December 4, 2013

A Handy Guide for International Diplomats

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As a counterpart to Jadoo, I offer here some of John’s notes for A Handy Guide for International Diplomats, Wandering Correspondents, and Other Bums, in which he complains about European food and leers at the women.  I suspect this was intended for one of the men’s magazines he contributed to in the ’50s.  As John’s friends can attest, he was always a picky eater, and no restaurant was good enough.  Only he could travel through France and Italy and not find any food he liked!





  1. Doug: Having traveled in Germany, Austria, and Italy, I’m thinking John’s palate was very picky indeed. HOWEVER…the 1950s were different (I was in Europe in the early 90s), and many so-called exotic foods–as you know–originated here. I know John had a million places to choose from in NYC–true then, and now. But food IS a very personal thing. Damned interesting JK draft, though!

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — December 5, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  2. Well, he was obviously exaggerating for comic effect. But, man, was he picky! Really, he just wanted to eat hamburgers and ice cream, and shunned vegetables with the zeal of a cranky kid. He also used to insist that the grocery stores in his neighborhood only carried mustard.

    Comment by Doug — December 6, 2013 @ 10:25 am

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