When a book sparks emotion, you have to take notice; no matter the book. Alas, Babylon is a reminder of the threat, both past and present, of nuclear war. And, it’s a reminder that faith and hope are not easily lost. Grab your bourbon (or Knob Creek if you’re playing at home), and settle in for a Gen-Xer’s rant.
There are few writers who paint a picture like Steinbeck. From his stories to his characters to his settings to his descriptions, you can't help but be immersed. That's why we're going to start slow with him and pay a visit to Cannery Row. Grab your bourbon.
Are we all just accidents waiting to happen? Maybe. In this episode of the Book and Bourbon podcast, Chris takes a look at All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai, tastes a delicious bourbon, and wonders how humbling it might be to take a trip back in time.
We are literally surrounded by our own personal primers, but do we spend enough time thinking about the experiences they provide? In this episode of Book and Bourbon, Chris takes a look at the lessons learned in The Diamond Age and whether or not fiction holds more truth than the present. Pour some Michter’s, sit back, and relax.
Don’t panic. That’s good advice in any situation, especially when you have a towel within arm’s reach. In this episode of Book and Bourbon, Chris takes a ride on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to see if it’s science fiction, satire, or comedy. Or maybe it’s all three of those things; applicability doesn’t exactly follow the rules, you know. And as for bourbon, we’ll be sipping on Yellowstone. Need a lift?
If you're keeping a list of the best books you've never heard of, add Stoner to that list. It isn't often that you get an honest look behind the curtain of any given obituary but, when you do, it makes you consider what will be said about you. Pour yourself a generous amount of Four Roses, get comfortable, and join Chris on this journey through William Stoner's life.
Can a novel that’s set in the future leave you feeling nostalgic? You better believe it. This episode of Book and Bourbon takes a look at that connection and why words are the ties that bind … without making you TIMATOV. Also, we'll sip on some Noah’s Mill and announce a change to the podcast. Enjoy.
If you haven't read any of Wendell Berry's novels, Jayber Crow is where you should begin. This episode of Book and Bourbon takes a look at the places we call home and where they fit into this oversized world. So, if the world has you in an emergency to relax, grab your favorite bourbon, kick back, and have a listen.
Music, misery, and mixtapes. In this episode of the Book and Bourbon podcast, Chris discusses one of his favorites—High Fidelity—and how that applies to "nothing," new year's resolutions, and his desert island, all-time, top five favorite bourbons.