The Relatable Comedy of The Keillor Reader

How does Garrison Keillor remain relevant in a changing world? I grew up with parents who listened to “A Prairie Home Companion” on the radio and occasionally attended the live show. I remember asking my dad what he liked about it, back when I was too young and distracted by Sonic the Hedgehog to understand … [ Read more]

Book Dabbler: Returning to an adventure classic, Into Thin Air

Seventeen years after the release of Jon Krakauer’s best-seller, the tragic tale is still as gripping as ever After a recent snowfall, I watched the kids across the street climb on the snow piled at the end of their driveway. The wind chill was biting at something like -20°F, and though the kids looked to … [ Read more]

Books & Beers: ‘Inappropriate Behavior: Stories’

Inappropriate Behavior is a free fall into the depths of debt, violence, and dishonesty with no rock bottom in sight. In one of the short stories from Murray Farish’s debut collection Inappropriate Behavior: Stories, a woman named Ms. Willet wants to get away from her wreck of a husband, Buck, and keep her occasional lover, … [ Read more]

Book Review: Beyond the Pale by Ken Grossman

The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Review by Andrew Lovgren   At one point or another, every homebrewer fantasizes about starting a brewery. Even in the midst of the current craft brewing revolution, very few hobby-brewers ever actually make the leap to full scale. Back in the late 1970s, Ken Grossman took his favorite … [ Read more]