once you’ve figured out how to can produce without giving everyone lead poisoning. You can set up a still, teach yourself to make beer and wine and liquor. But those tiny luxuries - bitters, liqueurs, ice in the middle of summer? They’ve gone for good.

So raise one final glass to our opulent age, before the flu comes. Pour an old-fashioned, while you still have a choice in whether or not to be. Moisten a sugar cube (it comes in cubes!) with 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters (they still make that!) in the bottom of a glass. Stir till the sugar’s dissolved, and add 2oz good spicy rye and a laughably huge ice cube (ready whenever you are). Garnish with orange peel, imported just for you from the farthest corners of the country. Stir, inhale, enjoy.

Survival, as they say, is insufficient.

Photo © Punch

rhlibrary:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Chosen by public library staff across the nation as the #2 LibraryReads pick for September!

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The very talented jacket designer of the UK edition of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel also created these striking comic panels inspired by the graphic novel mentioned throughout the book.

stationelevenbook:

The very talented jacket designer of the UK edition of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel also created these striking comic panels inspired by the graphic novel mentioned throughout the book.

lastnightsreading:

Emily St. John Mandel at Greenlight Bookstore, 9/8/14

lastnightsreading:

Emily St. John Mandel at Greenlight Bookstore, 9/8/14

#Station11 comes out tomorrow! Check out our book trailer for one of the most-buzzed about novels of the season.

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What would you miss most?

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What would you miss most?

thefranconian:

If the world as we know it were to end, what would you miss most? What would you want to save? #station11 @emilymandel

thefranconian:

If the world as we know it were to end, what would you miss most? What would you want to save? #station11 @emilymandel