The Mikes are as split down the middle like the remnants of a rotting zombie, which you can read all about in Colson Whitehead's Zone One. Do the literati have any business invading the sacred territory of the current zombie meme or is it best to be cordoned off and left for those hard-boiled horror writers who know how it is done?
It IS Cocktail Time!
Manhattan Is Burning.
2 shots rye whiskey
1/2 shot red vermouth
Pour in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass.
Top with Angostura bitters.
Flame an orange by warming over a flame and pinching so the oils catch fire and fall
on to the drink—or not; it takes a little practice.
End Music: I Love New York by Madge.