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

  3. If you’d have told me P J O’Rourke wrote this, I’d have believed it.
    The weirdness in Johns books was what we came for, the tone, style and humor was what we stayed for and keeps us coming back.
    This was a gem. Thanks!

    Comment by Patrick — December 17, 2014 @ 11:49 am

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