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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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.

Tag originator: Read Susie Read (https://www.youtube.com/user/readsusieread)

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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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Named for poet Sylvia Plath, who famous 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: http://www.darwinawards.com/

Learn more about Sylvia Plath here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Plath

Learn more about ovens here: http://www.sears.com/appliances-wall-ovens/b-1202533086

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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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This makes two videos in a row in which I wear a NIck Cave and 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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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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Once again I purge Facebook for suggestions about how to destroy books. And once again I don’t have a valid reason for wanting to destroy books. It’s who I am. Lay off me!

Today’s request: “Put “Fahrenheit 451” in an oven set to 452…. Let’s test this….” Can do.

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It’s June. How did I do with my May TBR+TBD? And what do I have planned for June? Watch to find out.

What I’ll be reading:

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (still)
  • The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw , Joel Warner (almost finished)
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin

What I’ll be drinking:

  • Avery Anniversary Twenty One from Avery Brewing
  • Milk Stout from Duck-Rabbit
  • Imperial Stout from Samuel Smiths
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Horny Goat

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When we read books, we think about them. Sometimes at length. We discuss them with friends. We review them online. But what if the books had thoughts about us? I took some time to observe, and what I discovered is shocking.

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