Book Vs. Beer – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout vs Shakespeare, Playwright

I present the first of what I hope to be a long-running series: Book vs. Beer. The premise is simple. We (me and Gordon Highland) find beers that have literary origins. Then we talk about the beer as well as the source material.

For this first episode we discuss Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (from Rogue Brewery) and Shakespeare, the playwright (from his mother’s womb). Watch to find out why I don’t like Shakespeare.


We Play: Famous Drunk Authors Driving Drunk…Again

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:


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

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


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

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


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

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!