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Four Nights at Elaine's: The Last Will and Testament of a Great Saloon

Cleaning out the liquor and closing the door on the best bar in New York City

Originally Published: June 8, 2011
By Wright Thompson

I remember the moment when I realized I wanted to write. I was at home, in the 10th grade, sick. My days and nights got mixed up, and when the house was quiet, I'd sit downstairs and read. My mom was a high school English teacher, so the place was filled with books. One night, I pulled one by Willie Morris off the shelf. It was called North Toward Home, his memoir of going from small-town Mississippi Delta boy to editor of Harper's. When I started reading, I thought I'd end up running my dad's ...

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