• Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Theology

    White (Collar) Christmas: Gin, Crime, Theology and the Rat Pack

      The hour is upon us, so herewith a few Christmas items. Cocktails Here from the archives is a recipe (via Garden & Gun magazine) for Milk Punch for Christmas Morning and a new recipe for An Old Old-Fashioned   . From our friends at the Gin Monkey blog, a gin drinker’s gift list and from Gastronomista, a recipe for Jagermeister and Rye.  Yikes.       Crime From J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet, here are 10 of The Most Arresting Crime Novels of 2015. Marilyn Stasio, crime fiction reviewer for the New York Times, sets out her 2015 favorites in Death Takes No Holiday   . Theology From David Zahl at Mockingbird, Consuming 2015:…

  • Social Media

    Why You Need More Email

    Actually, that’s not true.  You don’t need more email; rather, you need better email. Other than a missive alerting you to a sale on gin at your local booze-provider, what constitutes “better” email”? “Better” email is email alerting you to new posts from White Collar Wire. It’s simple. Enter your email address in the “Susbcribe” box on the left of the home page, and click the grey “Subscribe” button. An email alerting you to a new post will, helpfully, appear in your inbox. Do not miss out; help us to be relevant (or, at least, to so perceive ourselves); and re-post anything about gin sales.

  • Literature,  Theology

    Why We Should Ban Any New “Christmas Carol” and Re-Tune Victorian Hymns

    The BBC’s classical music site published this article about the Victorians and Christmas stories.  The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is among them, but so too some more obscure (at least, obscure to me) work by George Eliot and others. As novelist John Irving  noted in an introduction to A Christmas Carol, the work is essentially a Christian ghost story about human transformation: Scrooge is such a pillar of skepticism, he at first resists believing in Marley’s Ghost. “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you…