By Brian McDonald St. Martin's Press, $24.95 McDonald gives us a bartender's eye view of the inner workings at the preeminent watering hole for New York City literary and media types, having had the privilege of working there when the place was at its peak — 1986 through 1997. We get his personal story (from down-and-out alcoholic to full-time writer); a revealing portrait of Elaine's owner/operator Elaine Kaufman; plenty of information about the business practices that kept her ...

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