We Play: Famous Drunk Authors Driving Drunk…Again [video]

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We get #Faulknered with this, the second edition of We Play: Famous Drunk Authors Driving Drunk.

Authors love to drink. It’s the safest stereotype in the world. So we thought, should famous authors be stopped for drinking and driving, what would they say to avoid jail time? Chances are, they would be more eloquent than we are in this video.

My guest today is Gordon Highland: www.gordonhighland.com


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BOOK TAG – 10 Influential Books [video]

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I was tagged by MartheBozart to do this 10 Influential Books tag. The basic idea is that I choose 10 books that have been influential to me in some way. I decided to group my 10 selections into books that influenced me as 1) a reader, 2) a writer, and 3) a…well, this tier is miscellaneous.


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Finally finishing a Donna Tartt novel: A video book review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [video]

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A video book review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch is a big book, both in physical size and ambition. What initially seems like a straightforward story of a teenage boy dealing with the death of his mother turns into an epic coming of age story that teases the us, the reader, with where our emotional investment should reside.

What am I drinking: Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Sam Adams


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We Play Plathitudes: Cliche Sympathy for Strange Deaths [video]

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Named for poet Sylvia Plath, who famously killed herself by sticking her head in an oven, Plathitudes is a game that involves writing fake sympathy cards for the grieving family of people who died in strange ways.

Think of it like The Darwin Awards meets Hallmark Cards.

Get it? Platitudes/Plathitudes? No? I hate you.

Learn more about The Darwin Awards here

Learn more about Sylvia Plath here

Learn more about ovens here


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TBR + TBD: To Be Read + To Be Drunk | July 2014 [video]

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What I read:

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (just a few dozen pages left, so I’m considering it a win)
  • Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin

What I’ll be reading:

  • White Noise by Don DeLillo (seriously this time)
  • Incarnations by Chris Deal

What I’ll be drinking:

  • Rubaeus Raspberry Ale from Founders Brewing Co.
  • Love Child #4 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Championship Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin
  • Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin

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I was happy to not know what was going on: a video book review of Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin [video]

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This makes two videos in a row in which I wear a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds shirt and drink Sexy Betty Imperial Stout. No, I’m not a slob drunk; I simply recorded two videos in a row.

Amanda Gowin’s Radium Girls is all sorts of interesting. It’s weird, it’s heartfelt, it’s wavering, it’s beautiful, it’s poetic, and it’s a bunch of other things I can’t think of right now because I’m tired.

You should buy this book!


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Even the Holocaust Can be Funny: a video review of The Humor Code [video]

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Even the Holocaust Can be Funny: a video book review of The Humor Code: a Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner – I’ve read a lot of comedy studies books. Well, three, but that’s a lot compared to most people, because most people aren’t sadists.

Luckily, this book isn’t like most humor studies books. This one is readable. It’s interesting. It actually contributes to an overall better understanding of, wait for it, what makes things funny (appropriate subtitles are all the rage right now).


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