Black_Raven_WA: What is your favorite cocktail?
Troy Patterson: Thanks for the question. I have three answers.
HGpennypacker: What is one cocktail of years past that you would love to see gain popularity again?
Troy Patterson: There's a really simple sour called the New York Cocktail. It ought to be a household name. Rye, lime or lemon juice, extra-sweet grenadine.
quarkdown: How much interaction do you have with other Slate columnists? Which column (other than yours) do you like reading the most and why?
Troy Patterson: I don't go into the office as much as I ought, so much interaction is random.
I always have fun reading Katie Roiphe, even when I disagree with her and perhaps even especially when she is being provocative just for the sake of being provocative.
adamiwebb: Why is Mulholland Dr. considered superior to Lost Highway?
I have always considered Mulholland to be an inferior copy … easily and obviously the lesser of the two. I am pretty comfortable in my opinions usually, but the disparity between my opinion and the critical consensus has led me to watch Mulholland again and again. And I still think I'm right. But enlighten me. Make me realize what I'm missing in Mulholland. And ask Dana to weigh in as well if you want—I believe MD was on her Best of the Decade list.
Troy Patterson: I think of Lost Highway as the rough draft of Mulholland Dr.
I like how suave MD is about exploring the nature of film as a medium and Hollywood as an institution by way of capturing something powerful about the essential experience of being human. Does that help?
adamiwebb: It helps give me yet another reason to watch it again. Thanks.
gururyan: I have to switch up liquors or I build a tolerance, or so I think. Is this all in my head, or is this legit? For example, I got to where a 750 of rum in one evening would just make me tired, not drunk. So, I switched to vodka, which worked for a bit, but now I can polish off a 750 of that and just be mildly tipsy. Strong ales can't get me tipsy—I just get bloated. The best fix seems to be a combination of ales and various spirits.
Troy Patterson: Not to sound like your dad or something, but I worry that you drink a bit much.
gururyan: Thanks, dad.
scofface: Any tips for making a great Old Fashioned?
Troy Patterson: Use simple syrup instead of sugar. Never muddle a cherry.
Jack_Arnott: Hi Troy, what was your first paid gig, writing or otherwise? If otherwise, you first paid writing gig also.
Troy Patterson: First paid writing gig was co-writing a welcome-to-campus handbook for incoming freshman at Princeton University, a college featured in Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, opening this Friday at a theater near you.
First high-school job was as a skeet-puller at a gun club.
asimpleenigma: What show have you hated the most but had to keep watching because it was popular and you had to write about it?
Troy Patterson: My first impulse is to say Jersey Shore, but I kind of like watching Jersey Shore.