Setting the bar for book clubs. Drinking beer on Tuesday nights with people you don’t know—this ain’t your mama’s book club. For nine years, Books and Bars has brought Twin Cities lit lovers together for a monthly schmooze of cheap beer and book talk. Jeff Kamen moderates a spirited discussion on three consecutive Tuesdays each month at local venues in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Chanhassen. Everyone’s welcome to take part in the dialogue. In a recent discussion of Louise Erdrich’s novel Round House, phrases like “commodity cheese,” and “what about the money?” juiced up a serious discourse on European guilt and Native American culture. To join the Twin Cities largest book club, check out the schedule on the Books and Bars website.
I did something really stupid. I gave up drinking for Lent and I’m not even Catholic. I never given something up and wanted to try it. But a priest said Sundays don’t count. Well, he didn’t say it to me, but good Catholics verified it. Have you ever heard about this Sunday off Lent thing? Good thing St. Pat’s is on a Sunday this year. Anyway, I had 1 Sunday break at, of all places, The Children’s Museum.
Wrote this post about career choices 3 years ago and am in a much different place today. Some of the same wants and desires still apply and some are being met in a new way.
2013 notes to 2010 list.
2010 FILM – still want more WRITING – might be at right amount of this COMEDY – getting some of this with jobs MUSIC/DJ – getting some PLACE/VENUE – own bar/restaurant/theater for movies/host B&B, trivia, bands, games, art, sports, wine —-> still a MAYBE B&B – get paid, franchise, web videos —> YES, starting to work TV SHOW – cable, local - ooh, yeah, more of this, please EVENT PLANNER - wow, a lot of my current job, now RADIO – host, podcasts - see above, sort of, could be more. BIZ w/ MU friends (names held here for privacy) TRAVEL – always want more of this…
Here’s my 2012 faves mixtape with some tracks missing because they’re not on Spotify. Most notably “Always Alright” by Alabama Shakes from Silver Linings Playbook. But this is a good representation of what I liked this year. We used to make tapes, then CD-Rs, now we have this. So, listen for free and enjoy! Merry Holidays! El Jefe.