The author

Mike Q, Halloween 2010 at Johnny D’s (still bartending after all these years)

I’ve spent thirty years in crowded nightspots, as a bartender, bar manager and general manager.  I taught at The New England School of Bartending and was a contributing editor at Restaurant Hospitality magazine, writing a feature column.  One of my favorite pastimes is literature, and I’ve had two academic papers published on the philosophical connection between Jack London and Friedrich Nietzsche. (If you’re interested, “Nietzschean Psychology in London’s The Sea Wolf,” originally published in Western American Literature, is available online through JSTOR,)

A recent return to strictly bartending (and writing a book) makes me wonder why anyone would willingly give up the bar life.

(See more background in a post titled, “How I Got My Name.”)